Samsung SSD 980 1TB NVMe M.2 Review

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Today, we are taking a look at the Samsung SSD 980. Samsung is known as one of the, if not, the best manufacturer of memory chips out there. Their memory can be found on everything from Graphics Cards to SSDs and even RAM. There was a point in time that their B-Die memory was the most sought after chips as it allowed for the best overclocking capabilities of the product it was on. Sometime after the introduction of consumer-grade DDR4 memory, Samsung decided to cease making their B-Die chips and replace them with A-Die chips. A-Die chips have a higher chip density and were supposed to make memory-based products cheaper. However, with all that is going on in the world, we only saw this for a short period of time. Now, Samsung is trying to take a different approach to keep prices down and offer us a DRAMless NVMe drive. Could DRAMless drives be just what we need to help keep costs down? Only time will tell but for now, it is a good start.

Video Review

If you prefer watching a video review of this drive, you can do so below.

Samsung SSD 980 NVMe M.2 2280 Gen 3×4

The drive features a PCIe Gen3x4 interface and Samsung has gone with their in-house S4LR033 controller. The SSD 980 features a DRAMless architecture and instead, utilises the Host Memory Buffer (HMB) and an upgraded Intelligent Turbowrite 2.0. This will allow the drive to offer blistering fast speeds across PCIe 3 bandwidth. Boasting speeds of up to 3,500 MB/s read, 3,000 MB/s write and a 600TB write endurance, this drive offers both speed and reliability alike.


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