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Samsung 980 NVMe SSD review: Zippy upgrade

Samsung 980 NVMe SSD review: Zippy upgrade

Samsung 980 NVMe SSD

Those looking for fast loading times, look no further. The Samsung 980 NVMe SSD is exactly that. The NVMe solid state drive plugs directly into your motherboard's M.2 port and makes your programs load really quick. I'm quite impressed with the performance from Samsung's latest entry-level NVMe SSD.

Quick specs

  • Sequential read write speeds of up to 3,500 / 3,000 MB/s
  • 1TB, 500GB, 250GB capacities
  • 5-year limited warranty

If you're thinking of making the switch, you will need to make sure your PC's motherboard supports the M.2 port. Most motherboards from the last five years should be fine, but take a look inside just to be sure. Alternatively, you can always use a PCIe adaptor. When installing, be sure not to accidentally plug it into the M.2 Wifi port. That said, it's usually labeled, so you can't go wrong.

Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
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Speed wise, you're looking at read and write speeds of 3,497.19 MB/s and 2,949.07 MB/s for the 980 NVMe SSD. A 1GB file would take 0.29s to transfer. That's also slightly faster read speeds but slower write speeds compared to the last generation 970 EVO Plus (3462.43 MB/s and 3047.12 MB/s). Mind you, my older drive has seen some use compared to the fresh 980. It's also a lot faster than the SATA-based Samsung SSD 870 EVO.

Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
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While this SSD sits at the bottom of the Samsung product line, it's performance is enough to pit it against the best of its last-generation products. What sets it apart is that it's DRAM-less, meaning that it may perform slower on heavy data workloads compared to the Pro versions (that are coming). But if you don't do anything like that, you're probably fine for day-to-day use.

At S$188 officially for the 1TB version, S$102 for 500GB and S$72 for 250GB, the Samsung 980 NVMe SSD is pretty darn affordable. It's also pretty good performance for light users. Those with heavy data workloads may want to consider the Pro versions instead. You can get it on Shopee or Lazada.

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Note: Review provided by Samsung.


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Verdict



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This entry-level NVMe SSD is a great buy.

Buy from Shopee
Buy from Lazada
Available at Amazon US

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