Samsung reveals its first NVMe 950 PRO SSD

Samsung has announced the launch of its latest 950 PRO SSD, which boasts NVMe tech – the first of its kind from the vendor.

Designed to meet the needs of high-performance consumer and business laptops and PCs, this SSD will offer users improved performance and power saving.

It offers an M.2 form factor, meaning consumers can use the SSD with ultra-slim notebook devices, while the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) M.2 form factor with vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology supports the PCIe 3.0 interface.

Un-Soo Kim, senior VP of branded memory, memory business at Samsung, said: “With the introduction of the 950 PRO using NVMe and PCIe, Samsung is able to provide its 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.”

In addition, the SSD offers improved random and sequential performance over SATA interface drives.

Plus, Samsung says that users of applications that benefit from high input/output operations per second (IOPS) will experience up to four times faster performance than with traditional SATA SSDs.

The 950 PRO will be available in 256GB and 512GB storage capacities, and the 512GB variant will offer sequential read/write speeds of up to 2,500MB/s and 1,500MB/s, respectively.

It also features Samsung’s second generation MLC V-NAND 32-layer 128Gb die with UBX controller and magician software, and comes with AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption to protect data and Dynamic Thermal Guard, which can safeguard the device from warm temperatures.

The 950 PRO will be available during October 2015, with a price tag of $199.99 for the 256GB capacity, while the 512GB variant will cost $349.99. PCR has asked Samsung for UK prices and will update this article when we hear back.

NVMe technology is proving to be popular among vendors, for example Intel unveiled its 750 NVMe SSD earlier this year.

Now that Samsung has also jumped on board, we may start to see more and more SSDs boasting this tech.

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