Last year at Computex 2019, we’ve seen the blazing-fast AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD with 5,000MB/s sequential read and it’s the fastest single NVMe SSD at the time. This year at CES 2020, Samsung is pushing beyond that limit to 6,500MB/s with its newly announced 980 PRO PCIe Gen4 SSD.

Samsung 980 Pro PCIe Gen4 SSD (1)

The technical specifications have yet to be released but the PC reported that the new SSD Samsung is working on is equipped with the 6th generation V-NAND which has an increased stack size of 128-layers and it will not be using a Phison controller.

Samsung 980 Pro PCIe Gen4 SSD (3)

Performance Comparison: 980 PRO 1TB vs. 970 EVO Plus 1TB

  980 PRO 1TB (PCIe 4.0) 980 PRO 1TB (PCIe 3.0) 970 EVO Plus 1TB (PCIe 3.0)
  Read Write Read Write Read Write
Speed 6,500MB/s 5,000MB/s 3,500MB/s 3,300MB/s 3,541MB/s 3,018MB/s
Power 7.11W 6.44W 4.03W 4.02W 4.94W 4.98W

Positioned as the successor to the 970 EVO Plus, the 980 PRO is about 1.8 times faster than most conventional PCIe 3.0 X4 SSD and about 11 times faster than SATA SSD, which makes it ideal for creators and enthusiasts who have a higher demand on storage speed.

These speeds, however, can only be achieved on systems using the latest AMD Ryzen 3rd CPU and X570 chipset motherboards. It will still be backward compatible with PCIe 3.0 but 3,500MB/s sequential read and 3,300MB/s sequential write is the peak performance you will get on systems that only support up to PCIe 3.0 – about the same as the 970 EVO Plus.

The 980 PRO comes in three capacities of 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and will be available in the US and Korean market on January 21, 2020.

Source: PC Watch

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