Samsung announces ultra-fast 960 Pro, Evo M.2 NVMe SSDs
September 21, 2016 | 10:08
Samsung has announced new M.2 Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) solid-state drives (SSDs), the 960 Pro and 960 Evo families, boasting of what it claims is a world-leading peak write speed of 2.1GB/sec.
Based around Samsung's vertical-NAND flash modules, which stack layers in three dimensions in order to increase both capacity and performance, the 960 Pro and 960 Evo families are extremely similar. Both use the compact M.2 form factor, communicating with the host system via four PCI Express Gen. 3.0 lanes over the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) standard. The difference, of course, comes in performance: the 960 Evo offers a peak read speed of 3.2GB/sec and a peak write speed of 1.9GB/sec, while the Pro jumps to 3.5GB/sec and 2.1GB/sec respectively.
'We were proud to erect the NVMe era last year with the introduction of our 950 Pro SSD,' crowed Un-Soo Kim, senior vice president for Samsung's memory business marketing, at the unveiling. 'Now, with the introduction of the NVMe 960 Pro and 960 Evo SSDs, Samsung is once again taking the next step in the multi-terabyte SSD technology and the storage revolution, providing users higher capacities and speeds than ever before within an NVMe PCIe drive to create new possibilities for consumers and business professionals.'
The 960 Pro is to launch, Samsung has confirmed, in 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities with a five-year or up-to 1.2PB written (PWB) warranty depending on capacity, while the 960 Evo family will include 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB variants with a three-year or up-to 400TB written (TBW) warranty, again depending on capacity. All models are due to launch in October 2016, with UK pricing yet to be confirmed and US suggested retail pricing starting at $129.99 for the 960 Evo 250GB and $329.99 for the 960 Pro 512GB (around £100 and £254 respectively, excluding taxes.)