Samsung introduced its first NVMe drive with PCIe 4.0 interface
Samsung announced its first consumer SSD drive with support for PCIe 4.0 back in January 2020, but it did not arrive at retail at that time. Finally, the vendor announced the imminent launch of sales of a proprietary SSD line called 980 Pro with impressive read and write speeds, and revealed the key features of the new products.
According to Samsung, the maximum read speed of the 980 Pro series drives will reach 7000 MB/s, and write - 5000 MB/s, provided that the motherboard supports PCIe 4.0. Now solutions based on AMD X570/B550 chipsets are equipped with corresponding slots, and by the end of the year, new models with Intel system logic sets equipped with new types of connectors are expected to appear.
Thanks to the use of PCI-Express 4.0, the company was able to double the performance of the drive compared to the third generation of the interface, and 12.7 times compared to SATA. The drives are equipped with 1 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, as well as 3-bit V-NAND cells of the TLC standard. After the release of the 980 Pro series, Samsung will discontinue the 970 Evo line.
Three variants of the SSD 980 Pro will be available for sale with 250 and 500 GB of memory, as well as 1 TB. The start date and price of new products will be announced later.