Samsung Electronics today announced the launch of its two new high-end M.2 PCIe SSDs for the consumer market. The new Samsung 960 PRO and Samsung 960 EVO, both units come in a M.2 format to provide maximum V- NAND memory performance with the Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) technology.

Samsung M.2 SSDs: 960 EVO and 960 EVO Pro Officially Launched


Samsung 960 PRO

The Samsung 960 PRO is the flagship model and it will be available in capacities of 512GB, 1TB and 2TB. These units use the best memory to deliver professional grade performance and high durability with sequential speeds of A-level result in up to 3,500 MB / s for reading and up to 2,100 MB / s in writing. The 2 TB model offers a lifetime of up to 1.2 Petabytes of written information with the use of Dynamic Thermal Guard technology to manage performance levels and avoid overheating of the unit. Its starting price would be around 330 euros  and offer a 5 year warranty.

Samsung 960 EVO

The Samsung 960 EVO is simply the little brother, available in three models of 250 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB of capacity with a sequential speed reaching up to 3,200 MB / s in reading and up to 1,900 MB / s in the writing by using a PCI-Express 3.0 x4 interface and be the first product to integrate Samsung Intelligent TurboWrite technology to increase performance. The 1TB model has a lifespan of 400 TB by written per year, make use of Dynamic Thermal Guard technology to prevent overheating problems. Samsung 960 EVO backed by a warranty of three years. The starting price would be around in 130 euros and like the PRO it will be available in October. Below you can see the detailed comparison.

Samsung SSD Comparison Chart

960 PRO 960 EVO SM961 PM961 950 Pro SM951- NVMe PM951-NVMe
Form Factor M.2 2280
Controller Samsung Polaris Samsung Polaris Samsung UBX Unknown
Interface PCIe 3.0 x4
Protocol NVMe
NAND Samsung 48-layer MLC V-NAND Samsung 48-layer TLC V-NAND Samsung MLC NAND Samsung
Samsung 32-layer MLC V-NAND Samsung 16nm MLC Samsung 16nm TLC
Capacity 512GB, 1TB, 2TB 250GB, 500GB, 1TB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Sequential Read 3500 MB/s 3200 MB/s 3200 MB/s 3000 MB/s 2500 MB/s 2150 MB/s 1050 MB/s
Sequential Write 2100 MB/s 1900 MB/s 1800 MB/s 1150 MB/s 1500 MB/s 1550 MB/s 560 MB/s
4KB Random Read (QD32) 440k IOPS 380k IOPS 450k IOPS 360k IOPS 300k IOPS 300k IOPS 250k IOPS
4KB Random Write (QD32) 360k IOPS 360k IOPS 400k IOPS 280k IOPS 110k IOPS 100k IOPS 144k IOPS
Launch Date October 2016 2H 2016 October 2015 ~June 2015 2015