The 960 Pro and 960 EVO communicate via four PCIe 3.0 lanes, which Samsung advertises as supporting these speeds:
Peak sequential read: 3500MB/s
Peak sequential write: 2100MB/s
Random read: 440k IOPS
Random write: 360k IOPS
Of the capacity and endurance metrics, Samsung said in a press release:
“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.2 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.”
MSRP starts at $330 for the Pro and $130 for the EVO. Availability is in October.
We've previously had issues with M.2 and high-speed SSDs running hot – often undetected, because up until these new devices, no one would suspect drives to run hot in a consumer machine. Samsung's using its new “Dynamic Thermal Guard technology” to “manage performance during extreme workloads,” which mostly prioritizes between thermals and performance based upon the SSD's present temperature and load level. The technology hasn't been tested in our labs yet, but theoretically will reduce the thermal concerns present on previous high-speed M.2 devices.
For our regulars, we're currently in Southern California for some local coverage, and will be updating shortly with news from multiple manufacturers.
- Steve “Lelldorianx” Burke