Not too long ago, we had the opportunity to experience Samsung’s flagship SSD, the 980 Pro, which uses the latest technologies and comes with high-bandwidth PCIe gen 4 for “tearing” speeds. However, the small limitation is that only the latest platforms from Intel (CPU gen 11 and Mainboard Z590) or AMD (CPU Ryzen 3000, 5000 and Mainboard X570, B550) support.
So for those who use older or lower generations, which SSD is the best to buy? The answer is Samsung 980.
Samsung 980 still uses the popular M2 PCIe gen 3 connection standard, compatible with the vast majority of systems from old to new, the speed is not bad, and importantly, the price is very affordable, not too high like other models. PCIe gen 4. This is the reason for gamers who are intending to upgrade or build a new PC to choose this product.
In terms of design and packaging, the Samsung 980 is similar to the previous Samsung 980 Pro, only replaced with yellow text. The SSD still uses the M.2 standard. 2280 “national”. A little bit attractive is that the Samsung 980 still has a label cum heat sink on the back to help release heat better during use.
Inside, Samsung 980 uses Samsung’s 6th generation V-NAND memory chip, 128 layers, DRAMless design with Samsung Pablo controller. To accelerate, this SSD integrates TurboWrite 2.0 technology, but unlike the Samsung 980 Pro, the product only has a dynamic TLC cache (instead of combining both static and dynamic) plus a lower-end controller. Therefore, despite the large capacity, when the data buffer is full, the speed will not be as high as the elder.
To test the speed of Samsung 980, we will plug the SSD into the configuration system as follows:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Mainboard: Asus X570 ROG Strix F-Gaming
RAM: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 32GB bus 3200
Graphics card: INNO3D RTX 3080 Ti iChill x4
Source: Corsair RM850
The first test is benchmarking with the familiar Crystal Disk Mark software:
The sequential read and write speed of the Samsung 980 is relatively high but still a bit lower than the NSX’s announced when reaching 3200 MB/s (read) and 2320 MB/s (write). Next, the random read and write speed (4K) is very good with 62 MB / s (read) and 161 MB / s (write), allowing to load games or software very quickly.
Next will be a more realistic test when copying the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla game with a capacity of more than 60GB to the SSD.
The resulting speed was around 1.6 GB/s about a quarter of the way before running out of cache and dropping to 800 – 900 MB/s at the end. It must be said that it is quite fast and stable when copying heavy data to “mixed” like this.
In terms of game downloads, we will try with the benchmark software Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers
The 5-screen loading speed is 11 seconds, which is very fast compared to the PCIe gen 3 SSD models on the market.
The operating temperature of the Samsung 980 can be up to 68 degrees Celsius in the closed case, the room temperature is about 29 degrees Celsius and running stress tests. As for the air-conditioned room about 24 degrees Celsius and running common tasks such as loading games or copying data, it is about 55 degrees Celsius only.
Overall, the Samsung 980 is a very reasonable SSD for gamers or content creators in the current conditions, when the PCIe gen 3 connection standard is still more popular and it is important that the speed of the product is still responsive. normal usage needs.
Currently, Samsung 980 has 3 versions including 250GB for 1.58 million VND, 500GB for about and 1TB for 4.1 million VND, widely sold at agents throughout Vietnam, officially distributed by Samsung Electronics. Vinh Xuan computer company.