New Samsung 980 NVMe SSD without DRAM now available  

    New Samsung 980 NVMe SSD without DRAM now available

    New Samsung 980 NVMe SSD without DRAM now available

    Last Updated: 09 Mar 2021 at 11:23
    Samsung Electronics America, the world leader in advanced memory technology, today announced the 980 NVMe SSD[1], the company’s first consumer drive without DRAM. Delivering the highest performance among DRAM-less SSDs[2], the new 980 makes blazing NVMe speeds more accessible to a wider range of users.

    “Through both hardware and software innovations, our new 980 SSD brings greater value without compromising the high-end NVMe performance,” said KyuYoung Lee, vice president of Memory Brand Product Business team at Samsung. “The 980 offers an excellent blend of speed, power efficiency and reliability, making it suitable for everyday PC users and gamers as well as content creators.”

    Previously, DRAM-less designs have presented a disadvantage in speed without the short-term memory at hand for fast access to data. Samsung’s 980 utilizes Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology, which links the drive directly to the host processor’s DRAM to overcome any performance drawbacks. This technology, coupled with the company’s latest sixth-generation V-NAND as well as optimized controller and firmware, enables the 980 to provide NVMe performance with six times the speed of SATA SSDs. Sequential read and write speeds come in at up to 3,500 and 3,000 MB/s, while random read and write performances are rated as high as 500K IOPS and 480K IOPS[3], respectively.

    The newly upgraded Intelligent TurboWrite 2.0 also offers significantly enhanced sustained performance over the previous iteration[4] by allocating a much larger buffer storage area inside the drive.

    For users working with extremely large files or running graphics-heavy games, the new ‘Full Power Mode’ added to Samsung’s Magician 6.3 software allows the drive to continuously run at peak performance for uninterrupted work and play.
    Additionally, consumers will no longer have to worry about their drive overheating, thanks to its advanced thermal designs. Users can enjoy stable and reliable performance even during prolonged use thanks to the same Dynamic Thermal Guard technology, nickel-coated controller and heat spreader label solutions available in Samsung’s high-end 980 series.

    The SSD also features improved power efficiency of up to 56% when compared to the previous 970 EVO,[5] allowing laptop users to better manage power usage.

    The Samsung 980 SSD is available for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $49.99 for the 250GB, $69.99 for the 500GB and $129.99 for the 1TB. For more information, please visit or

    Key Specifications

    Category Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Interface PCIe Gen.3.0 x4, NVMe 1.4
    Form Factor M.2 (2280)
    Capacity 1TB, 500GB, 250GB
    Sequential Read/Write Speed Up to 3,500 / 3,000 MB/s
    Random Read/Write Speed (QD32) Up to 500K IOPS / 480K IOPS
    Management Software Samsung Magician
    Data Encryption AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption, TCG/Opal V2.0, Encrypted Drive (IEEE1667)
    Total Bytes Written 600TBW (1TB)
    300TBW (500GB)
    150TBW (250GB)
    Warranty [6] Five-year Limited Warranty [7]

    Source: Samsung’s 980 NVMe SSD Combines Speed and Affordability to Set a New Standard in Consumer SSD Performance - Samsung US Newsroom

    See also: 980 PCIe 3.0 NVMe Gaming SSD 1TB Memory & Storage - MZ-V8V1T0B/AM | Samsung US

    Brink's Avatar Posted By: Brink
    09 Mar 2021

  1. Posts : 231

    Faster, cheaper,,,,,,,,,,,,, better??
      My Computer

  2. Posts : 7,254
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    I'm a bit confused as the 980 Pro is a gen 4 drive and this iteration is saying its gen 3?
      My Computers


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