Samsung Preps Samsung 960 EVO M2 with Polaris Architecture

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And no, that's not a joke. Samsung will announce and release the Samsung 960 EVO series SSDs soon. The budget EVO models will be based the SM961 but uses 48-layer 3-bit per cell (TLC) flash. It is based on a Samsung Polaris controller, not to be confused with anything AMD, of course.

The Samsung PM961 based products thus are the 960 EVO, featuring similar components, that "Polaris" controller and then are fitted with 48-layer TLC 3D-VNAND chips. Samsung is to release the new model in capacities of 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB. Performance wise you'll get a smile on yuour face, it is tagged with sequential transfer rates of up to 3000 MB/s reads, with up to 1150 MB/s writes; 360,000 IOPS 4K random-read, and up to 280,000 IOPS 4K random-write.

The 960 EVO will become available likely next month in M.2 (NGFF-2280) and PCIe add-on card form-factors. These units obviously will require PCI-Express 3.0 with x4  lanes as the SSDs are using the the NVMe protocol.

ProductSamsung PM961
Pricing TBA
Controller Samsung Polaris
Protocol NVMe
Form Factor PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 Single-Sided 2280 
NAND Samsung 48-Layer TLC V-NAND
Available Capacity Sizes 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Sequential Read Up To 3,000 MB/s
Sequential Write Up To 1,150 MB/s
Random Read Up To 360,000 IOPS
Random Write Up To 280,000 IOPS
Endurance TBA
Warranty TBA

Samsung Preps Samsung 960 EVO M2 with Polaris Architecture

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