Samsung Electronics unveiled the 980 NVMe SSD, the company’s first DRAM-less consumer drive.
According to Samsung, previously, drives that function without a DRAM were slower due to the lack of short-term memory storage for fast access to data. Samsung’s 980 SSD utilizes Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology that directly links the drive to the host processor’s DRAM, canceling out compromises in speed.
This technology is paired alongside the latest sixth-generation V-NAND and other optimal firmware. With this, the 980 is capable of providing NVMe performance six times the speed of SATA SSDs. Producing sequential read and write speeds at 3,500 and 3,00 MB/s, while random read and write performances rate at 500K IOPS and 480K IOPS, respectively.
The newly upgraded Intelligent TurboWrite 2.0 offers a significantly enhanced sustained performance by allocating a much larger buffer storage area inside the drive. Additionally, the 980 m.2 form factor is equipped with Dynamic Thermal Guard technology that guards the drive against overheating. With Dynamic Thermal Guard technology, nickel-coated controller and heat spreader label solutions are available in Samsung’s high-end 980 series.
Furthermore, the company claims that the latest SSD further features improved power efficiency of up to 56% when compared to the previous 970 EVO.
The Samsung 980 SSD is available for a manufacturer’s SRP of USD 49.99 for the 250GB, USD 69.99 for the 500GB, and USD 129.99 for the 1TB. For more information, you may visit the official Samsung website.