We’ve been used to large capacity SATA drives, and that now ageing technology has done a sterling job at keeping our files safe. However, despite technological advances and the latest SSD SATA drives offering speeds of up to 550MB/s, the demands from 4K video and ultra high-resolution image files means that even those tops speeds are starting to look a bit sluggish.
Enter NVMe storage, a technology that’s been around for quite some time but has had to take a back seat while the technology developed and the prices dropped. Even now, most NVMe M.2 PCIe Gen 3.0 x 4 SSD drives are extremely expensive. However, with PCIe Gen 4.0 making an entrance and the technology as a whole entering the mainstream, prices have crashed.
That means that the 1TB Samsung SSD 980 is priced on par with what you’d have expected to have paid for an equivalent SATA SSD a couple of years ago.
The price of the SSD 980 is incredibly competitive and one of a growing selection of high-performance budget drives out there.
Samsung has had to make some savings on the technology to get a drive of this speed to come in at a reasonable price. So the Samsung SSD 980 is DRAMless. This means that there’s no DRAM chip; essentially, DRAM is a mapping system for the drive.
More expensive SSD use a DRAM chip so that the computer can quickly access the content requested without looking through the entire drive, while without the DRAM chip, DRAMless, the computer to do a bit more work.
Because of this and a few other cut features, DRAMless SSD’s are generally slower than ones with DRAM. There’s also the argument that DRAMless drives are less secure, and if used under heavy loads, such as with video editing, they can have a much-reduced life span.
All things worth considering. However, if you’re comparing the speed of this storage over traditional storage, then there’s no comparison. The Samsung SSD 980 is many times faster.