Samsung Electronics has introduced its new family of solid-state drives that offer extreme performance and moderate pricing. The new SSDs come in M.2 form-factor, fully support NVMe protocol and use the company’s second-generation 3D V-NAND flash memory.
The Samsung 950 Pro-series solid-state drives are based on the second generation MLC 3D V-NAND 32-layer 128Gb memory chips and the company’s own UBX controller. The drives come in 256GB and 512GB capacities. The 512GB version delivers sequential read/write speeds of up to 2500MB/s and 1500MB/s. Random read performance of the new SSDs is up to 300,000 IOPS, with write speeds of up to 110,000 IOPS. The Samsung 950 Pro SSDs use M.2 2280 form-factor with PCI Express 3.0 x4 interface with NVMe protocol.
The new drives fully support AES 256-bit full disk encryption to protect data and dynamic thermal guard, which can protect the device and data in inclement weather from 0 to 70 degrees Celsius. It can also withstand physical shock of up to 1500G/0.5ms and vibrations up to 20G.
“With the introduction of the 950 PRO using NVMe and PCIe, Samsung is able to provide our customers with the memory needed to handle the increased storage demands of tomorrow’s computing systems,” said Un-Soo Kim, senior vice president of branded memory at Samsung Electronics. “Consumers and businesses alike can experience enterprise-quality performance and benefits such as speed, endurance and energy efficiency to support the most demanding applications. The 950 Pro is yet another example of a branded memory solution that continues to elevate our portfolio of products and reflects Samsung’s continued leadership in the memory industry.”
The Samsing 950 Pro solid-state drives will be available starting from October 2015, with an MSRP of $199.99 for the 256GB capacity and $349.99 for the 512GB capacity. Both drives are covered with a 5-year limited warranty up to 200 terabytes written (TBW) for the 256GB and 400TBW for the 512GB.
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KitGuru Says: The Samsung 950 Pro SSDs are not cheap. However, their performance and reliability make them a perfect choice for high-performance desktops and notebooks.