Samsung launches its 950 PRO SSD, with 2.5GB/sec read speeds

Samsung launches the world's first NVMe M.2 SSD with 3D V-NAND technology.

@anthony256
Published Tue, Sep 22 2015 1:42 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:03 PM CST

Samsung has just announced the latest SSD in its range, the new 950 PRO SSD. What makes the Samsung 950 PRO special? It's the first NVMe M.2 form factor consumer SSD with V-NAND technology, with some insane performance to boot.

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The new drive arrives on a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, in various sizes. The Samsung 950 PRO will come in 256GB and 512GB capacities, with the 512GB version featuring insane sequential read speeds of 2.5GB/sec, while it can write at 1.5GB/sec. Random read performance is just as impressive, hovering at 300,000 IOPS while we have write speeds of up to 110,000 IOPS.

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Samsung is using its second generation MLV V-NAND 32-layer 128Gb die with UBX controller and magician software to make the 950 PRO, while we also have AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption that will protect your data. Dynamic Thermal Guard will protect your drive and data in environments of between 0-70C, and it can take a physical shock of up to 1500G/0.5ms and vibrations of up to 20G. So if you want to take it up in your fighter jet, you can.

The company is including a 5-year warranty with 200 terabytes written (TBW) for the 256GB model, while the 512GB model will have 400TBW. The new Samsung 950 PRO SSDs will be available starting next month, with the 256GB model costing $199.99, and the 512GB costing $349.99. Not too damn bad at all, considering the insane increase in read/write speeds.

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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