The Samsung 950 PRO SSD is Samsung’s first consumer-ready Non-Volatile Memory Express M.2 form factor SSD with vertical NAND technology. The drive’s M.2 form factor means that users with ultra-slim notebook PCs and workstations can benefit from storage endurance, reliability and energy efficiency.
Samsung said the drive is ideal for 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.
“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,” said Un-Soo Kim, senior vice president of branded memory, memory business at Samsung Electronics.
“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 will be available in 512 GB and 256GB storage capacities. The 512GB version delivers sequential read/write speeds of up to 2,500 MB/s and 1,500 MB/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.
Other features of the drive include, AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption to protect data and Dynamic Thermal Guard, which can protect the device and data in inclement weather from 0 to 70 degrees Celsius. Samsung added that the drive 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 for the 256GB and 400TBW for the 512GB. The 950 PRO will be available beginning in October 2015, with starting price at $199.99 for the 256GB capacity and $349.99 for the 512GB capacity.