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MSI SPATIUM M480 vs. Samsung 980 Pro

If you are looking for a PCIe Gen 4.0 x4 solid state drive, you may have run into the SPATIUM M480 and 980 Pro during your search.

You can check out this comparison guide to see what the major differences are between these MSI and Samsung SSDs.

Quick Summary

At the 500 GB capacity, the Samsung 980 Pro is faster than the MSI SPATIUM M480 at maximum sequential reading. However, the 1 TB and 2 TB versions of both solid state drives have identical top sequential read speeds.

For maximum sequential writing, the 980 Pro is faster at the 500 GB capacity while the SPATIUM M480 is faster at the 1 TB and 2 TB capacities.

When it comes to both maximum random reading and maximum random writing, the Samsung 980 Pro is the fastest out of these two SSDs.

With that said, the SPATIUM M480 does have better endurance and reliability ratings, which mean that it will likely last a little bit longer when compared to the 980 Pro.

You can purchase either of these storage drives, if you are interested, on Amazon with the following links:

You can also see how the SPATIUM M480 compares to the P5 Plus with this guide.

SPATIUM M480 vs. 980 Pro Comparison Chart

You can take a look at Seeking Tech’s comparison table for the SPATIUM M480 and 980 Pro SSDs below.

 MSI SPATIUM M480 Solid State DriveSamsung 980 Pro Solid State Drive
Capacity Options500 GB

1 TB

2 TB
250 GB

500 GB

1 TB

2 TB
Form FactorM.2 2280M.2 2280
Memory Components3D NANDSamsung V-NAND 3-bit MLC
InterfacePCIe Gen 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.4CIe Gen 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.3c
Maximum Sequential Read Speed500 GB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 6500 MB per second

1 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 7000 MB per second

2 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 7000 MB per second
250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 6400 MB per second

500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 6900 MB per second

1 TB 980 Samsung Pro: Up to 7000 MB per second

2 TB 980 Samsung Pro: Up to 7000 MB per second
Maximum Sequential Write Speed500 GB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 2850 MB per second

1 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 5500 MB per second

2 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 6800 MB per second
250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 2700 MB per second

500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 5000 MB per second

1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 5000 MB per second

2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 5100 MB per second
Maximum Random Read Speed500 GB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 170K IOPS

1 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 350K IOPS

2 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 650K IOPS
250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 500K IOPS

500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 800K IOPS

1 TB 980 Samsung Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS

2 TB 980 Samsung Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS
Maximum Random Write Speed500 GB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 600K IOPS

1 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 700K IOPS

2 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 700K IOPS
250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 600K IOPS

500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS

1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS

2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS
Endurance (TBW)500 GB MSI SPATIUM M480: 350 TBW

1 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: 700 TBW

2 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: 1400 TBW
250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: 150 TBW

500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: 300 TBW

1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: 600 TBW

2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: 1200 TBW
Reliability (MTBF)1,600,000 hours1,500,000 hours
Operating Temperature Range0 °C to 70 °C0 °C to 70 °C
Warranty5-year warranty5-year warranty
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Capacity Options

When it comes to the capacities, the Samsung 980 Pro is the only one out of these two products in this comparison to offer a 250 GB option.

You can check out the available capacities for both storage drives below:

MSI SPATIUM M480:

  • 500 GB
  • 1 TB
  • 2 TB

Samsung 980 Pro:

  • 250 GB
  • 500 GB
  • 1 TB
  • 2 TB

Form Factor

When it comes to the shape, the SPATIUM M480 and 980 Pro both utilize the M.2 2280 form factor.

Memory Components

As for the memory components, the SPATIUM M480 is equipped with 3D NAND while the 980 Pro is equipped with Samsung V-NAND 3-bit MLC.

Interface

For the interface, the SPATIUM M480 uses PCIe Gen 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.4 while the uses PCIe Gen 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.3c.

Maximum Sequential Read Speed

When you compare the same capacity options, the 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro is 400 MB per second faster, or 6.15% faster, than the 500 GB MSI SPATIUM M480 at maximum sequential reading.

The 1 TB and 2 TB versions of both drives have identical speeds in this category.

You can check out the maximum sequential read speed specifications below:

  • 500 GB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 6500 MB per second
  • 1 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 7000 MB per second
  • 2 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 7000 MB per second
  • 250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 6400 MB per second
  • 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 6900 MB per second
  • 1 TB 980 Samsung Pro: Up to 7000 MB per second
  • 2 TB 980 Samsung Pro: Up to 7000 MB per second

Maximum Sequential Write Speed

As for maximum sequential writing, the 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro is 2150 MB per second faster, or 75.44% off, than the 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro.

On the other hand, the 1 TB MSI SPATIUM M480 is also 500 MB per second faster, or 10% faster, than the 1 TB Samsung 980 Pro.

The 2 TB MSI SPATIUM M480 is also 1700 MB per second faster, or 33.33% faster, than the 2 TB Samsung 980 Pro.

You can find the maximum sequential write speed specs below:

  • 500 GB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 2850 MB per second
  • 1 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 5500 MB per second
  • 2 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 6800 MB per second
  • 250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 2700 MB per second
  • 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 5000 MB per second
  • 1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 5000 MB per second
  • 2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 5100 MB per second

Maximum Random Read Speed

When it comes to maximum random reading, the 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro is 630K IOPS faster, or 370.59% faster, than the 500 GB MSI SPATIUM M480.

The 1 TB 980 Samsung Pro is also 650K IOPS faster, or 185.71% faster, than the 1 TB MSI SPATIUM M480.

Finally, the 2 TB 980 Samsung Pro is 350K IOPS faster, or 53.85% faster, than the 2 TB 980 Samsung Pro.

You can take a look at the maximum random read speed specs below:

  • 500 GB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 170K IOPS
  • 1 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 350K IOPS
  • 2 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 650K IOPS
  • 250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 500K IOPS
  • 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 800K IOPS
  • 1 TB 980 Samsung Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS
  • 2 TB 980 Samsung Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS

Maximum Random Write Speed

For maximum random writing, the 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro is 400K IOPS faster, or 66.67% faster, than the 500 GB MSI SPATIUM M480.

The 1 TB and 2 TB capacities of the Samsung 980 Pro are also 300K IOPS faster, or 42.86% faster, than the 1 TB and 2 TB capacities of the MSI SPATIUM M480.

You can find the maximum random write speed specifications below:

  • 500 GB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 600K IOPS
  • 1 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 700K IOPS
  • 2 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: Up to 700K IOPS
  • 250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 600K IOPS
  • 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS
  • 1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS
  • 2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 1000K IOPS

Endurance (TBW)

As for the endurance, you can write 50 TB more data with the 500 GB MSI SPATIUM M480 when compared to the 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro.

You can also write 100 TB more data with the 1 TB MSI SPATIUM M480 when compared to the 1 TB Samsung 980 Pro.

Finally, you can write 200 TB more data with the 2 TB MSI SPATIUM M480 when compared to the 2 TB Samsung 980 Pro.

You can find the endurance specs, which is measured as Terabytes Written or TBW, below:

  • 500 GB MSI SPATIUM M480: 350 TBW
  • 1 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: 700 TBW
  • 2 TB MSI SPATIUM M480: 1400 TBW
  • 250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: 150 TBW
  • 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: 300 TBW
  • 1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: 600 TBW
  • 2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: 1200 TBW

Reliability (MTBF)

When it comes to reliability, the SPATIUM M480 has a slightly longer Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) rating than the 980 Pro.

You can check out the ratings below:

  • MSI SPATIUM M480: 1,600,000 hours
  • Samsung 980 Pro: 1,500,000 hours

Operating Temperature Range

These MSI and Samsung SSDs have identical recommended operating temperature ranges, which are between 0 °C to 70 °C.

Warranty

A 5-year warranty is included in both the MSI SPATIUM M480 Solid State Drive and Samsung 980 Pro Solid State Drive.

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