We’ve been eagerly awaiting the launch of Samsung’s 980 Pro SSD since it was unveiled at CES in January, and more recently when a well-known leaker said it would be released soon. Apparently very soon, at this point – as discovered by TechPowerUp – Samsung went online with a product page for the 980 Pro series and then took it offline.
Revisions are rare on the web, and a cached copy of the 980 Pro product page underscores that fact. It turns out that Samsung has been able to increase the speed of the already super-fast SSD a bit since it was shown at CES. The list shows that up to 7,000 MB / s sequential write performance (compared to 6,500 MB / s) and up to 5,000 MB / s sequential write processes can now be achieved.
Of course, to get close to these top speeds, you need a PCI Express 4.0 platform. So far there are only two to choose from, both from AMD ̵
Even without a motherboard that supports PCIe 4.0, you can still run these drives. However, they do not reach the maximum rated speed. And for games only, it doesn’t matter, at least not yet. For games, even a 2.5-inch SATA SSD with a speed of up to 580 MB / s loads games just as quickly.
That could change when the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 arrive later this year. Both next-gen consoles have finally made the leap into SSD storage, and Microsoft and Sony have hyped up the benefits in the form of near-instant loads and virtual elimination of in-game transitions.
In theory, the presence of SSDs in both next-generation consoles should motivate game developers to make better use of faster storage, the benefits of which should move into the PC space. We have to wait and see.
Compared to the 980 Pro, the SSD in the Xbox Series X is designed for speeds of up to 2,400 MB / s and the SSD in the PS5 for read speeds of 5,500 MB / s. However, these are uncompressed reviews. When using compression, the same SSDs are said to deliver up to 4,800 MB / s and 9,000 MB / s for some workloads. So there is your limitation.
The 980 Pro is offered in capacities of 1 TB, 500 GB and 250 GB. There’s no word on pricing yet as these drives haven’t officially launched.