Samsung just announced its new SSD M.2 size (2280), the 960 Pro and Evo. New standards that replace the 950 Pro and Evo launched last year.
These SSDs have in common a PCIe 3.0 interface on four lines and a new Samsung controller, called Polaris. It has five hearts and can even embed the DRAM PoP mode (memory is superimposed on the controller, to save space on the PCB). It implements including a new version of SLC cache technology "TurboWrite" manufacturer.
Note that Samsung also touted its new sticker which now includes a metal layer of copper to serve as a "radiator" and help dissipate!
The Pro 960 embeds the "new" V-NAND memory of third generation ... introduced last year (it will wait until next year for the Gen 4, announced this summer ). This 3D NAND MLC 48 layers using dies 32GB.
Three capacities are announced, 512GB, 1TB and 2TB with sequential speeds of 3500 MB / s read and 2100 MB / s write. randomness, on blocks of 4K QD32 model 512GB reached 330k IOPS read and write. The other two models are advertised to 440k 360k reading and writing.
The prices quoted in dollars were 329, 629 and 1299 for the three capacities, with a 5 year warranty.
The 960 Evo also embark on their side of the V-NAND third generation, but this time it comes to 3D NAND TLC (always 48 layers / 32GB).
Three capacities are announced, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. The sequential performance of 3200 MB / s read. For this model, Samsung announced separately write performance in TurboWrite fashion (cache SLC) and continuously. It reaches 1500, 1800, and 1900 MB / s when one remains on the SLC cache on all three capacities. When we leave the cache against, write performance down to 300, 600, and 1200 MB / s based here too capacity.
As for random operations, models 256 and 512 GB are announced for 330k IOPS read and write, and 380k / 360k read / write for the 1TB model.
Prices are always announced in dollars, respectively 129, 249 and 479 with a guarantee down, only three years compared to the five proposed for the 950 Evo. Availability is announced for the month of October for all these new standards.