Samsung’s upcoming 980 SSD rumored to equip DRAM-Less PCIe 3.0 x4 technology

Back in 2020, Samsung launched the 980 PRO series of M.2 NVMe SSD with PCIe 4.0×4 channels. This solid-state drive features a read speed of up to 7000MB/s. Now, as per the latest info, the company may introduce 980 non-Pro suffix solid-state drives using PCIe 3.0×4 channels on March 30.

Compared to previous generations, the upcoming SSD doesn’t include the EVO suffix. Besides, it is also unconfirmed whether there will be a 980 EVO product line or not. Moreover, German e-commerce companies have already exposed the pricing information of the Samsung 980 solid-state hard drive ahead of its official launch.

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According to the info, the 980 series products provide a total of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacity options. This SSD is made with 136-layer V-NAND TLC flash memory particles that support the NVMe 1.4 protocol having the SLC simulation cache acceleration function. The drives of this series offer a sequential read speed of 3500MB/s, write speed of 3000MB/s, a 4KN QD32 random read rate of 500,000 IOPS, and a 4KB QD1 random write rate of 480,000 IOPS.

The sequential write speed and random read and write speed has also decreased of Samsung 980 series hard drives compared to the previous generation – 970Evo Plus. However, the sequential read and write speeds of 970Evo Plus are 3500MB/s and 3300MB/s, and the random read and write scores are 620,000 IOPS and 560,000 IOPS.

A few things to be noted that Samsung 980 series SSD supports AES 256-bit, TCG/Opal IEEE 1667 encryption, and the difference from previous products is that there is no onboard independent DRAM cache. Still, the Korean tech giant has not revealed this upcoming product while the reports suggest that the 250G version of the 980 series may be priced around $85, 500GB is priced at around $110, and 1TB is priced at nearly $180.

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