SPECworkstation 3.0.2 Storage Benchmark
SPECworstation benchmark is an excellent benchmark to test systems using workstation type workloads. In this test, we only ran the Storage component, which is fifteen separate tests.
The 980 Pro 500GB is a great performer in SPECworkstation, taking the top score in many of the subtests.
We monitored the idle and maximum temperature during testing with HWMonitor to get some idea of the thermal performance and requirements of the drive. Please keep in mind that our test bench is an open frame chassis in a 22C room and is thus not representative of a cramped low-airflow case.
One advantage of the new wave of PCIe 4.0 SSDs is going to be better electrical efficiency over the first generation of drives, and that shows in the thermal performance of the Samsung drive. Topping out at 66C, the 980 Pro gets warm but not to a concerning level.
When it comes to pricing, the Samsung 980 Pro 500GB is flat out expensive at $150 for a 500GB drive. Our previously reviewed Seagate Firecuda 520 500GB is $119, as is Sabrent’s Rocket NVMe 4.0 500GB unit. High-quality PCIe 3.0 500GB drives are even less expensive, with the SK hynix Gold P31 drive at $75. With that said, this is the fastest drive we have tested overall, and so perhaps an argument could be made for getting what you pay for. With that said, all the money spent seems to be going towards performance, since the rated endurance on this drive is nothing special.
Compared to the previous PCIe 4.0 SSDs we have reviewed, the 980 Pro 500GB sets the absolute standard for sequential transfer rates. With that said, random read and in particular random write performance is still good but in no way a generational leap over previous drives like the sequential performance.
If you want the best consumer PCIe 4.0 SSD money can buy right now, the Samsung 980 Pro is your choice until more second-gen 4.0 drives hit the market. With sky-high sequential transfer rates, it was rare to see this drive anywhere other than the top of our charts, and we look forward to testing more drives of this caliber in the future.