Samsung effectively started the second wave of PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs when it released the 980 Pro back in September last year. While other drives have come along and claimed the performance crown since its launch (such as the WD_Black SN850), it’s still a good drive for anyone looking first and foremost at performance. This includes anyone who has a Sony PlayStation 5 and wants to increase the internal drive space.
At least, if you buy a third-party cooler at the same time; The drive itself doesn’t come with one. This is usually not a problem on PCs, as motherboards come with some form of cooling for NVMe SSDs. That’s another problem for the PS5 — Sony’s specifications for the SSD drive bay for the console require that some sort of cooling be required.
However that has now changed, as Samsung has released a new version of the drive that comes with a heatsink. It’s not bad to look at either, although it will spend its life hiding out of sight for most users.
If that’s what you’re looking for, the new version of the drive is called the Samsung 980 Pro with Heatsink. With only the 1TB and 2TB models available with a heatsink, the price increases by $20 for the privilege—which is generally what you can expect to pay for a lump of metal on top of your drive. This puts the Samsung 980 Pro 1TB at $249 and the 2TB drive at $449.
Samsung’s 980 Pro has been on sale for most of the year, with 2TB model (without heatsink) $360 . down to, this is $70 less than its MSRP. It will be interesting to see if heatsink models enjoy such savings.