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Samsung releases new consumer SSD for gaming, high-end PC applications

All News 08:59 September 23, 2020

SEOUL, Sept. 23 (Yonhap) -- Samsung Electronics Co. on Tuesday unveiled a new consumer solid state drive (SSD) product that boasts enhanced performance for gaming and high-performance PC applications.

Samsung introduced the 980 PRO, the company's first consumer SSD based on the fourth generation of the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) motherboard interface with Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) storage protocol.

"Optimized for handling data-intensive applications, the 980 PRO is ideal for consumers and professionals who work with 4K and 8K content, and play graphics-heavy games," the South Korean tech giant said.

"All the key components, including the custom Elpis controller, V-NAND and DRAM, are completely designed in-house to deliver the full potential of PCIe 4.0."

This photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. on Sept. 23, 2020, shows the company's new consumer solid state drive (SSD), the 980 PRO. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The SSD 980 PRO comes in 1 terabyte (TB), 500 gigabyte (GB) and 250GB models with respective price tags of US$229.99, US$149.99 and US$89.99. It will be available in 40 countries starting this month, while the 2TB capacity model will be released by the end of this year.

Samsung said the 980 PRO delivers sequential read and write speeds of up to 7,000 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 5,000 MB/s, respectively. It also provides random and read write speeds up to 1,000K input/output operations per second, making the product roughly two times faster than the 970 PRO released in 2018.

The world's top memory chip producer said the 980 PRO also comes with advanced thermal control solutions. It applied a nickel coating on the controller, as well as a heat spreader label on the back side of the SSD. It also utilizes Samsung's Dynamic Thermal Guard technology that supports the drive's temperature to stay at the optimal level.


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