Samsung announces ridiculously fast 950 Pro SSD with V-NAND and NVMe

By Shawn Knight ยท 23 replies
Sep 23, 2015
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  1. If you’re in the market for blazing fast storage, Samsung’s upcoming 950 Pro SSD should be on your radar. Here’s everything you need to know to make an informed decision.

    The Samsung 950 Pro is the company’s first consumer NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) M.2 form factor SSD with vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology. Specifically, it’ll use 32-layer V-NAND instead of the recently announced 48-layer variety but fret not as there’s still plenty to get excited about.

    The 950 Pro SSD will be offered in capacities of 256GB and 512GB. Instead of the traditional 2.5-inch SATA interface, it’ll rely on the compact M.2 2280 form factor and PCIe 3.0 x4 interface.

    What you’re likely most concerned about is speed and that’s where the 950 Pro really shines (at least, on paper). Samsung says the 512GB variant will deliver sequential read/write speeds of up to 2,500 MB/sec and 1,500 MB/sec, respectively. Random read performance is rated at up to 300,000 IOPS while writes check in at speeds of up to 110,000 IOPS.

    Elsewhere, the drive features AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption as well as Dynamic Thermal Guard and can withstand physical shock of up to 1,500G/0.5ms and vibrations up to 20G.

    In terms of warranty, both ship with a 5-year limited warranty of up to 200 terabytes of writes for the 256GB model and 400 terabytes of writes for the larger 512GB version.

    Pricing is set at $199.99 for the 256GB capacity and $349.99 for the 512GB model. Look for them to launch beginning next month.

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  2. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 TS Booster Posts: 191   +46
  3. Mmmm *drool*
  4. Benchmarks will love these.
  5. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,024   +662

    What will the Windows Experience Index be? Wonder if it will 'break' it.
  6. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Maniac Posts: 308   +107

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  7. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe TS Guru Posts: 712   +382

    I'm down with this speed king monster.
    Getting one !
  8. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,108   +1,286

    They are saying these are PROsumer drives but I wonder if the latency is any better than SATA drives. It's going to have to be.
  9. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,350   +2,002

    Hmmmm ..... well, hum, I don't know, oh to heck with it ... just quit twisting my arm and ship me a couple!
  10. deemon

    deemon TS Addict Posts: 253   +70

    Cool. How are these compared to SM951 NVMe (MZVPV512HDGL-00000 etc)?
  11. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,670   +1,953

    Drooling.... I love those, I want to have them, I can easily afford them,....

    The only problem,....I got absolutely no need for those speeds whatsoever.... Damn it!
  12. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    Well, there's my new boot and OS drive. :D
  13. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,472   +376

    As they have not been reviewed anywhere yet, we (a collective we) do not know yet. Since I've already said the SM951 or newer would be new next boot drive, I agree with pretty much all the sentiments in the comments of this article. Do want, twist my arm, take my money, etc. It's too bad they can't manage a 1TB-ish version (like they did with the M.2 PM953 (MZ1LV960HCJH). Of course the difference is, mass market can purchase the 950 Pro... and Steve has YET to get his hands on a PM953 sample!!!! =p
  14. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Running on NVMe, I'd hope so!
  15. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,045   +680

    The reviews of these drives (specifically throttling) will determine if I upgrade to Skylake this year.
  16. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Cool. I'll wait until this tech becomes mainstream, goes through an evolution or two so it's even better & faster, drops in price radically then swoop down on it.
  17. Badelhas

    Badelhas TS Booster Posts: 74   +26

    Whats the point of this kind of speed for the Pc gamer/user?
  18. kuroiei

    kuroiei TS Enthusiast Posts: 93   +31

  19. Mandark57

    Mandark57 TS Rookie Posts: 19

    the data throughput via PCIe is way faster than E-SATA interface. hands down. plus, non-volitile ram is awesome
  20. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,108   +1,286

    Definitely but throughput and latency are two different things. With a faster latency, the time to access data would decrease. A drive with a fast throughput but high latency will be much slower at loading an operating system that a drive with low latency w/slow throughput because the drive with high latency has to wait a much longer time before each file can be accessed.
  21. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,266   +436

    Since these are NVMe drives it has already been shown it has less latency than SATA.
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  22. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

  23. caboob

    caboob TS Rookie

    Sooooo..can these be RAIDed?
  24. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,730   +3,703

    That begs the question of how many systems support 2x or more M.2 slots. Cause you would want at least two of these in a matching set, before considering Raid.

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