Samsung has revealed a new consumer grade M.2 SSD in the 950 Pro. This new SSD will be made available in 256 and 512 GB capacities, and features the Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface (NVMe) to remove the bottleneck that happens when high speed SSDs are combined with the older Advanced Host Controller Interface.
The Samsung 950 Pro uses the newer V-NAND technology to compact the entire storage device into a M.2 2280 package. Samsung claims that the combination of the NVMe controller and V-NAND allows the 950 Pro to reach sequential read speeds of 2500MB/s and sequential write speeds of 1500MB/s on the 512 GB version. Random read performance clocks in at 300K IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second), with write speeds of up to 110K IOPS. While the drive also features 512MB of DRAM memory, and support for 256-bit AES encryption.
Both versions of the Samsung 950 Pro ship with five years warranty, which covers up to 200 TBW (terabytes written) for the 256GB and 400 TBW on the 512GB. This is substantially lower than the warranty offered for the 850 Pro SSD; but it shouldn’t impact too many users.
The Samsung 950 will be shipping in October at a price of $199.99 (about RM862) for the 256GB version, and $349.99 (about RM1500) for the 512GB version.
[Source: Ars Technica]