Samsung Launches 950 Pro SSD with NVMe and 3D V-NAND

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atheus

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This is the part that I'm waiting for to go ahead with my Sky Lake build this Fall, although I am also very sad to see there isn't a 1TB model available until 2016. I'd really like to know how the performance of the 1TB drive would go before building on 512GB.

That said, if 48-layer V-NAND won't be in the picture for these until 2016, what products will be using it in Q4 2015?
 

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Production starts in Q4 so I suspect Samsung will launch the 1TB model at CES. That will give the company a few months buffer to sort out any issues that may pop up in production.
 

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Both the 1TB and 4TB products will [strike]reply[/strike] rely on Samsung's new 48-layer V-NAND which will enter products in Q4 2015.
 

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I'll have to test them to find that out. The 4K random QD1 read is 11,000 IOPS for the 256GB and 12,000 IOPS for the 512GB. This is claimed performance and not actual measurements that I've ran.
 

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So I see it's due to be released October 15th. Does that mean I can get it then, as a consumer?

Will it be shipped to many distributors or will it be like, really rare for months?
 

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what about "response time" cause that was the problem with the latest iterations, they couldn't match the 0.2 that the ssd hold, the system it's gonna feel slow without that...
 

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Hmm, I don't think someone at Samsung looked at Z97/Z120 motherboards before they designed this M.2 SSD.

Take a good look at all the Z97 and Z120 motherboards out there. Most of, if not all of have the M.2 connector on the right side of the motherboard. Meaning, when you plug this beautiful black PCB SSD in, your fabulous branding and logo will be upside down!

Lets see if some one at marketing does their job and realize they have to spin the metal plate 180 degrees before these hit the shelves or it will be the Gigabyte GTX 780TI GHz Edition all over again.....SHM
 

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Who is this SSD for? 250gb 850evo is ~100$. This one is 2x in price. Is the speed gain noticeable to the average end user?

I'm using a 250gb 840 evo at the moment. Would I notice the speed upgrade?
 

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Who is this SSD for? 250gb 850evo is ~100$. This one is 2x in price. Is the speed gain noticeable to the average end user?

I'm using a 250gb 840 evo at the moment. Would I notice the speed upgrade?
It's for people who need the fastest SSD out there. There are a lot of people that bought the 840 Pro and 850 Pro instead of their cheaper EVO counterparts so those people will now buy this one for one reason or another.

Whether or not there will be a noticeable performance gain is another question. This model is significantly faster than either of the SATA options of the 850 so I would guess that you will notice the speed difference in the right scenarios. The difference will certainly be larger than what is seen between an 850 pro and an 850 evo.

Whether or not you would see the speed difference depends on your usage. If you're gaming then probably not. At least not enough to justify the upgrade cost.
 

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Looking forward to seeing these parts tested... once I bought one 850evo I quickly transitioned to those as my primary SSD part for my PC's (both desktop and laptop), but the 850 doesn't feel as snappy as whatever Apple has in my MBP (The only SSD setup I've got that benchmarks faster is the 1TB Thunderbolt2 SSD Little Big Disk, but obviously that's not used for general storage.
 

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What's the ideal usage scenario?

For example- I play far cry 4- and it loads a long time. I feel like I don't have an SSD when the game starts the first time. After that it is rather smooth, I have to say.

And another thing that may not be related but- I also do a lot of work in 3ds Max. It starts much faster with an SSD, but there is still ~5second wait where the CPU, GPU, SSD and RAM report 0 usage before it starts. It looks like I have to wait just because I have to. This may be 3ds Max only problem...

Anyway, thank you for your answer!
 

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Waiting for the NVMe 1.2 protocol that will actually get up to 32Gbps.
Wait game in todays tech is a losing one. When the lifecycle of a product is about a year you are missing on a lot of stuff. Why wait a year or two longer when you can buy this SSD and have your PC work like a lighting for the next 2-3 years.
 

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No, that's the losing plan and how you end up with crap you don't want and never wanted in the first place.

Waiting for the NVMe 1.2 protocol that will actually get up to 32Gbps.
Wait game in todays tech is a losing one. When the lifecycle of a product is about a year you are missing on a lot of stuff. Why wait a year or two longer when you can buy this SSD and have your PC work like a lighting for the next 2-3 years.
 

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can someone explain to me what the compatible motherboards need to be able to support the full speed capabilities of these SSDs? thanks in advance!
 

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Great news. If I recall correctly, the OEM version also did not offer encryption, or at least any way to implement it for data protection.
 

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Enough PCIe Bandwidth to support the x4 PCI-e connection. I think. <_<
All Z170 (skylake) boards will, and some z97 and many x99.
 

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Who is this SSD for? 250gb 850evo is ~100$. This one is 2x in price. Is the speed gain noticeable to the average end user?

I'm using a 250gb 840 evo at the moment. Would I notice the speed upgrade?
Did the massive leap in performance not catch your notice? As this type of storage becomes mainstream, it's going to affect how systems and software is designed, with new technologies like Intel's Optane picking up the baton from there.
 
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