Introducing SSD 950 PRO with V-NAND technology

Nov 04. 2015

512GB variant delivers sequential read/write speeds of up to 2,500 MB/s and 1,500 MB/s

Sydney, Australia– November 4, 2015–Samsung Electronics Australia today announced the introduction of the 950 PRO solid state drive (SSD), designed to meet the demands of high-performance consumer and business laptops and PCs. The drive’s M.2 form factor means that users with compatible ultra-slim notebook PCs and workstations can benefit from industry-leading storage endurance, and reliability.

The Samsung SSD 950 PRO is Samsung’s first consumer-ready Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe*) M.2 form factor SSD with vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology; supporting the PCIe 3.0 interface. With the introduction of NVMe, the first protocol optimised for SSDs, users of the Samsung 950 PRO will benefit from improved performance which can help increase battery life compared with previous Samsung SSD products. The drive is ideal for Australians who want cutting-edge performance, higher bandwidth and lower latency from their high-end PCs and workstations, ideal for projects such as computer-aided design, data analysis and engineering simulation. The compact M.2 2280 form factor ensures compatibility with next-generation desktop and mobile platforms that support the M.2 PCIe slot and interface.

"We’re extending our Australian leadership through advanced product innovation and R&D with the introduction of the SSD 950 PRO. The SSD 950 PRO is yet another example of a branded memory solution that continues to elevate our portfolio of products and reflects Samsung’s continued commitment in the memory industry,” said Todd Lynton, Director – Enterprise and Small Medium Business, Samsung Electronics Australia.

“Last year, we launched the world’s first SSD with 3D V-NAND technology to overcome limitations of traditional 2D SSD design. We also launched Samsung’s first portable SSD product with the T1 which combined our advanced memory technologies in a beautifully designed and highly portable device. By continuing to innovate in these categories, we are helping to drive change in the market to deliver better products and experiences for Australians,” he said.

Featuring the PCIe Gen.3 x4 interface and supporting the NVMe protocol, the Samsung 950 PRO offers improved random and sequential performance over SATA interface drives utilising the legacy AHCI protocol. Users of applications that benefit from high input/output operations per second (IOPS) will experience up to four times faster performance than with traditional Samsung SATA SSDs.

The 950 PRO features Samsung’s second generationMLC V-NAND 32-layer 128Gb die with UBX controller and magician software and will be available in 512 gigabyte (GB) and 256GB storage capacities. The 512GB version delivers sequential read/write speeds of up to 2,500 MB/s and 1,500 MB/s. Random read performance is up to 300,000 IOPS, with write speeds of up to 110,000 IOPS.*

The SSD 950 PRO integrates AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption to protect data and Dynamic Thermal Guard, which can protect the device and data in a range of temperatures from 0 to 70 degrees Celsius. It can also withstand physical shock of up to 1500G/0.5ms and vibrations up to 20G.

Both capacities come with a 5-year warranty up to 200 terabytes written (TBW) for the 256GB and 400TBW for the 512GB.^

Pricing and availability

The 950 PRO is now available with an RRP of $379 for the 256GB capacity and $659 for the 512GB capacity from specialty resellers. For more information, please visit


*Performance may varybased on the SSD’s firmware version, system hardware and configuration.

^Warranty is in addition to the rights of consumers under the Australian Consumer Law.