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[Guru3D] Samsung 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD: SM961 Ships Next week

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http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/samsung-1tb-nvme-m-2-ssd-sm961-ships-next-week.html
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And they are fast! according to Rod Bland, CEO of RamCity Samsung SM961 1TB SSDs are en route to his company. The new SM961 is certainly a notch faster than the previous generation SM951 and retail 950 Pro, 3200 MB/s anyone ?

Oh and it still writes at 1800 MB/sec apparently. The OEM NVMe SSD uses a new controller that should produce less heat, a move aimed at reducing thermal throttle conditions, and it is called, you'll laugh when I say it .. The Polaris controller.

The AND used obviously is V-NAND and performs up to 3,200 MB/s (sequential read) and up to 450,000 random read IOPS at queue depth 32 says Toms Hardware. The SM961 will ship in four volumes, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB drives. The SM961 release obviously will also be indicative for the successor to the 950 pro, we take it it'll be 960 PRO NVMEs SSDs.
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Now the really good news, apparently the 1TB SM961 will costs 512 USD. That's cheaper opposed to the SM951 series, that goes for all volume sizes.

what happened to the 1tb samsung 950 pro ?
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Here we go biggrin.gif

Here's hoping the 950 pro will follow suite!

EDIT

An actually okay price as well, considering the performance.
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Erm, this is old news and has been listed on overclockers Uk for a good while now on Pre-Order.

https://www.overclockers.co.uk/samsung-sm961-polaris-1tb-m.2-2880-pci-e-3.0-x-4-nvme-solid-state-drive-hd-226-sa.html
 
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SO with read performances getting this high is this effectively removing the storage bottleneck completely? So basically we're waiting on the processor now and motherboard SB/NB to do its thing?
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SO with read performances getting this high is this effectively removing the storage bottleneck completely? So basically we're waiting on the processor now and motherboard SB/NB to do its thing?

As a technology, NAND flash is never going to eliminate that bottleneck. There is too much latency for it to seriously compete with DRAM or SRAM. It's about a thousand times slower than DRAM to start returning data no matter its ultimate data rate.
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And now I'm suddenly interested in a Samsung SSD. I'm running out of storage on my 256GB SSD.
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I wonder what the length is going to be for the 1tb model.
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Excellent news biggrin.gif Their cycle should repeat and I've been wanting a 1TB 950 Pro recently for planned upgrade.
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As a technology, NAND flash is never going to eliminate that bottleneck. There is too much latency for it to seriously compete with DRAM or SRAM. It's about a thousand times slower than DRAM to start returning data no matter its ultimate data rate.

In terms of perhaps technicality but what I believe he was referring to; I'd call SSD to be storage. DRAM to be cache. Thus competition between them is irrelevant. In terms of the storage bottleneck, that can be taken in many contexts. But ultimately, I believe we'll reach a different bottleneck at the rate of advancement we're at before storage is the most significant one for user usage. Example, limited NAND capacity is/was bottlenecking primary storage usage which this is achieving assitance in fixing; I recall them stating a 4TB 850 Pro should follow not too far after the 1TB 950 release.
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Erm, this is old news and has been listed on overclockers Uk for a good while now on Pre-Order.

https://www.overclockers.co.uk/samsung-sm961-polaris-1tb-m.2-2880-pci-e-3.0-x-4-nvme-solid-state-drive-hd-226-sa.html

Overclockers.co.uk store creates pre-order entries before the retailer provides them the information and date for release. They just use publically released information and create a pre-order which could be who knows how far into the future. "Old" news in terms of, they announced this last year. But shipping next week, is not old news I'd say?
Edited by CoD511 - 6/20/16 at 3:35pm
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Just put in an order for the 1TB version. Been waiting on this for the last two years! Felt like waiting for the 960 Pro, as it may offer a little more speed and come in a black PCB... but right now there is no way to tell what it will offer or when it will come out.

Just trying to not talk myself out of this order. Ended up being $490 shipped to the US! A lot of money but still better than anything else out there...

Faster and cheaper! biggrin.gif

OCZ RD400 SSD 1TB $740 2.1/1.3
Toshiba XG3 1TB 1TB $739.99 2.5/1.5 (Toshiba now owns OCZ)
Plextor 1TB Prcie TBD? 2.5/1.4
SM961 1TB $490 3.2/1.8
750 Intel 1.2TB $1,200 2.4/1.2
950 Pro 512GB $320 2.5/1.5 ($640 for 1TB~)
Edited by Zam15 - 6/20/16 at 3:41pm
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I don't think you can get much more out of SATA than the 850 Pro currently does, so I wonder if they will bother to release a new version for SATA, or if the will do M.2 only. Those listed warranties are crap though considering what the SATA version gets. (I wanted an M.2 drive for the OS but setup and compatibility is just so much easier with SATA; I figured I'd get an M.2 drive later on for applications.)
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