Samsung: NVMe SSDs are the future
The storage market is moving away from HDDs since years now. Not only that, now the market interest is also moving away from "traditional" SSDs based on the AHCI standard, which limits the SSDs to 600 MB/s. In their place the NVMe PCIe standard is on the rise. Current NVMe SSDs are capable of up to 3,5 GB/s. The rise of this standard is something we at Notebookcheck notice directly, as more and more review-units are being equipped with these SSDs.
Samsung is one of the biggest producers of SSD, regardless if they are AHCI or NVMe based. Recently, the Korean giant has introduced its newest flagship SSD, the NVMe based 960 Pro. Samsung has big plans for these SSD next year: NVMe SSDs are projected to overtake AHCI based SSDs in 2017, at least for Samsung. This year, Samsung managed to ship 33 million NVMe drives. Next year, that number is supposed to almost double to 64 million. In comparison, the AHCI SSDs would drop from 56 million to 52 million units.
NVMe SSDs are mostly shipped in the small 2280 M.2 form-factor. The 2.5" variant U.2 is very rare. AHCI SSDs are common in the M.2 and the 2.5" standards. The distribution of NVMe SSDs is mostly accelerated through the OEM market. As we noted before, more and more notebooks are equipped with these SSDs.