Samsung Unveils The 950 Pro, It’s new Flagship SSD with Seq. Read 2.5 GB/s
At its SSD Global Summit, Samsung has announced a brand new flagship drive, called the 950 Pro, which is the company’s first M.2 form factor drive that’s built on the 32-layer 3D V-NAND architecture.
The new Samsung 950 Pro SSD supports PCIe 3.0 (x4) and uses the NVMe protocol enabled by a new UBX controller. This new controller has three cores and runs at about 500MHz.
As for performance, the 950 PRO is capable of up to an impressive 300,000 random read IOPS, with random writes at 110,000 IOPS. The sequential throughputs are expected to be in the region of around 2.5 GB/sec reads and 1.5 GB/sec writes.
With these performance figures, Samsung’s new flagship SSD will be up to 4 times faster than a SATA SSD using the older AHCI protocol.
Besides performance, the 950 Pro is designed to be power efficient with peak power consumption of just 5.7W. The idle power consumption is due to just 2mW or less than half a typical SATA drive in DevSlp.
Further, the 950 Pro features hardware 256-bit AES encryption to ensure security. Available capacities will be 256GB and 512GB. Samsung is planning to release a 1TB version early next year with the switch to 48-layer V-NAND.
The 256GB model will come with a price tag of US$199.99 and the 512GB model with US$349.99.
The 950 Pro will be available from October 2015 onwards, and will be shipped with 5-year long warranties, with the smaller 256GB drive rated for good 200TBW (terabytes written) and the larger 512GB drive for 400TBW.