Model: Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics
Provided By: Samsung America

Samsung Electronics has been a leader in the electronics industry for more than 30 years. Since the introduction of their first television in 1970, this Korean company has grown to become one of the world's leading electronics manufacturers, offering everything from tiny semiconductors to large home appliances. Samsung is no stranger to the storage industry either. Along with an assortment of DVD and Blu-ray Disc drives, the company offers both hard drive and flash based storage solutions for the portable and desktop computer markets.

With solid-state technology advancing at an ever increasing rate, Samsung has begun to look for ways to push performance beyond the limits of the current SATA specification. In addition to technologies like RAPID (Real-time Accelerated Processing of I/O Data), which uses free PC memory as a cache, the company has launched a series of PCIe-based SSDs. The latest addition to this lineup is the 950 PRO. First unveiled at the 2015 Samsung SSD Global Summit in Seoul, the 950 PRO is the first consumer-ready Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) M.2 form factor SSD with V-NAND technology. This cutting-edge drive is powered by Samsung's own 3-core UBX controller and is equipped with up to 512GB of their 32-layer MLC V-NAND flash. Also, thanks to its PCIe Gen 3 four-lane interface, the 950 PRO is able to provide higher bandwidth and lower latency than SATA SSDs.

The 950 PRO is available in 256GB and 512GB capacities. For this review, Samsung sent us the 512GB version of the drive which is capable of delivering up to 2,500 MB/s sequential read and 1,500 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 300,000 random read and 110,000 random write IOPS.

   Samsung 950 PRO 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe Solid State Drive
General Specifications
Model Number MZ-V5P512BW
Capacity 512GB
Flash Type Samsung 32 layer MLC V-NAND
Controller Samsung UBX
Form Factor M.2 (2280)
Interface PCIe 3.0 x4 (up to 32Gb/s) NVMe 1.1

Sequential Read 2,500 MB/s Max
Sequential Write 1,500 MB/s Max
4K Random Read (QD1) 12,000 IOPS
4K Random Write (QD1) 43,000 IOPS
4K Random Read (QD32) 300,000 IOPS
4K Random Write (QD32) 110,000 IOPS

MTBF 1.5 million hours
Endurance 400TBW

Power Consumption
Active Average 5.7 Watt
Active Maximum 7.0 Watt
Idle 70 mW
Device Sleep 2.5 mW

Operating Temperature 0 ºC to 70 ºC
Humidity 5% to 95%, non-condensing
Shock 1500G , duration 0.5m sec, 3 axis
Vibration 20~2000Hz, 20G

Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions 80.15 x 22.15 x 2.38 mm
Weight 10g

Other Features
AES 256-bit for User Data Encryption
Supports TRIM, SMART and Garbage Collection
DEVSLP power mode
5 year warranty

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the 950 PRO has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Samsung's new NVMe SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the 950 PRO have what it takes? Can it deliver the performance and features that we've come to expect from Samsung? Keep reading as we find out.

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