Today at the 2015 Samsung Global SSD Summit in Seoul, South Korea, Samsung announced their newest consumer NVMe SSD, the 950 Pro.
Utilizing Samsung’s 3D V-NAND memory and supporting PCIe 3.o x4, the 950 Pro is only available in M.2 form factor and promises to be the smallest, lightest and most powerful SSD platform available to the consumer today.
Available in capacities of 256 and 512GB, it comes with performance specs of 2.5GB/s read and 1.5GB/s write with up to 300,000 read and 110,000 write IOPS.
It also features Samsung’s own MLC V-NAND 32-layer 128Gb die with a UBX controller and updated Samsung Magician software.
The Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD has AES 256-bit encryption as well as Dynamic Thermal Guard, capable of protecting the drive in temperatures ranging from 0 to 70 degrees Celsius. In addition, it is capable of withstanding shock up to 1.5G and vibrations to 20G.
It comes with a 5 year limited warranty with an endurance spec of up to 200 TBW for the 256GB size, and 400TBW for the 512GB capacity. It is expected to be available as of October 2015 with an MSRP of $199 (256GB) and $349 (512GB).
Last but not least, Samsung’s release of 256 and 512GB capacities is just a start and we will be seeing a 1TB version at some point in the future. In fact, if you look closely at the 950 Pro, you will notice that all the components are located on its face, leaving the bottom completely empty for future capacity upgrades. This is only possible through use of Samsung’s newest V-NAND memory.