On September 21 2016, Dave Altavilla wrote an article for Hot Hardware talking about how Samsung released two new solid state drives that has speeds that go up to 3.5 gigabytes per second. These SSDs are called the 960 Pro and 960 EVO NVMe. These two SSDs are considered part of the 900 series family which is widely accepted in today’s market.
To understand how these rank compared to the other Samsung models, here is what Atlavilla has written for us.
“Built on Samsung's 3D V-NAND technology and employing the new Samsung Polaris SSD controller, the 960 Pro is Samsung's highest performance, high endurance drive and the successor to last year's 950 Pro. The 960 EVO is the lower cost model and a follow-on to last year's Samsung 950 EVO drive.”It seems as is the 960 EVO uses the Samsung Polaris controller but employs memory more cost efficiently in terms of the Samsung TLC NAND memory. Both of the solid state drives come in the standard M.2 gumstick form along with the PCI Express Gen 3 X4 interfaces. These two drives will also utilize the non-volatile memory express (also known as the NVMe) in order to achieve super fast speeds and low latency.
The SSD 960 PRO 512 GB is offered at $329, 1TB at $629, and the 2TB at $1299. They have a 4KB random write of 330,000 IOPS, 360,000 IOPS, and 360,000 IOPS respectively. They are available to the market place from October 2016.