Today we have a special edition of ‘Will writes a deals post for RPS’ as three of my favorite 1TB NVMe SSDs (yes, I’m that nerd) are on sale here in the UK.
We have two Samsung drives here, the PCIe 3.0 Samsung 980 and the PCIe 4.0 Samsung 980 Pro, as well as another powerful PCIe 4.0 option, the Crucial P5 Plus. All three offer excellent value for money at their discounted price, so let’s cover each in turn!
Let’s start with the cheapest option. The Samsung 980 is a surprisingly fast, DRAM-free SSD that uses TLC memory. The 1TB size comes with a large 160GB SLC cache that helps maintain performance even during sustained read/write operations, and performance is generally on par with older (but more expensive) PCIe 3.0 options such as be Samsung 970 Evo. It’s been reduced from the usual price of £85 to just £70 at Currys when you use the code FNDDGAMING at home – excellent value considering peak read speeds of 3500MB/s, peak write speeds of 2900MB/s, 500K IOPS reads and 480K IOPS writes. The unit also comes with a five-year warranty, which is among the best in the business. All in all, it’s incredible that you can get such a good car for under £70 these days!
For more information, see our Samsung 980 SSD review.
Next up is the Samsung 980 Pro, a massively faster drive that uses Samsung’s latest PCIe 4.0 controller, fast TLC flash memory and DRAM cache. This cutting-edge technology allows the 980 Pro to achieve peak sequential speeds of 7000MB/s (read) and 5000MB/s (write), placing it among the fastest drives on the market. Random I/O performance is also strong, rated at 690K read IOPS and 660K write IOPS. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this makes the drive a great choice for PC gaming or content creation, and the drive also meets Sony’s requirements for the PS5. This model even comes with a heatsink, so getting a 1TB size for £100 is pretty legit.
For more information, check out our Samsung 980 Pro review.
Finally, the Crucial P5 Plus. It uses Micron’s TLC flash memory and PCIe 4.0 controller, manufactured slightly after Samsung’s equivalent parts, and produces generally similar performance. Maximum sequential speeds are listed as 6600MB/s and 5000MB/s for read and write, respectively, which is slightly below the Samsung 980 Pro, but noticeably faster than previous PCIe 4.0 drives. Random speeds are also fast at 630K/700K IOPS for reads and writes, respectively. If you prefer Crucial drives over Samsung, this is a great choice, but I’d say the included heatsink with the 980 Pro highlighted above makes it the better choice for the most people.
Thanks for joining me on this special episode, and if you have any questions or comments, please share them below and I’ll do my best to help!