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Samsung’s 950 PRO SSD Is Built For High-Performance Computing

SamsungThe 950 PRO is Samsung’s first consumer-ready NVMe M.2 form factor SSD with V-NAND technology, supporting the PCIe 3.0 interface, with Samsung stating that the introduction of NVMe, the first protocol optimised for SSDs, delivers improved performance, helping increase battery life compared with its previous SSD products.

“The drive is ideal for Australians who want cutting-edge performance, higher bandwidth and lower latency from their high-end PCs and workstations, ideal for projects such as computer-aided design, data analysis and engineering simulation,” Samsung states.

“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.”

Employing PCIe 3.0 and NVMe, Samsung states the 950 PRO offers improved random and sequential performance over SATA-interface drives utilising the legacy AHCI protocol, with users of applications benefiting from high IOPS (input/output operations per second) to experience up to four times faster performance than with traditional Samsung SATA SSDs.

Featuring Samsung’s second generation MLC V-NAND 32-layer 128Gb die with UBX controller and magician software, the 512 GB version delivers sequential read/write speeds of up to 2,500 MB/s and 1,500 MB/s, and the 256 GB version of up to 2,200 MB/s and 900 MB/s, respectively.

Random read performance for the 512 GB version is up to 300,000 IOPS, with write speeds of up to 110,000 IOPS, and for the 256 GB version up to 270,000 IOPS and 85,000 IOPS, respectively.

The 950 PRO integrates AES 256-bit full disk encryption for data protection. Dynamic Thermal Guard can protect the device and data in a range of temperatures from 0 to 70 degrees Celsius, with the 950 PRO also capable of withstanding physical shock of up to 1500G/0.5 ms and vibrations up to 20G.

The 950 PRO is priced at $379 RRP for the 256 GB version and $659 RRP for the 512 GB version.

Further information can be found here.