Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD Unleashed – See Specs, Features and Price

Samsung announced their latest NVMe M.2 SSD, the Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO, successors of last year’s impressive Samsung 950 PRO. The Samsung 960 PRO is the company’s highest capacity NVMe SSD (up to 2TB) and boasts sequential read/write speeds of up to 3,500MB/s and 2,100 MB/s respectively. It also features a 5-year warranty with up to 1.2 petabytes endurance rating for the 2TB capacity. Meanwhile the Samsung 960 EVO is ideal for mainstream NVMe users, take note this is still fastest than the previous 950 PRO. The 960 EVO features Samsung’s intelligent turbowrite technology that accelerated sequential speeds. It boasts sequential read/write speeds of up to 3,200 MB/s and 1,900 MB/s respectively. Samsung is also offering a 3 year limited warranty up to 400 TBW for 1TB capacity whichever occurs first. Both the Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO are built with dynamic thermal guard technology to manage performance and prevent overheating. Both also features PCIe Gen.3 x4 lane interface and are compliant with all NVMe specifications. Check out their features, specifications comparison, price and availability below.

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Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO Features NVMe SSD

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a worldwide leader in advanced memory solutions for more than two decades, today unveiled the Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO, its newest solid state drives (SSDs). The V-NAND based, M.2 form factor SSDs were built on the company’s category-defining Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) SSD leadership. With powerful performance, endurance and capacity topped with all new and more robust Samsung Magician software package, Samsung continues to accelerate the NVMe era.

Packed with more technology and innovation than ever, the 960 PRO and 960 EVO are designed for users who seek smaller and faster storage solutions that deliver higher bandwidth and lower latency for processing massive amounts of data for everything from gaming and large file transfers to 4K video rendering, data analytics and more on their ultra-thin notebooks and PCs.

Both the 960 PRO and 960 EVO use the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) Gen.3 x4 lane interface and are compliant with NVMe specifications to realize effective use of the high-speed PCIe bus and optimize both hardware and software configurations to take advantage of the NVMe SSD technology. The SSDs feature Samsung Dynamic Thermal Guard technology to manage performance during extreme workloads.

“For more than 30 years, Samsung has continued to push the boundaries of what is possible to deliver innovative consumer memory experiences.” said Un-Soo Kim, Senior Vice President of Branded Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “Our V-NAND technology for NVMe-based storage products is our most recent advancement in the NVMe era.”

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The 960 PRO and 960 EVO SSDs redefine the personal computer performance, in part attributed to new controller which raises the bar of consumer SSD performance. The 960 PRO delivers peak sequential read and write transfer speeds of 3,500 MB/s and 2,100 MB/s, respectively, and random read and write IOPS of up to 440,000 and 360,000.

On top of being the world’s fastest M.2 NVMe- SSD, the 960 PRO will also offer 2 terabyte (TB) capacity, which is the highest capacity commercially available for M.2 NVMe SSDs, along with 512GB and 1TB versions. The 960 PRO’s high density was made possible by Samsung V-NAND technology and the uniquely restructured package design. As user capacity demand trends continue to rise, the high-density 960 PRO capacities are poised to conveniently meet the needs of personal data and information storage. The 960 PRO promises additional reliability and endurance with the five-year limited warranty and up to 1.2 petabytes written (PBW), whichever occurs first, for the 2TB capacity.

“We were proud to erect the NVMe era last year with the introduction of our 950 PRO SSD. Now, with the introduction of the NVMe 960 PRO and 960 EVO SSDs, Samsung is once again taking the next step in the multi-terabyte SSD technology and the storage revolution, providing users higher capacities and speeds than ever before within an NVMe PCIe drive to create new possibilities for consumers and business professionals,” Kim added.

The 960 EVO is available in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities and provide users with next-generation personal computing performance. The new Samsung Intelligent TurboWrite technology makes its debut in the 960 EVO and accelerates sequential read and write speeds, that reach peaks of 3,200 MB/s and 1,900 MB/s respectively. The 960 EVO’s random read speed reaches up to 380,000 IOPS and random write speed up to 360,000 IOPS. The 960 EVO comes with a three-year limited warranty and up to 400 terabytes written (TBW), whichever occurs first, for the 1TB capacity version.

In addition to the industry leading performance, capacity and the reliable warranty-backed experience the 960 SSDs offer, Samsung is also introducing the all-new and fully rebuilt Magician software with a new user interface with which users can control various SSD settings including firmware updates.

Samsung 960 PRO vs 960 EVO vs 950 PRO: Specs Comparison

Specifications960 PRO960 EVO950 PRO
Form FactorM.2M.2M.2
ControllerSamsung PolarisSamsung PolarisSamsung UBX
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x4PCIe 3.0 x4PCIe 3.0 x4
ProtocolNVMeNVMeNVMe
NANDSamsung 48-layer MLC V-NANDSamsung 48-layer MLC V-NANDSamsung 32-layer MLC V-NAND
Capacity512GB, 1TB, 2TB250GB, 500GB, 1TB256GB, 512GB
Sequential Read3500 MB/s3200 MB/s2500 MB/s
Sequential Write2100 MB/s1900 MB/s1500 MB/s
4KB Random Read (QD32)440k IOPS380k IOPS300k IOPS
4KB Random Write (QD32)360k IOPS360k IOPS110k IOPS
Warranty5-Years3-Years5-Years

Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO Price and Availability

The Samsung 960 PRO and 960 EVO SSDs will be available worldwide starting October 2016. Below are the respective manufacturer’s suggested retail prices of both models and their capacities:

Capacity960 PRO960 EVO
250GB---$129
500GB---$249
512GB$329---
1TB$629$479
2TB$1,299---

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