This morning in Seoul, South Korea, Samsung upped the bar once again in the storage world with the announcement of their latest 960 Pro and EVO SSD releases, both NVMe SSDs that have groundbreaking performance, capacities and value.
King of the road will be the Samsung 960 Pro PCIe Gen 3×4 NVMe M.2 SSD which will be the first consumer 2TB M.2 SSD release, also available in 512GB and 1TB capacities. Capacity isn’t the strong point of this SSD, however, as its speed is advertised at 3.5GB/s read and 2.1GB/s write, along with random read and write IOPS of 440K and 360K, making it the smallest and highest performing SSD available worldwide. The Samsung 960 Pro will come with a limited 5 year warranty or a total write count of 1.2Pb (whichever comes first) at the 2TB capacity.
Next up we have the 960 EVO PCIe Gen 3×4 NVMe SSD which will be available in capacities of 250GB, 500GB and 1TB. This M.2 SSD will reach speeds of 3.2GB/s read and 1.9GB/s write, along with up to 380K IOPS, all the while having a 3 year warranty that runs parallel to a 400TB TBW for the 1TB capacity, again whichever comes first. Performance in the EVO is the result of Samsung’s latest Intelligent Turbowrite Technology.
Both SSDs contain Samsung’s own Dynamic Thermal Guard Technology to manage performance levels and overheating, and are expected to be available as of October 2016, prices starting at $329 and $129 USD respectively.
“For more than 30 years, Samsung has continued to push the bounderies of what is possible to deliver innovative consumer memory experiences.” said Un-Soo Kim, Senior Vice President of Branded Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. ” Our V-NAND technology for NVMe-based storage products is our most recent advancement in the NVMe era.”
“We were proud to erect the NVMe era last year with the introduction of our 950 PRO SSD. 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,” Kim added.