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Samsung 980 NVMe SSD - TGH Technology and Business Portal/Blog

Samsung Electronics Singapore recently announced the 980 NVMe SSD. The Samsung 980 NVMe SSD is the company’s first consumer drive without DRAM. This drive is delivering the highest performance among DRAM-less SSDs, makes blazing NVMe speeds more accessible to a bigger group of users.

“Through both hardware and software innovations, our new 980 SSD brings greater value to our customers without compromising on high-end NVMe performance,” said Jacus Long, Director & Head, Display and Brand Memory Business, Samsung Electronics Singapore. “The 980 offers an excellent blend of speed, power efficiency and reliability, making it suitable for everyday PC users and gamers as well as content creators who are also cost-sensitive in current market conditions.”

Previous DRAM-less designs have a disadvantage in speed without the short-term memory at hand for fast access to data. Samsung’s 980 utilises Host Memory Buffer (HMB) technology, linking the drive directly to the host processor’s DRAM to overcome any performance drawbacks. This technology, combined with the company’s the 6th Generation V-NAND as well as optimised controller and firmware, enables the 980 to provide NVMe performance with 6X the speed of SATA SSDs. Sequential read and write speeds come in at up to 3,500 and 3,000 MB/s, while random read and write performances are rated as high as 500K IOPS and 480K IOPS, respectively

The newly upgraded Intelligent TurboWrite 2.0 also offers significantly enhanced sustained performance over the previous iteration4 by allocating a much larger buffer storage area inside the drive.

For users working with extremely large files or running graphics-heavy games, the new ‘Full Power Mode’ added to Samsung’s Magician 6.3 software allows the drive to continuously run at peak performance for uninterrupted work and play.

Thanks to Samsung’s advanced thermal designs, consumers will no longer have to worry about their drive overheating. With Dynamic Thermal Guard Technology, nickel-coated controller and heat spreader label solutions available in Samsung’s high-end 980 series, users can enjoy stable and reliable performance even during prolonged use. The SSD further features improved power efficiency of up to 56% when compared to the previous 970 EVO, allowing laptop users to better manage power usage.

For more information on Samsung 980 NVMe SSD, please visit this link.

Local Pricing and Availability

All models of the Samsung 980 NVMe SSD will be available for purchase at Samsung Online Store, online and retail stores of Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Gain City and Harvey Norman, and major consumer electronics and IT stores, as well as Popular and Sim Lim retail outlets, and Samsung Official Store in Lazada and Shopee.

Product Storage Recommended Retail Price
Samsung 980 NVMe SSD 250GB $72
500GB $102
1TB $188

Key Technical Specifications 


Samsung 980 NVMe SSD


PCIe Gen.3.0 x4, NVMe 1.4

Form Factor

M.2 (2280)


1TB, 500GB, 250GB

Sequential Read/Write Speed

Up to 3,500 / 3,000 MB/s

Random Read/Write Speed (QD32)

Up to 500K IOPS / 480K IOPS

Management Software

Samsung Magician

Data Encryption

AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption, TCG/Opal V2.0, Encrypted Drive (IEEE1667)

Total Bytes Written

600TBW (1TB)

300TBW (500GB)

150TBW (250GB)


Five-year Limited Warranty

* Information and pictures courtesy of Samsung Electronics and IN.FOM *

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