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Samsung 980 Pro with Heatsink 1TB Review

Rating: 8.0.

We reviewed the vanilla version of Samsung's 980 Pro back in 2020. The original version of the drive didn't have a heatsink fitted, but recently Samsung has released a heatsink-equipped version of the same SSD. We put it to the test, comparing it to a wide range of other M.2 SSDs, and also test thermal performance versus the non-heatsink model.

As with the original SSD 980 Pro, the drive uses a combination of a Samsung Elpis controller and Samsung 6th generation 1xx layer TLC V-NAND.

There are just two capacities currently available; 1TB and 2TB. Official Sequential performance ratings for the heatsink version of the 980 Pro are the same as the standard version; up to 7,000MB/s reads for both, with writes at up to 5,000MB/s (1TB) and up to 5,100MB/s for the 2TB model. Random 4K performance is listed on the spec sheet as up to 1,000,000 IOPS for both reads and writes for both capacities.

The quoted TBW endurance figures for the heatsink versions of the drive are 600TB for the 1TB model and 1,200TBW for the 2TB model. Samsung backs the drive with a 5-year warranty.

Physical Specifications:

  • Usable Capacities: 1TB.
  • NAND Components: Samsung 1** layer 3bit MLC V-NAND.
  • NAND Controller: Samsung Elpis.
  • Cache: 1GB LPDDR4.
  • Interface: PCIe Gen 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.3c.
  • Form Factor: M.2 2280.
  • Dimensions: 80 x 24 x 8.6mm.
  • Weight 30.5g.
  • Firmware Version: 3B2QGXA7.

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