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Samsung 980 SSD Review Rundown

Samsung Electronics | Published on 02 Apr 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
Keywords: samsungssd

Overview

Photo of Samsung 980 SSD
  • Impressive performance for a 3.0 drive
  • High durability rating
  • Excellent software suite
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The Samsung SSD 980 is a four-lane PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 drive manufactured on an M.2 Type-2280 (80mm long) design. It's rated for 600 terabytes written (TBW) at the 1TB size variant. Performance-wise, the drive just barely misses the mark set by the SSD 980 Pro.
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.

Rundown

pcmag[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Samsung SSD 980 is a four-lane PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 drive manufactured on an M.2 Type-2280 (80mm long) design. It's rated for 600 terabytes written (TBW) at the 1TB size variant, which is a surprising feat for the famously less-durable MLC. The Samsung comes in at 13 cents per gigabyte at its launch list price of $129.99.
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Pros[**]
  • High durability rating for a 4K drive
  • Good value for money
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

pcworld[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from Pcworld have found the following[***]:
The Samsung 980 Pro is the fastest end-user NVMe SSD we've ever tested under just about any kind of load. While it offers decent performance under normal, light use, it suffers major issues with random 4K performance when you bang on it with multiple threads or large amounts of data. The 980 will ship in three flavors:250GB, 500GB and the capacity we tested, 1TB.
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Pros[**]
  • Faster than the 970 EVO/EVO Plus
  • Highly configurable
  • Excellent performance under load
Cons[**]
  • Lacks native 3-bit writing
  • Very slow write performance

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Samsung 980 falls into a weird space, and it simply feels like Samsung put its efforts elsewhere. We tested the 1TB model, and though it performs near the front of the pack for PCIe 3.0 SSDs in spite of its lack of DRAM, it doesn't lead the way. Both the Corsair MP400 and SK Hynix Gold P31 give Samsung a hard time finding space for itself.
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Pros[**]
  • Decent sequential read and write performance
  • Solid price-to-performance ratio
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Samsung SSD 980 Review. Pcmag. 2021-03-09. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  2. 2. ^ Samsung 980 NVMe SSD review: Low-ball pricing, light-duty performance. Pcworld. 2021-03-09. Retrieved 2021-03-12.
  3. 3. ^ Samsung 980 SSD review. Techradar. 2021-03-31. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  4. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  5. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  6. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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