Samsung has announced the introduction of its all-new 950 PRO solid state drive aimed at high-performance consumer and business notebooks and PCs.
The Samsung 950 PRO SSD is the company’s first consumer-ready Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) M.2 form factor drive featuring vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology, supporting Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) 3.0 interface.
The use of NVMe protocol allows the Samsung 950 PRO to deliver improved performance as well as higher power savings, helping increase battery life and reducing operating costs. With the PCIe Gen.3 x4 interface, the drive offers a significant jump in random and sequential performance over the SATA interface based drives that utilize legacy Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) protocol.
The 950 PRO will be offered in 256GB and 512GB storage capacities. The 512GB variant offers sequential read/write speeds up to 2500MB/s and 1500MB/s. Random read performance is claimed to be up to 300,000 IOPS, while write performance goes up to 110,000 IOPS. The drive comes with AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption and Dynamic Thermal Guard, which claims to protect the drive and data in extreme weather conditions from 0 to 70 degree Celsius. It is also claimed to be able to withstand physical shock up to 1500G/0.5ms and vibrations up to 20G.
Samsung is offering a 5-year limited warranty up to 200 terabytes written (TBW) on the 256GB model, and up to 400TBW on the 512GB variant. Both drives will be available starting October, for an MSRP of $199.99 for 256GB capacity and $349.99 for the 512GB capacity drive.