The company will launch 256 and 512GB versions and ship them in October. Samsung has been aggressive when it comes to the SSD market. It is not the first to conquer new markets but when it arrives, it comes with a good price.
The 950 Pro M.2 SSD is for consumer market. This is Samsung's first consumer-ready Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) with an M.2 form factor SSD drive with vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology. The card can be plugged in a PCIe 3.0 slot or directly onto the M.2 slot. The M.2 card comes in M.2 2280 and it is eight centimetres long. It should fit in most of the motherboards and notebooks that support M.2.
Un-Soo Kim, Senior Vice President of Branded Memory, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics said.
"With the introduction of the 950 PRO using NVMe and PCIe, Samsung is able to provide our customers with the memory needed to handle the increased storage demands of tomorrow's computing systems, Consumers and businesses alike can experience enterprise-quality performance and benefits such as speed, endurance and energy efficiency to support the most demanding applications. The 950 PRO is yet another example of a branded memory solution that continues to elevate our portfolio of products and reflects Samsung's continued leadership in the memory industry."
The 950 PRO will be available with 512 gigabyte (GB) and 256GB storage capacities. The 512GB version delivers sequential read/write speeds of up to 2500 MB/s and 1500 MB/s. Random read performance is up to 300,000 IOPS, with write speeds of up to 110,000 IOPS. The M.2 SSD drive features Samsung's second generation MLC V-NAND 32-layer 128Gb die with UBX controller and magician software.
The South Korean company didn’t mention the speeds of 256 GB drive at press time. Both drives support AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption and the Dynamic Thermal Guard that can protect data in temperatures between 0 and 80 degrees Celsius. The drive can withstand 20G vibrations which is a lot of G-force.
Both capacities come with a five year limited warranty for up to 200 terabytes written (TBW) for the 256GB and 400TBW for the 512GB.