Samsung 970 and 980 NVMe coming soon

Successors of 960 series

In addition to the latest information on QLC NAND flash memory and the upcoming NGSFF SSDs, Samsung is working on a new generation of consumer SSDs. According to the UNH InterOperability Laboratory list, Samsung is developing two new SSDs called "NVMe 97x and 98x" series. Furthermore, Samsung might change the EVO / Pro naming structure due to a new design of the SSDs.

So far it looks like Samsung is going to use 64-layer 3-bit per cell V-NAND for their next-generation consumer products. Although Samsung is already working on QLC NAND flash, it's unlikely that they would be selling drives with these chips by the end of this year already. However since we’re talking about Samsung here, anything is possible. In the case of the possible 970 as well as 980 drives we’d expect them to launch later this year, probably somewhen in September or October.

The last generation of Samsung’s NVMe drives - the 960 EVO and the 960 PRO - were/are already very fast. In fact, they are so fast they’re almost hitting the bandwidth limitation of the a PCIe x4 M.2 slot. If we were to make an educated guess we’d say that the 970 as well as the 980 will feature much higher capacities than what was possible with the 960 drives.

Source: Tom's Hardware

News by Luca Rocchi and Marc Büchel - German Translation by Paul Görnhardt - Italian Translation by Francesco Daghini

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