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.