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SSD boosts performance for high-end PCs, workstations

Posted: 07 Oct 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Samsung Electronics? SSD? PC? workstation? laptop?

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has brought to market a solid state drive (SSD) geared to meet the demands of high-performance consumer and business laptops and PCs. According to the company, the 950 PRO has an M.2 form factor that allows users with ultra-slim notebooks and workstations to benefit from industry-leading storage endurance, reliability and energy efficiency.

The 950 PRO SSD is Samsung's first consumer-ready non-volatile memory express (NVMe) M.2 form factor SSD with V-NAND technology supporting the PCIe 3.0 interface. With the introduction of NVMe, the first protocol optimised for SSDs, users of the 950 PRO will benefit from improved performance and power saving that can help increase battery life and potentially reduce operating costs, the company noted. The drive is aimed at professionals who want cutting-edge performance, higher bandwidth and lower latency from their high-end PCs and workstations, for projects such as computer-aided design, data analysis and engineering simulation. The compact M.2 2280 form factor ensures compatibility with next-generation desktop and mobile platforms that support the M.2 PCIe slot and interface.


Featuring the PCIe Gen.3 x4 interface and supporting the NVMe protocol, the 950 PRO touts improved random and sequential performance over SATA interface drives utilizing the legacy Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) protocol. Users of applications that benefit from high IOPS will experience up to four times faster performance than with traditional SATA SSDs.

The 950 PRO will be available in 512GB and 256GB storage capacities. The 512GB version delivers sequential read/write speeds of up to 2,500MB/s and 1,500MB/s. Random read performance is up to 300,000 IOPS, with write speeds of up to 110,000 IOPS. It features Samsung's second generation MLC V-NAND 32-layer 128Gb die with UBX controller and magician software.

The drive has AES 256bit Full Disk Encryption to protect data and Dynamic Thermal Guard, which can protect the device and data in inclement weather from zero to 70C. It can also withstand physical shock of up to 1500G/0.5ms and vibrations up to 20G.

Both capacities come with a 5-year limited warranty up to 200 terabytes written (TBW) for the 256GB and 400TBW for the 512GB. The 950 PRO will be available beginning in October 2015, with an MSRP of $199.99 for the 256GB capacity and $349.99 for the 512GB capacity.

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