The SSD Review uses PCMark 8’s Storage test suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. With 10 traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games, it covers some of the most popular light to heavy workloads. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices. After an initial break-in cycle and three rounds of the testing, we are given a file score and bandwidth amount. The higher the score/bandwidth, the better the drive performs.
The PCMark 8 Storage Bandwidth 2.0 result is no less than could be expected for this SSD. It is a strong contender and one of the proven forerunners in the Gen 4 SSD race.
REAL WORLD FILE TRANSFER COMPARISON
For our Real World File Transfer Comparison of the world’s top M.2 NVMe SSDs, we have included all of our Gen 4 SSDs tested to date, along with the WD_Black SN850, two capacities of the Samsung 980 Pro Corsair MP600, MP600 Core, Seagate FireCuda 520, Sabrent Rocket, the Silicon Power US70 and a few more. These have all been tested on our website and their reports can be found through a quick site search. This test is conducted through the transfer of data from one spot on the test drive to another to give us the truest of transfer speed results for that device.
The Samsung 980 Pro 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD has the 2nd highest score we have seen from a Gen 4 SSD to date, next to the WD_Black SN850.
REVIEW ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
Samsung’s big news with the release of the 980 Pro Gen 4 NVMe SSD this week is capacity. They understand that the return is there for SSDs of this size and they are taking advantage of it. There has been much talk within the industry with the change of NAND flash memory to Samsung’s newest 6th generation TLC V-NAND. There was a time some years ago when TLC was introduced and there was an uproar that that moving to TLC would collapse the SSD industry. We look at this way. the success of TLC has been such that it ‘has been’ adapted within enterprise and business level applications. It still stands as one of the top available to the consumer today.
Looking at Samsung’s track record, they have had massive success with all of their SSDs, much less the upper tier Pro line. This SSD has topped out on our Test Bench at 7089MB/s read and 5187MB/s write with a high IOPS level of just under 900K. It comes with a 5-year limited warranty and Samsung has strategically priced it just below the WD_Black SN850 Gen 4 2TB SSD, however watch out, as the next best Sabrient Rocket 4 Plus 2TB Gen 4 SSD comes in $30 cheaper.