Product on Review: 950 PRO SSD
Street Price: 256GB: £159 GBP / $200 USD
It’s fair to say the SATA-based SSD sector has now become quite a stagnant marketplace. Performance has hit its peak and plateaued – while this has meant that prices have plummeted, the arena has seen very little innovation and excitement in the last 3-4 years. With the introduction of Intel Z170 this Summer and full compatibility with M.2 and NVM Express this game is about to change. NVMe uses lower latency and can handle up to 64K queues and up 64K commands each while SATA and AHCI can only handle 1 queue and 32 commands each.
Last month Samsung unleashed their new NVMe SSD – the 950 PRO. This much-anticipated drive gives users the ability to home in on read transfer rates which exceed 2000MB/s. Today we’ll be taking two 256GB 950 PROs and configuring a RAID array to maximise performance and discover what kind of throughput figures we can achieve. Prepare to be amazed!
Samsung on their 950 PRO
If you're a heavy workload professional searching for an SSD with uncompromising power and performance, look no further. The next-generation Samsung 950 PRO delivers exceptional performance for professionals. This cutting-edge V-NAND-based NVMe SSD supports PCI Express® Gen 3 x4 lanes, providing a higher bandwidth and lower latency to process a massive amount more data than SATA SSDs. Presented in a compact M.2 form factor, the future-oriented 950 PRO is ideal for professionals using high-end PCs and workstations.