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Samsung shows off some next-gen storage products at FMS 2015

We take a look at Samsung's storage offerings at Flash Memory Summit 2015

By Jon Coulter on Aug 13, 2015 at 03:30 am CDT - 1 min, 15 secs reading time

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Jon Coulter

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jon Coulter

Jon Coulter became a computer enthusiast about the time Windows XP launched. Originally Jon was into water cooling and competitively benching ATI video cards with modified drivers. Jon has been building computer systems for himself and others by request for more than 10 years. Jon became a storage enthusiast the day he first booted his system with an Intel X25-M G1 80GB SSD. Look for Jon to bring consumer SSD reviews into the spotlight.

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