980 PRO unveiled at CES as Samsung’s first PCIe 4.0 consumer SSD
Samsung unveiled quite a few new products and concepts at CES 2020, ranging from a fingerprint-secured SSD to Odyssey-labeled gaming monitors. Speaking of personal computers, the company also unveiled the 980 PRO M.2 NVMe SSD as its first-ever PCIe 4.0 solution for the consumer market.
Unlike the SSD T7 Touch which already has a price tag and launch timeframe attached to it, Samsung didn’t reveal a lot of information about the 980 PRO on the show floor in Las Vegas. But we know that the SSD is capable of sequential read/write speeds of up to 6,500/5,000 MB/s and that it will be available in three storage capacities including 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB.
According to AnandTech, Samsung intends to reveal more details on the 980 PRO SSD sometime in the second quarter of the year when we should learn more about the controller and type of V-NAND it uses. Not to mention pricing and availability. In any case, it’s safe to assume that the product won’t be available for purchase any sooner than Q2.
In previous news, Samsung confirmed that it’s working on an NVMe SSD solution for gaming consoles, which could be employed by Sony for the upcoming PlayStation 5. It may very well be that the 980 PRO (or a variation of it) is this solution, but given the lack of information at this point, this is just conjecture. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.