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Samsung’s 980 NVMe SSD Combines Speed and Affordability to Set a New Standard in Consumer SSD Performance

Mar 11. 2021

Samsung’s first DRAM-less SSD enables more users to experience NVMe speeds

at affordable price points

Singapore — 10 March 2021 — Samsung Electronics Singapore today announced the 980 NVMe SSD1, the company’s first consumer drive without DRAM. Delivering the highest performance among DRAM-less SSDs2, the new 980 makes blazing NVMe speeds more accessible to a wider range 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.”


Previously, DRAM-less designs have presented 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, which links the drive directly to the host processor’s DRAM to overcome any performance drawbacks. This technology, coupled with the company’s latest sixth-generation V-NAND as well as optimised controller and firmware, enables the 980 to provide NVMe performance with six times 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 IOPS3, 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.


Additionally, consumers will no longer have to worry about their drive overheating, thanks to its advanced thermal designs. 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,5 allowing laptop users to better manage power usage.


Please visit here for more information on the 980 NVMe SSD.

Local Availability and Pricing

Starting 10 March, all models of the Samsung 980 NVMe SSD will be available for purchase at the 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.

Key Specifications:

1 The NVM Express® design mark is a registered trademark of NVM Express, Inc.


2 PCIe 3.0 NVMe DRAM-less SSDs, as of March 2021.


3 Performance may vary depending on the SSD’s firmware version and the system hardware & system configuration. Performance measurements are based on IOmeter 1.1.0. Sequential and random write performance were measured with Intelligent TurboWrite technology activated. Intelligent TurboWrite operates only within a specific data transfer size. For detailed information, please contact your local service centre. Test system configuration: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700K CPU @ 4.00GHz, DDR4 2133MHz 8GBx2 OS-Windows 10 Pro 64bit Asrock Z-170 Extreme7+.


4 TurboWrite region has been increased significantly, from up to 42GB in the 970 EVO to up to 160GB in the NVMe SSD 980.


5 Power efficiency (measured as IOPs/watts) improvement determined in comparison to the 970 EVO 1TB. Power consumption measured with IOmeter1.1.0 version with AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8 Core @3.6GHz, DDR4 8GBx2, OS-Windows 10 Pro 64bit Chipset-GIGABYTE-X570-AORUS MASTER.


6 Samsung Electronics will not be responsible for any damages not covered by the limited warranty, including but not limited to any loss of data or other information stored on Samsung Electronics product or any loss of profit or revenue which may be incurred by user due to loss of data. For more information on the limited warranty, please visit


7 Product covered for five years or until fulfillment of the TBW rating, whichever comes first. For more information on the warranty, please see the warranty document enclosed in the package.