DrivesSSD The next leaders of the giant company to the domestic market pop up to visit the official website - and then disappear again
The new PCI-Express 4.0 NVMe drives have been with us for a year, but some of the biggest names in the business have not yet fully joined the celebration - and that includes Samsung, which is not in a hurry to introduce us its new series for the domestic market that can advance beyond the threshold Of 3.5 GB per second, despite a wealth of evidence for its existence that has been popping up in the corners of the network in recent months. Now, it seems we're closer than ever to joining the storage market leader in the celebration - with an official page for the new 980 Pro models on display (And documented) On an official website shortly before it expires.
Samsung's first PCI-Express 4.0 model aimed at the home market (or at least its top end) and the successor to one of the most popular and considered series in the fieldSSD Revealed along with its full technical specifications - and despite the general enthusiasm that the Korean giant is finally working to innovate and refresh its offering has left us with quite a few significant question marks.
Despite the gradual reduction in the price of flash chips that has become drives SSD With large volumes of over a terabyte for more affordable and popular people, it seems that Samsung has once again decided to limit the new leading 980 Pro series to volumes between 250GB and 1TB - despite the move to chip-based NAND In a more dense TLC configuration compared to chips NAND In MLC configuration in the 970 Pro generation.
The 980 Pro models are based on a controller SSD New self-made by סמסונג Under the nickname Elpis, with the ability to reach the full potential of the M.2 connector and provide continuous transfer speeds of up to 7,000 MB per second in read, alongside speeds of up to 5,000 MB per second in writing, while also performing randomly with small 4KB files Reaching up to 1,000,000 IOPS in both reading and writing sounds like a new record in the home market - yet another relative disadvantage revealed in the new generation is a significantly limited warranty, which covers writing of 30 percent of the drive volume every day every five years (compared to warranty for writing volume Of 66 percent of the drive volume each day for 5 years in the 970 Pro family).
Even the current writing volume for the 980 Pro is not bad at all and should please a large part of the users - but it is worth noting that the large warranty volumes were one of the main justifications for the high prices of the Pro series in the past, for consumers who know in advance and need maximum reliability Invest the resources for it. All this will no longer be true in the new incarnation, where the amount of writing covered under official warranty will be virtually the same as that of the cheaper 970 EVO series drives.
We still do not know what the official availability date of the 980 Pro models will be and what their recommended price will be, but it is likely that it will be significantly higher than the mainstream prices of the drives.NVMe Up-to-date, even if we choose to focus solely on standard drives PCI-Express 4.0 - and from this reasonable assessment it is difficult to understand and explain the manufacturer's decisions. On the one hand, the required progress from MLC chips to TLC chips makes the drive more explosive and compact and also shortens its life expectancy, and on the other hand, Samsung chooses not to use modern technology to provide larger and more relevant volumes for 2020.
We hope for more details and explanations about the 980 Pro, as well as other PCIe 4.0 models of the company, as soon as possible.