Samsung intros super-speedy consumer SSDs, 'fastest M.2s ever'
Flashy NVMe pair up to 1TB – for now....
Samsung has introduced 960 EVO and 960 PRO M.2-format consumer SSDs with an NVMe interface and a promised 2TB capacity.
Sammy says these are the fastest M.2 flash drives ever. They come with up to 1TB capacity, for now, and are built with its 48-layer, 256Gbit, 21nm V-NAND technology. We expect that 64-layer V-NAND will be needed to reach the coming 2TB capacity.
The M.2 format makes them suitable for thin notebooks and all-in-one desktop systems – like iMacs. Both models are operated by a 5-core Samsung Polaris controller, and they have a PCIe gen 3 4-lane connection.
The 960 EVO has 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacity levels with its TLC NAND. It operates up to 380,000/360,000 random read/write IOPS and 3.2/1.9GB/sec sequential reads and writes; plenty fast. The device supports up to 400TB written and has a 3-year warranty, whichever comes first. Sammy says it uses the first instance of its TurboWrite sequential writing technology.
The costlier, MLC flash-based 960 PRO has 512GB and 1TB capacity points, with 2TB promised, and is faster – operating at up to 440,000/360,000 random read/write IOPS and 3.5/2.1GB/sec sequential reads and writes. It has a longer working life with a five-year warranty and, for the promised 2TB capacity, up to 1.2PB written. The 2TB product would be the highest-capacity M.2 drive available.
There is a Dynamic Thermal Guard performance throttling facility on both products to prevent over-heating, and Magician software for drive management by users.