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[TH] Samsungs new 1TB M.2 SM961 Review - 3,500 MB/s and 330,000 IOPS

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Samsung finally released its new SM961 SSD, which is the faster follow-on to the 950 Pro. This thing is a screamer, they get it to hit 3,500 MB/s of sequential throughput, and it is just the small M.2 model. It also has 1 TB of capacity, which only the Toshiba XG series hasand the OCZ RD400, which is almost double the price of this little SSD. They were really impressed with the SSD, and said it is the fastest on the market.

I think this thing pretty much KILLS the Intel 750, which is slower and fits in a PCIe slot. The 750 is not a M.2, and also is slower, and draws MUCH more power.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/samsung-sm961-ssd,4608.html
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The SM961 sports very high performance ratings; the 1TB model clocks in at 3,200 MB/s read and 1,800 MB/s sequential write speed, which eclipses every other retail NVMe SSD. In our testing, we surpassed Samsung's 3,200 MB/s sequential read performance using a corner case test. The drive is capable of delivering up to 3,500 MB/s under ideal conditions, with the right software, when the stars align and the moon is full. The result is the highest we ever expect to achieve with a PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD.
Samsung spec’d random performance at 450,000 read and 320,000 write IOPS. There are a few snippets from a leaked datasheet, more specifically an image, that suggest the SM961 1TB provides up to 400,000 random write IOPS. We chose to publish the more realistic 320,000 IOPS.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/samsung-sm961-ssd,4608.html


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Might want to filter your "SM961" results on Amazon. Beware your 13 year old kids that are trying to build a gaming rig.
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post #3 of 17
A definite want, not a need.

...However the price tag certainly isn't wrong.
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Still no progress on QD1 performance. Come on Intel, get those Optane drives out now...
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Might want to filter your "SM961" results on Amazon. Beware your 13 year old kids that are trying to build a gaming rig.

 

Well, that was disturbing.

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Still no progress on QD1 performance. Come on Intel, get those Optane drives out now...

We have to wait a lot for Optane to catch up with this speed:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_XPoint

"IM Flash announced that the first generation of solid state drives will achieve 95000 IOPS throughput with 9 microsecond latency."
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Well, that was disturbing.

Tell me about it. I just wanted to check Amazon availability...
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Optane is Intel's brand name for 3D XPoint.
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Might want to filter your "SM961" results on Amazon. Beware your 13 year old kids that are trying to build a gaming rig.

Well now... that was unexpected.
post #10 of 17
3,500MB/s & 330,000 IOPS - so unrepresentative of its real world performance.

Oh marketing.
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