Samsung Electronics take the wrap off the “960 Pro” loaded with third generation (48-layer) V NAND for stronger performances at the Solid State Drive (SSD) Global Summit 2016 held at Hotel Shilla in Seoul’s Jangchung-dong on September 21. The 2 TB SSD of the M.2 standard (an ultra-slim storage device for ultra-slim PCs) has a storage capacity four times bigger than that of the current “950 PRO (512 Gigabytes)” and 1.4 times faster than the “950 PRO (512 Gigabytes).”
In particular, a third generation V NAND, a high-speed controller, firmware and a 2GB mobile RAM empower “960 Pro” to realize a read speed of 3500MB/s which is six times faster than that of a SATA SSD and a write speed of 2100MB/s which is four times faster compared to a SATA SSD. This means that the new product is more than 30 times faster than a hard disk drive (HDD), showing the best performance in the storage industry. The new SSD send a movie file (3.7GB) within a second and save it within two seconds.
Its random read and write speeds stand at up to 440,000 IOPS and up to 360,000 IOPS, respectively. So the 960 Pro is up to three times faster than an NVMe SSD in multitasking. As a consequence, the product can significantly reduce booting speeds, time for executing applications and graphic operation time during games.
The application of an ultra power save circuit standard greatly enhanced energy efficiency in a power save mode (consumption of 5mW). An anti-overheating function enables customers to use the product in an extreme weather conditions.
The 960 PRO 2TB includes a five-year warranty or 1200TBW and is supported by the software “New Magician” and “NVMe Driver 2.0.
On the day, Samsung Electronics unveiled the new NVMe SSD lineup and a business strategy to expand its markets under the theme of “Journey into New Possibilities.” The 960 Pro and Evo lineup consist of six models -- 960 PRO: 2TB, 1TB, 512GB and 960 EVO: 1TB, 500GB, 250GB. These products will hit the markets in 50 countries including Korea, the US, China and Germany one after another beginning this October.
In terms of retail prices in North America, 960 Pro 2TB, 1TB and 512 GB will sell at US$ 1299, US$ 629 and US$ 329, respectively while 960 Evo 1TB, 500 GB and 250 GB will be priced at US$ 479, US$ 249 and US$ 129, respectively.