Samsung has unveiled the company’s first consumer PCIe 4.0 NVMe solid-state drive (SSD) – the Samsung 980 Pro. Optimised for handling data-intensive applications, the 980 Pro is meant for consumers and professionals who work with 4K and 8K content and play graphics-heavy games.
The Samsung SSD 980 Pro comes in 1TB, 500GB and 250GB models, and will be available worldwide starting this month, while the 2TB capacity model will be available by the end of the year. The 980 PRO’s manufacturer’s suggested retail prices start at $89.99 for the 250GB model, $149.99 for the 500GB model, and $229.99 for the 1TB model.
Samsung claims that all of the key components of the SSD, including the custom Elpis controller, V-NAND and DRAM, are completely designed in-house to deliver the full potential of PCIe 4.0. This allows the 980 PRO to provide sequential read and write speeds of up to 7,000 MB/s and 5,000 MB/s respectively, as well as random read and write speeds of up to 1,000K IOPS 2, claims the company. The 980 Pro comes with thermal control solutions and employs a nickel coating on the controller as well as a heat spreader label on the back side of the SSD for efficient thermal management.