The competition has been around for a while, but what lasts longer might be really good. Following this motto, Samsung has finally introduced PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs for consumers.
The Samsung 980 PRO was already introduced at the CES 2020 and should have been in the stores by August at the latest. But probably the supply chains interrupted by Corona caused a little more delay.
With write speeds of up to 5,000 MB/s and read speeds of up to 7,000 MB/s, the SSD market leader is now also meeting the expectations of the new PCIe 4.0 model. Because such data rates are simply not possible with a PCIe 3.0 interface with the same interface width (x4). However, you need a computer that provides a fast PCIe 4.0 interface - and this is currently only available from AMD.
In addition, the new 980 PRO has become a bit more EVO than its predecessor (970 PRO) from a technical point of view. Because now 3D TLC memory (with 3 bits per cell) is used, while the old PRO models were actually characterized by particularly reliable 2-bit MLC flash memory.
In fact, the 980 PRO also writes with much less speed once the SLC cache is filled. This happens with the 1 TB model after about 36 GB.
Also the Total Bytes Written (TBW) after which the otherwise 5-year warranty expires is halved compared to the predecessor (e.g. with the 1TB model to 600 TB). However, long-term tests conducted by Heise and other Internet magazines in the past have shown that even if the TBW is significantly exceeded, most SSDs are still a long way from a failure caused by this.
What is surprising, however, is that Samsung is presenting the 1TB model as its flagship in the new series and has not yet planned any larger models. Not only we, as video cutters, think that a market for SSDs with more capacity is certainly waiting here. According to Heise, however, there are already references to a 2TB model, but this has not yet been announced.
Speaking of waiting: The new Samsung 980 PRO is to be available in three versions with 250 GB (84 Euro), 500 GB (137 Euro) and 1 TByte (210 Euro). However, no online store has yet listed it as available.