Samsung gets a lot of love for its solid-state drives, which pack super-fast storage into small packages thanks to the company’s V-NAND technology—but its new drives crank things to 11. On Tuesday, Samsung announced 950 Pro M.2 SSDs that marry V-NAND density with blazing fast NVMe speeds delivered over a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface.
Translation: It's really small, and really fast.
The new SSD-on-a-stick features 32-layer V-NAND and will come in 256GB and 512GB options priced at $200 and $350 respectively. The Pro 950 will be available in October, but you might want to wait a few months before opening your wallet.
In early 2016, Samsung plans to introduce a jaw-dropping 1TB Pro 950 that will use the company’s recently announced 48-layer V-NAND
, according to PC Perspective
. Basically, more V-NAND layers means denser storage capacity, which is why Samsung will be able to pack more storage into such a small package.
The 950 Pro features the Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe) protocol, which Samsung says will translate into improved performance for laptops and workstations, as well as better battery life for clamshells. If you want a slightly longer explanation of NVMe, check-out our recent performance showdown between M.2 drives
on the market today.