These days, storage buyers are having a blast. We have covered a tonne of fantastic hard disc drive (HDD) deals, focusing primarily on the CMR models that are excellent for NAS operations. Solid-state drives (SSDs), however, are also offering significant discounts if you prefer something lightning-fast to high-capacity spinning disks. The Samsung 980 Pro PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD is one such SSD (buying link below).
Sequential read speeds on the 980 Pro are up to 7,000MB/s, which is twice as fast as what Samsung promised for the 970 Pro SSD, and sequential write speeds are up to 5,000MB/s, which is nearly four times as fast as the predecessor, which promised 2,700MB/s for the 1TB version. The 980 Pro guarantees random writes and reads at up to 1,000K IOPS.
The vanilla 980 lacks DRAM cache and instead relies on host memory buffer (HMB) technology, making the 980 Pro superior to it.
The faster Samsung 990 Pro model recently replaced the slower Samsung 980 Pro model, driving down the cost of the 980 Pro. The following links will let you purchase the Samsung 980 Pro 1TB and 2TB models with heatsinks:
- The MSRP for the heatsink-less Samsung 1TB 980 Pro (M.2 2280, 1GB LPDDR4 DRAM cache) is $229, but it is currently available on Amazon US for $149.99.
- The MSRP for the Samsung 2TB 980 Pro with heatsink is $429.99 (Amazon US); it has an M.2 2280 interface and a 2GB LPDDR4 DRAM cache.
Although you can certainly save a few dollars by choosing the heatsink-free models, SSDs are extremely heat-sensitive, so the models with heatsinks are usually well worth the money unless you want to make your own. Additionally, if you’re looking for a portable SSD option, take a look at this article.