Yesterday Samsung announced new products featuring their third generation 256Gb 48-layer 3bit 3D V-NAND technology. Today the exhibit floor opened up and we got a chance to view Samsung's latest and greatest first-hand.
Most prominently displayed was the world's first 3-Bit SAS SSD, the PM1633a. Not only is this drive the world's first 3-Bit SAS Enterprise SSD, it is the world's highest capacity drive (HDDs included). The floating drive display is one of the coolest we've ever seen.
Next up are a few SATA-based products we are all familiar with, the 850 Pro and EVO SATA SSDs. There has been no announced refresh to the 850 Pro; it will remain powered by 32-layer MLC 3D V-NAND as far as we know. The world's best-selling consumer SSD, the 850EVO, will be getting a refresh and will be the first SSD available with Samsung's third generation 3bit 48-layer 3D V-NAND.
Also displayed were Samsung's OEM and Enterprise SSDs in SATA, SAS and PCIe flavors. The most interesting of the bunch is the PM1725 NVMe PCIe Gen 3 x8 AIC SSD.
The performance of this drive is amazing to say the least. Sequential R/W speeds check in at 6,000/2,200 MB/s. The drive is capable of a mind-boggling 4K sustained random R/W performance of 1,000,000/120,000 IOPS!
It's all about 3bit 3D Flash, it is the wave of the future enabling cost, endurance, performance, and capacity that only a year ago seemed an impossibility.