Samsung announces 950 Pro SSD to




Samsung has at its annual Summit in Seoul new SSD solid state drives introduced. The 950 Pro series comes m2 in size and is controlled instead of SATA via the nvme protocol. Thus, the SSD would be significantly faster than previous generations with SATA interface.

The Samsung 950 Pro Series consists of two drives: a 256GB version and a version with 512GB of storage capacity. Both versions are available in the M2 form factor, making them ideal for laptops and newer generations of motherboards. The m2 drives have a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, and support the nvme interface. The speed of the 512GB-embodiment is a maximum of 2500MB / s for sequential reading and 1500MB / s for sequential writes. The number of IOPS is to read 300.000iops and prescribe that 110.000iops.

The drives are built from NAND chips produced by Samsung’s second generation V-nand technology: those chips have 32 layers V-nand and have a capacity of 128GB. The controller is a new UBX-controller, which supports, inter alia, AES256 encryption. The drives will be available from early October. The smaller drive will retail for $ 200 and the 512GB version should cost $ 350. Thus the prices are slightly higher than SATA drives with ahci protocol. However nvme protocol is specifically designed for SSD and offers higher performance and scalability. Previously, the company released the SSD SM951-out, with either AHCI and nvme interface. Samsung promises to offer five year warranty on the drives, and the specified TBW programs for the 256 and 512GB versions are 200 and 400 terabytes respectively.

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