Samsung 980 PRO Review Rundown
Samsung 980 PRO is the company's first PCIe 4.0 x4 series of M.2 drives with capacities up to 2TB. Samsung is abandoning the two bit per cell (MLC) memory that has been the hallmark of the PRO product lines.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.
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Reviewers from Anandtech have found the following[***]:
With the 980 PRO, Samsung is finally switching to three bit per cell (TLC) NAND flash memory. The 980 PRO's use of TLC instead of MLC may be the end of an era for SSDs. It has as much PCIe bandwidth as new PCIe 4.0 x4 SSDs, but the PM1725a is tuned for enterprise use cases.
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Samsung SSD 980 Pro is an M.2 drive with support for the latest iteration of the PCI Express bus. It's a bit expensive in the $229.99 1TB version we tested (it starts at $89.99 for a fourth of that trunk space) But it's an excellent value for its raw speed, if you can harness it.
Reviewers from Pcworld have found the following[***]:
The 980 Pro sports the same 2280 (22 mm wide, 80 mm long) form factor as all mainstream NVMe SSDs. You get 512MB of cache on the 256GB drive and 512GB drive ($150 on Amazon) The yet-to-be-priced 2TB model will have 2GB of cache. Samsung sent the 2TB version of the 980 Pro to us on 2/1/2021.
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
Samsung's new 980 Pro NVMe drives leverage the increased bandwidth of PCI Express 4.0. The drive is the standard 2280 length, and will fit and work on an existing PCIe 3.0 M.2 slot if you are waiting for a new system to be built, but you want this storage now. The fastest memory on the 980 Pro is the LPDDR4 DRAM, and then beneath that is the SLC cache and then the active storage, TLC NAND.
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Samsung 980 Pro is the first Samsung SSD to take advantage of PCIe 4.0. It comes in three storage capacities: 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. There will also be a 2TB model launching sometime in 2020, but we don't know how much that will cost. It's backed by a 5-year warranty, and the TBW rating is set to 300TB.
Reviewers from Tomshardware have found the following[***]:
For the first time, the company's flagship Pro series SSD doesn't come with 2-bit MLC flash. Instead, the 980 Pro uses Samsung's latest 3-bit TLC flash to reduce costs. Samsung's 980 Pro is the SSD to get if you're building a high-end gaming or work machine with bleeding-edge performance in mind.
- 1. ^ The Samsung 980 PRO PCIe 4.0 SSD Review: A Spirit of Hope. Anandtech. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 2. ^ Samsung SSD 980 Pro Review. Pcmag. 22 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 3. ^ Samsung 980 Pro NVMe SSD review: PCIe 4.0 for the win. Pcworld. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 4. ^ Samsung 980 Pro review. Techadvisor. 19 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 5. ^ Samsung 980 Pro review. Techradar. 01 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 6. ^ Samsung 980 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD Review: Redefining Gen4 Performance (Updated). Tomshardware. 17 February 2021. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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