Review: Samsung 980 1TB NVMe SSD

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Samsung returns with a new M.2 NVMe SSD in their reputable 900 series product line, this, however, is a value proposition. We test the new Samsung SSD 980, which would be the non-PRO model. It is a pr...

    Review: Samsung 980 1TB NVMe SSD
     
  2. cucaulay malkin

    cucaulay malkin Maha Guru

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    uncompelling
    there's better dramless budget drives like HP ex series
    ex900 is 95eur
    140eur for a dramless drive is too much
     
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    Noisiv Ancient Guru

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    my 850 PRO 256 GB is
    • 7 years old
    • 4.3 years Power ON
    • 47 TB written
    • 91% Health

    Warranty: 10 years warranty, or 150 TBW, whichever comes first.

    My warranty will expire 3 years from now having written 45% of 150 TB.
    So it looks to me that warranty-wise 'years' is more important than 'TB written', because it will expire sooner. I would need 22 years to write 150 TB at current rate.
     
  4. rl66

    rl66 Ancient Guru

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    Even more on the Samsung PRO were on last gen you have some TLC and some "real" MLC in the same product line, all badged MLC.
     
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  5. cucaulay malkin

    cucaulay malkin Maha Guru

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    Im never selling mine either.those disks don't die under normal conditions.
    https://www.guru3d.com/news-story/e...o-comes-to-an-end-after-9100tb-of-writes.html

    [​IMG]
     
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  6. RealNC

    RealNC Ancient Guru

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    Can you please explain? The Samsung 970 Evo (and even the Evo Plus) are somewhat cheaper at the same capacities. Why are you recommending the 980 and also, why didn't you point out the fact that Samsung themselves have better and at the same time cheaper SSDs than this one? So what exactly did you mean by "value proposition" in your review if this SSD is actually more expensive than Samsung's better SSDs? What "value" are you talking about?
     
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  7. Robbo9999

    Robbo9999 Ancient Guru

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    Another decent performing NVMe 3.0 drive, with the most impressive function being it's large pSLC cache that means almost no write holes unless you write a silly huge chunk to the drive.......but otherwise I think you just choose based on capacity & price, the lack of write holes is the stand out feature of this drive though.
     
  8. cucaulay malkin

    cucaulay malkin Maha Guru

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    what about the mounting hole?
     
  9. Corrupt^

    Corrupt^ Ancient Guru

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    My 840 Pro is also still going strong, somewhere in the 60 TB's written. Might even outlive the newer SSD at this rate :x
     
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    I'll stick to my 970 EVO 2TB a little bit longer :D
     

  11. Margalus

    Margalus Master Guru

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    So this can be had for $129 vs $143 for 970 evo in 1TB flavor. Just barely cheaper at this point, but it is cheaper.
     
  12. Robbo9999

    Robbo9999 Ancient Guru

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    I dunno, an NVMe drive is an NVMe drive in terms of physical installation isn't it?
     
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    kakiharaFRS Master Guru

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    Prince Valiant Master Guru

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    Value for Samsung's margins?
     
  15. RealNC

    RealNC Ancient Guru

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    Well, it's kind of self-evident :p I mean, how many times can you rewrite the whole SSD? That number is constant for all sizes. For example if you rewrite a 500GB SSD 100 times, that's 50TB of data written. If you rewrite a 1TB SSD 100 times, that's 100TB of data written.

    So really, the warranty rating is about how many times you can rewrite every block on the SSD. That number is the same for all capacities. But if you translate that number to TBW, then it becomes clear the larger capacity models will last longer if you write the same amount of data compared to a smaller capacity model.
     

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    Not sure how any samsung 980 series drive can be recommended, the 970 series is better value for money.
     
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    I would recommend this SSD only to my enemies...
    I don't know what Samsung was thinking - maybe fool some people into buying but why??? - there are better propositions from Samsung itself - not to talk about competition...
     
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    If I pay the premium for nvme I want dram cache. That said its a pretty low MSRP and far better performance than a 3.5 without the durability issues of QLC. I would pick one of these up if they are ever on sale for like $50 for 500GB. However the 970 EVO is $75 right now on sale and i would rather pay the extra $5.
    Another good cheap option is to buy OEM Samsung nvmes off eBay which is my goto for 256GB which is enough for most standard usages, usually you can find them as low as $30.
     

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