Samsung has announced its first DRAM-less Samsung 980 NVMe SSD for consumers at a cheaper price. The new SSDs have the best of Samsung inside a small but cheaper package.
Samsung 980 NVMe SSD – First DRAM-less but performance?
PS: It’s completely different from Samsung’s 980 Pro.
The new SSDs, as mentioned by Samsung are for everyday use. It includes gamers, content creators, and many more. What’s more – you also get 56% performance and efficiency improvement in comparison to Samsung 970 Evo.
For specifications, the new Samsung 970 NVMe SSD comes with an M.2 (2280) form factor and, as said, an NVMe 1.4 interface, and supports PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 lanes. In terms of speed, Samsung claims a theoretical RW speed of up to 3.5GB/s and 3GB/s respectively. It will come with a Random RW of 500K and 480K IOPS respectively. There will be three variants – 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB right now, with a TBW (TeraBytes written) of 150, 300, and 600 TBW respective to the mentioned storage size.
And now the thing we have to focus on right now – How the hell did Samsung manage to squeeze so much horsepower without DRAM?
The answer is simple – Samsung use what they call has Host Memory Bufffer or HMB which directly links to the CPU’s DRAM and ends up with faster speed than the normal SATA SSDs.
The Samsung 980 NVMe SSD is being sold for $49.99, $69.99 and $129.99 for 250GB, 500GB and 1TB.
PS: Cover Image is for Samsung 980 Pro, since the actual SSD’s image is not available.