Samsung 980 500Gb NVMe tech specifications

Posted on November 07, 2022 by Raymond Chen

Samsung's 980 NVMe use PCIe M.2 3.0 x 4 interface. More details about this SSD on our page.

Samsung 980 500Gb NVMe tech specifications

Samsung's 500Gb 980 NVMe works on Samsung Pablo. The NVMe storing a data location map on DRAM HMB to run a games faster. The 980 comes equipped with Samsung TLC memory. Samsung 980 also available in 3 capacities: 2 Tb, 250 Gb and 1 Tb volume sizes.

Performance and benchmarks

Storage works on PCIe M.2 3.0 x 4 expansion standard with sequential write speeds equals to 3000 Mbps, and read speeds 3500 Mbps. It also has IOPS 480000 on writing and 500000 on reading operations.

Endurance and warranty

Samsung give 5 years of warranty that limited by endurance 263 Total Bytes Written. The 980 has 1.5 million hours MTBF.


Category Value
Capacity 500 Gb
Interface M.2 3.0 x 4
Controller Samsung Pablo
Memory type Samsung TLC
Read speed (Mb/s) 3500
Write speed (Mb/s) 3000
Read IOPS 500000
Write IOPS 480000
Endurance (TBW) 263
MTBF (million hours) 1.5
Warranty (years) 5


Samsung 980 500Gb may work on PCIe 3.0 that is undoubtedly slower than PCIe 4. The sequential write speed is 3000 Mb/s, that is pretty good for this computer expansion bus standard. The NVMe SSD can write 263 TBW, that is not much compared to nearest rivals. On balance, Samsung 980 500Gb has more cons and we strongly do not recommend to spend money for it.

+ Pros

  • Good writing speed

- Cons

  • PCIe 3.0
  • Capacity
  • Writing speed

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Video Review

Samsung 980 SSD NVME unboxing and benchmarks


The Samsung 980 has HMB. This means that the drive uses the system's random-access memory for its personal needs. DRAM makes storage work faster, but more expensive.

The 980 500Gb due to the low density of memory chips can last with no extra heat sinks. Some motherboards from the factory has thermal pads below or above the storage for better productivity during times of high loads.

The 980 500Gb has maximum write speed 3000 Mbps, sequential read speed 3500 Mb/s. It works on Samsung Pablo controller and M.2 3.0 x 4 high-speed serial computer expansion bus standard. The memory type is Samsung TLC.
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