Samsung SSD 950 Pro now available in M.2 form factor

Samsung SSD 950 Pro now available in M.2 form factor
Samsung SSD 950 Pro now available in M.2 form factor
Samsung has unveiled its new SSD 950 Pro M.2 ahead of the Global Summit in Korea. The SSD supports PCI Express 3.0 with NVME up to a capacity of 512 GB.

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The South Korean giant is no stranger to the consumer SSD world with its popular EVO series appearing on many high-end notebooks. Now, its latest SSD 950 Pro will be coming in the small M.2 form factor complete with the NVMe Host Controller Interface for significant performance boosts.

According to Samsung, random read and write speeds of the new SSD 950 Pro will be up to 300,000 IOPS while sequential read and write speeds will be up to 2500 MB/s and 1500 MB/s, respectively. Apart from these insane performance numbers, Samsung is also vaunting increases in both density and durability.

The Flash memory that makes up the new Samsung SSD is based on the second generation of 3D V-NAND technology developed in-house by the manufacturer. The MLC modules have 32 layers for a density of 128 Gb. The 3D modules are cylindrical instead of flat, which allows for higher storage density and performance while decreasing power consumption.

Samsung is expecting the SSD 950 Pro to last for up to 200 TB TBW (Total Bytes Written) for the 256 GB model and up to 400 TB TBW for the 512 GB model. Additional features include resistance to shock of up to 1500 G/0.5 ms and vibrations of up to 20 G. 256-bit AES encryption is supported for data protection.

The 256 GB and 512 GB SSD 950 Pro will launch this October for $200 USD and $350 USD, respectively, with a warranty of up to 5 years. Additional markets will be announced soon.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2015-09-23 (Update: 2015-09-23)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.