Samsung has announced that it has commenced production of SM951 M.2 PCIE 3.0 SSD that is meant for ultrabooks and workstations. Compatible with both PCIe 3.0 and PCIe 2.0 interfaces, it is capable of reaching 2,150MB/s read and 1,550MB/s write speeds when using PCIe 3.0 or 1,600MB/s read and up to 1,350MB/s writes speeds when using PCIe 2.0.
This makes the Samsung SM951 atleast three times faster than the SSDs using SATA ports for data transfer. If you use PCIe 3.0 interface with this SSD, you will love how less power it consumes, around 450MB/s per watt for sequential reading and 250MB/s per watt for sequential writing.
What does this mean for you? Well it means that Samsung SM951 is 50 percent more efficient in terms of performance per watt over current slew of SSDs.
It is also the first solid state drive to feature L1.2 low power standby mode which allows high speed circuits to be turned off when your laptop is in sleep mode. Power consumption is vastly reduced to mere 2mW.
The Samsung PCIe SSDs will be manufactured using 10 nm technology and MLC-type NAND flash. The best part is that it comes in the 2280 M.2 form factor which is about 1/7 th size of 2.5 inch SSD. This will surely free up some space for other components on the motherboard.
January 10, 2015