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Samsung 256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 950 PRO SSD SM950 Solid State Drive

256GB Samsung 950 PRO, M.2 (22x80) PCIe 3.0 (x4) NVMe 1.1 SSD, UBX, 3D V-NAND, Read 2200MB/s, Write 900MB/s, 270k IOPS

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Product Overview Level up to unmatched performance, power efficiency and endurance
If you're a heavy workload professional searching for an SSD with uncompromising power and performance, look no further. The next-generation Samsung 950 PRO delivers exceptional performance for professionals.

This cutting-edge V-NAND-based NVMe SSD supports PCI Express® Gen 3 x4 lanes, providing a higher bandwidth and lower latency to process a massive amount more data than SATA SSDs. Presented in a compact M.2 form factor, the future-oriented 950 PRO is ideal for professionals using high-end PCs and workstations.
*PCI Express and PCIe are registered trademarks of PCI-SIG.

Experience a next-generation SSD today
Equipped with the enhanced bandwidth of the NVMe interface, the 950 PRO is ideal for intensive workloads, such as computer-aided design, data analysis and engineering simulations. It outperforms SATA SSDs by over 4.5 times in sequential read and by over 2.5 times in sequential write, delivering the speeds of 2,500 MB/s and 1,500 MB/s respectively.*
*This reflects the maximum performance of 950 PRO 512 GB compared to 850 PRO 512 GB. Results may vary based on the user environment.

Save power while maintaining peak performance
If you're in the midst of performing a complex data analysis or engineering simulation on your laptop, you surely don't want your battery to run out. Consuming just 5.7 W at peak workloads, the 950 PRO secures battery life while maintaining superior performance levels. In standby mode, the 950 PRO consumes only 2.0 milliwatts (mW) of power, less than half the power consumption of a SATA in Device Sleep Mode.*
*This reflects the maximum power consumption of 950 PRO 512 GB compared to 850 PRO 512 GB. Results may vary based on the user environment.

Maximize endurance under heavy workloads
The innovative V-NAND technology in the 950 PRO increases endurance and prolongs the lifespan with insulators that cause less stress and are more resistant to wear under heavy client workloads over a 5-year period.* The 950 PRO also features Dynamic Thermal Throttling (DTT) technology, which controls the temperature of the device to reduce overheating and maintain a high level of sustained performance.
*5 years or TBW (256 GB : 200 TB, 512 GB : 400 TB), whichever comes faster. Features Shedding light on a whole new standard of capacity and performance.
Samsung V-NAND technology overcomes the capacity limitations of traditional 2D NAND technology with its revolutionary vertical design.

V-NAND also applies innovative Charge Trap Flash (CTF) technology which prevents data corruption caused by cell-to-cell interference.

The synergy of both structural and material innovations leads to improved speed, power efficiency, and endurance.

Vertical expansion breaks through horizontal limit.
Samsung revolutionized the storage industry by shifting the planar NAND to a vertical structure. Samsung V-NAND technology features a unique design that stacks 48 layers on top of one another instead of trying to decrease the cells’ pitch size. Samsung used Channel Hole Technology (CHT) to enable cells to connect vertically with one another through a cylindrical channel that runs through stacked cells.

Material innovation that no one can match.
Samsung has shifted the paradigm of material used for NAND. Samsung applies the innovative CTF technology which uses a non-conductive layer of Silicon Nitride (SiN), temporarily trapping electrical charges to maintain cell integrity.

This non-conductive layer wraps around the control gate of the cell, acting as an insulator that holds charges to prevent data corruption caused by cell-to-cell interference.

Vertical architecture paves the way for amplified capacity.
Layering cells vertically in three-dimensional stacks provides much greater cell density. Samsung V-NAND technology lets heavy-workload users and data centers store and handle more data with greatly improved capacity.

Samsung V-NAND enables up to 100 layers of cells to be stacked with the potential to scale the density up to 1 Terabit. The 2D planar NAND density ceiling can only reach the minimum density of V-NAND.

Innovative algorithms equal faster performance
Traditional planar NAND memory requires the creation of sets of complex program algorithms to prevent data corruption caused by cell-to-cell interference. However, Samsung V-NAND is virtually immune to cell-to-cell interference.

V-NAND does not need to go through a complex program algorithm to write data, and this enables the memory to write data up to two times faster than traditional 2D planar NAND flash memory.

Unprecedented power efficiency
Since V-NAND technology has eliminated the issue of cell-to-cell interference, its programming steps are greatly reduced. As a result, power consumption is substantially lowered by up to 45 percent compared to planar NAND memory.

Embedded high endurance to store your valuable data
Samsung V-NAND provides up to twice the endurance of planar NAND. V-NAND decreases its electric field because its cells are slightly larger, and employs CTF-based insulators eliminating the risk of cell-to-cell interference, resulting in superior retention performance.
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Details
Duration:
60 months
Type:
Direct
DOA Period:
7 days
RTB Period:
1 months
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Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 15 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by very fast os boot drive this is very fast and reliable, previous mvme (cheaper stick) failed so was a little nervous, this one is more expensive, but so far no problems and very pleased - make sure the size and key match your board:) 21 April 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good drive but more expensive than some The drive installs under windows though you will have to hunt for the drivers from Samsung. Your motherboard has to support the M.2 connector and have the relevant fixing screw as this is not supplied, With the price of these drives beginning to drop this one is now looking a bit expensive but is very good quality. 05 April 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by NVMe SSD If you have a motherboard which supports this SSD it is definitely worthwhile considering this instead of a normal SSD drive! It absolutely flies! Easy install and Windows installed without a problem, it really is a pleasure to play games & multitask now! 09 March 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Speed up computer Had to update motherboard BIOS to recognise component but once sorted big improvement on speed of computer. A little on the expensive side though. 08 March 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by very fast this is a very fast drive suited for OS. Windows 10 recognises it straight off the bat when installing onto it 07 March 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by 256GB Samsung 950 PRO Super fast almost 4 times faster than my Samsung 850 Pro easy to install although if you want to put windows on it and use as your boot drive you will need to go into the BIOS and change some settings also check your motherboard will support it overall this is the fastest drive on the market to date 24 January 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Works well Would be nice if supplied with the small screw required to fit it 08 January 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by God it's fast Going from a SATA 3Gb/s hard drive to this for boot, and my god, what an upgrade! No issues with it on a Z170I Pro Gaming motherboard, all detected and running like a top. If you're after an M.2 SSD, you can't go much better 05 January 2016
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256GB Samsung 950 PRO

will this drive work and be bootable with my asus maximus hero vii mobo
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Yes but you may need to update the bios on the board, and nvme drives are only supported in windows 10.

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I guess so!!
I got one to work on a Maximus Ranger VII motherboard.
Easy to fit but I had to change the M2 setting in the UEFI/BIOS from Auto to NVMe so the system recognised the SSD
This in turn disable the two lower PCIe slots on the motherboard as the M2 slot needs to use the bandwidth.
If you don't need these slots then it should be fine
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Will this Item be compatible with Asus X99-A Motherboard

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I cannot answer with any certainty but:
I got one to work on a Maximus Ranger VII motherboard.
Easy to fit but I had to update the UEFI/BIOS and change the M2 setting in the UEFI/BIOS from Auto to NVMe so the system recognised the SSD
This in turn disabled the two lower PCIe slots on the motherboard as the M2 slot needs to use the bandwidth.
I contacted ASUS Support and they inform me that they do not make a motherboard with an M2 slot with dedicated bandwidth so I guess the same situation probably applies to your motherboard.
So if you do not need all the PCIe slots then it could be OK for you.
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These are compatible however the board my need a BIOS update.

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The Samsung 950 Pro is fully compatible with the M.2 socket on the Asus Z170 pro gaming motherboard.

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Windows 10 Bootable GA-Z170XP-SLI Motherboard

I plan to install Windows 10 from USB stick (one that you sell here on Scan) on to this SSD and use as it as my primary bootable OS drive.

Will this work in NVMe mode on a GigaByte GA-Z170XP-SLI Motherboard?

Looking to place order for both SSD and Windows 10 USB stick ASAP once confirmed.

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Yes this will work however may need a bios update.

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I think 80mm is to long for this m.2 slot on this mobo, and if it did fit am i right in saying fitting it would disable the bottom two PCI-e slots, which would be no good to me as i have sli enabled with two gpus thanks.
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Samsung 256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 950 PRO SSD SM950 Solid State Drive
Samsung 256GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 950 PRO SSD SM950 Solid State Drive