Samsung Preparing 970 and 980 NVMe SSDs



/ 11 months ago

Samsung Preparing 970 and 980 NVMe SSDs

Samsung is preparing to launch two new next-gen NVMe SSDs, specifically the Samsung 970 and Samsung 980, according to Tom’s Hardware. Furthermore, the report is corroborated by Vietmanese shop Saiback and Chinese store Taobao. Specifically, the two new drives feature Samsung’s Polaris 2 controller and state-of-the-art 3D NAND flash. In addition, the drives boast impressive read/write speeds, as seen below. Curiously, the new SSDs seem to be ditching Samsung’s usual EVO/Pro branding. However, these drives are OEM versions, as evidenced by the PM-series moniker; in this case, PM981.

Samsung 970 and 980 NVMe SSD Specifications

The following information comes via Saiback and is not yet confirmed:

PM981 512GB

  • Part Number: MZVLB512HAJQ-0000
  • Form Factor: 2280 SS
  • Interface: PCIe 3.0 x4
  • Controller: Samsung Polaris V2
  • Flash: Samsung 64-Layer TLC
  • Sequential Read: 3,000 MB/s
  • Sequential Write: 1,800 MB/s
  • Random Read: 270,000 IOPS
  • Random Write: 420,000 IOPS
  • Pricing (USD): $233

PM981 1TB

  • Part Number: MZVLB1T10HALR-0000
  • Form Factor: 2280 SS
  • Interface: PCIe 3.0 x4
  • Controller: Samsung Polaris V2
  • Flash: Samsung 64-Layer TLC
  • Sequential Read: 3,200 MB/s
  • Sequential Write: 2,400 MB/s
  • Random Read: 380,000 IOPS
  • Random Write: 440,000 IOPS
  • Pricing (USD): $439

Price and Availability

The two prices listed above are conversions from Vietnamese Dong, so do not reflect the US MSRP. Release dates are as yet unknown.

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