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Samsung announces incredibly fast 950 Pro SSD

Samsung has introduced a new SSD today. It’s called 950 Pro, and it’s insanely fast. The drive is the first one to bring vertical NAND technology to the consumer space. It’s a Non-Volatile Memory Express M.2 SSD, in the M.2 2280 size.

It will be offered in two capacities – 256GB for $199.99 and 512GB for $349.99. Thanks to its support for the PCIe Gen.3 x4 interface, it delivers speeds that SATA-using drives can only dream of.

The 512GB Samsung 950 Pro reaches sequential read speeds of 2.5GB/s and sequential writes of 1.5GB/s. In terms of random access, it delivers 300,000 read IOPS and 110,000 write IOPS.

The drive uses Samsung’s second generation MLC V-NAND 32-layer 128Gb die with UBX controller and magician software. It has AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption and something called Dynamic Thermal Guard, which apparently protects the device and data when it’s exposed to temperatures ranging from 0 to 70 degrees Celsius.

The 950 Pro can withstand shocks of up to 1500G/0.5ms and 20G vibrations. Warranty-wise you’re looking at five years of coverage for both capacities, with the 256GB model getting that up to 200 terabytes written, and the 512GB unit up to 400 terabytes written. The drive will be in stores in October.

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