Samsung has finally introduced a 980 SSD that isn’t part of the high-priced Pro line, and that’s especially good news for performance-conscious PC users – with one caveat. Company’s new entry-level NVMe 980 drive is billed as a significant upgrade over the long term 970 Evo with similar sequential read speeds (up to 3,500 MB / s), but faster writes (up to 3,000 MB / s versus 2,500 MB / s), and more sustained performance thanks to a buffer memory bigger. It even promises 36% lower power consumption, 54% higher power efficiency and improved cooling which should prevent overheating. So it may be a better fit for laptops.
However, Samsung is also ditching built-in DRAM on the regular 980, joining the ranks of lower-cost SSDs. That’s promising ‘identical’ speeds to faster DRAM drives in part using Host Memory Buffer technology to directly access system RAM, but it’s clear it’s a trade-off to keep prices low and compete. low-end SSDs.
These prices are fortunately low. Samsung sells the 980 starting at $ 50 for a 250GB model, $ 70 for 500GB, and $ 130 for 1TB (there’s no 2TB edition, at least not yet). This compares favorably to Samsung’s current prices for the 970 Evo line, where a 500GB model normally costs $ 80 and a 1TB drive will set you back $ 160. It’s certainly lower than the prices back in the launch days of the 970 Evo, when even the 250GB drive started at $ 120. The 980 may be worth the money, although it’s not the uniform upgrade you might have hoped for.