Samsung has unveiled its latest range of M.2 NVMe SSDs during the recent SSD Summit 2016 event. Dubbed the 960 Evo and 960 Pro, Samsung’s latest SSDs comes with one major improvement: better sequential data transfer speeds. According to the South Korean company, its new SSDs are equipped with the Samsung Polaris (not to be confused with AMD’s Polaris) controller, which have been used with Samsung’s SM961 And PM961 M.2 NVMe SSDs too.
First up is the Samsung 960 Evo M.2 NVMe SSD, which features the TLC (triple level cell) V-NAND flash memory. According to Samsung, this SSD is capable churning out sequential read and write speeds of 3.2GBps and 1.9GBps. Meanwhile, 4K random read and write speeds are rated at 380K IOPS (input/output operations per second) and 360K IOPS respectively.
Next up is the significantly more powerful, top of the line offering from Samsung, the 960 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD. This SSD comes with same Polaris controller as its less powerful sibling and it features the MLC (multi-level cell) V-NAND flash memory. Being the more powerful SSD in the family, Samsung’s 960 Pro SSD is blessed with sequential read and write speeds of 3.5GBps and 2.1GBps respectively. Besides that, the SSD also has a 4K random read and write speeds of 450K IOPS and 360K IOPS respectively.
Samsung’s 960 Evo SSD comes in three different storage capacity variants that ranges from 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. Meanwhile, the 960 Pro will come with slightly larger storage capacities of 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB. Price-wise, the 960 Evo SSD starts from US$129 (about RM530) for the 250GB variant, all the way to US$479 (around RM1,980) for the 1TB variant. Samsung’s 960 Pro SSD on the other hand, will start with a slightly ‘pricier’ price tag of US$329 (approximately RM1,360) for the 512GB version, up to a whopping US$1,299 (about RM5,370) for the 2TB version.