Samsung 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 SSD Revealed With Monster 6.5GB/sec Read Performance

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If you're currently in possession of an AMD X570- or TRX40-based motherboard, we've got some excellent news for you. The folks at Samsung have long offered some of the fastest PCIe 3.0 based SSDs on the market, and the company is now ready to start shifting its attention to the [consumer] PCIe 4.0 market.

The folks at AnandTech were able to lay eyes on Samsung's upcoming 980 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD, and it will take full advantage of the additional bandwidth offered by PCIe 4.0. According to the report, the 980 Pro will be available in capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB.

However, what everyone wants to know is how these new SSDs will perform. While previously announced PCIe 4.0 SSDs typically top out with 5GB/sec sequential reads and 4.5GB/sec sequential writes, the 980 Pro improves upon those figures at 6GB/sec and 5GB/sec respectively.

At this point, we don't have any specifics on what controller Samsung is using or what type of NAND flash it's using, but all we need to know at this point is that this will be among the fastest SSDs on the consumer market when it lands later this year.

The Samsung 980 Pro will be facing some stiff competition in 2020, as Lexar has already shown off a prototype PCIe 4.0 SSD using 96-layer 3D TLC NAND that is currently hitting 6.2GB/sec sequential reads and 4.2GB/sec sequential writes. Lexar says that the former figure will likely top 7GB/sec for production examples.

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