The Samsung 980 Professional, a ‘PCIe 4.0 SSD velocity demon’ with ‘completely barnstorming… learn and write efficiency’ and a former ‘quickest PCIe 4.0 SSD’ choose has been diminished over at Amazon UK. There, you possibly can choose up the 1TB mannequin for £98, and it is even the premium model that features a high-grade heatsink preinstalled.
The 980 Professional is getting on a bit now, having been launched in 2020, however it nonetheless occupies the higher echelon of ‘first-gen’ PCIe 4.0 SSDs alongside the WD SN850, and it’s now significantly inexpensive on account of its age. At launch, it price £83 for a 250GB mannequin with out heatsink, so getting one with 4 occasions the capability and a heatsink for less than £15 extra is a reasonably wonderful end result. This specific 1TB heatsink mannequin usually retails for £125, so choosing it up for underneath £100 is an actual discount.
When it comes to the specs, the 980 Professional makes use of Samsung’s personal flash reminiscence and controller for some spectacular speeds – it is rated for 7000MB/s reads and 5100MB/s writes, with spectacular random efficiency too at as much as 1000K IOPS on each reads and writes. That locations it alongside the later WD SN850x and solely barely behind the newer 990 Professional, which now occupies the ‘quickest’ slot on our greatest SSD suggestions.
As anticipated, efficiency is great, and having used Samsung SSDs for a very long time in my very own machines, I can converse to their reliability as nicely. If you need the quickest PCIe 4.0 SSD you will discover underneath £100, this is a superb candidate!