Samsung unveiled its 960 PRO and 960 EVO, its newest solid state drives and are based on the M.2 form factor. Like the 950 Pro, which was revealed last year, the 960 Pro and 960 Evo are PCIe 3.0 x4 drives that use the latest NVMe protocol for data transfer. Both drives feature 3D NAND (which Samsung refers to as V-NAND) to offer more storage capacity than a standard 2D NAND methodology would allow. While the companies like Intel are releasing their first batches of SDDs with the new tech this year, Samsung has been using 3D NAND for consumer hardware since the release of the popular 850 Pro and 850 Evo SSDs back in 2014.
The 960 PRO and 960 EVO have redefined performance as the former is able to deliver the peak sequential read and write transfer speeds of 3500MB/s and 2100 MB/s, respectively, and the random read and write IOPS of up to 440,000 and 360,000. Samsung 960 EVO, on the other hand, is able to reach sequential read and write speeds up to the 3200MB/s and 1900 MB/s respectively. Side by side, the drive is able to achieve random read speeds up to 380,000 IOPS and also random write speeds up to 360,000 IOPS.
The Samsung 960 Evo and Pro will roll out in October with the prices starting at $130 and $330, respectively. The 960 Evo will be available in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB capacities, while the Pro offers 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB versions. The Samsung Evo utilizes cheaper and more tightly packed TLC (triple-level cell) NAND, while the Samsung Pro sports speedier MLC (multi-level cell) NAND.