Complaints about fake Samsung 980 Pro NVMe drives began to appear on the Web. The devices were seen in China, but it is possible that due to unscrupulous sellers they will appear in other parts of the world.
Externally, a fake Samsung 980 Pro hard drive is difficult to distinguish from the original. Moreover, the “fake” was able to deceive the proprietary Samsung Magician utility! However, if you remove the sticker, then the Maxio MAP1602 controller appears without an external DRAM buffer and a 3D NAND TLC memory chip manufactured by the Chinese YMTC.
There are still four PCI Express 4.0 lanes as the connection interface, but the performance of such an SSD is far from the original 980 Pro. For example, instead of 7 GB / s for sequential reading, it provides 4.8 GB / s. In addition, it is difficult to say what kind of resource a fake has.
Recall that the Samsung 980 Pro debuted in 2020 and is one of the most popular NVMe drives with a PCI Express 4.0 x4 interface. Last year, the Koreans released an even more productive 990 Pro line.
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