Samsung updates NVMe lineup with 2TB 960 Pro and mainstream 960 Evo option

Korean semiconductor giant touts 3,500MBps performance of 960 Pro lineup, while 960 Evo alternative only offers three years warranty.
Written by Chris Duckett, Contributor
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Samsung has updated its V-NAND M.2 solid-state drive (SSD) portfolio with the addition of two new products that support non-volatile memory express (NVMe) protocol: The 960 Pro, and the cheaper 960 Evo.

The larger 960 Pro arrives in 2TB, 1TB, and 512GB options and is able to attain maximum sequential read speed of 3,500MBps, and maximum sequential write speed of 2,100MBps.

By contrast, last year's 950 Pro clocked in at 2,500 MBps for sequential read and 1,500MBps for sequential write speeds.

After 12 months without an Evo option, the 960 Evo offers read and write speeds that are 300MBps slower than the 960 Pro, and is offered in sizes of 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB.

While the 960 Pro maintains a five-year warranty with up to 1.2 petabytes written for the 2TB drive, the 960 Evo only offers a three-year, 400 terabytes written warranty for its 1TB drive.

The 950 Pro had a five-year warranty with up to 400 terabytes written for the 512GB drive.

Samsung said the new 960 drivers will be available globally from October, with pricing set to start at $330 for the 512GB 960 Pro, and $130 for the 250GB Evo drive.

In the company's latest set of quarterly results, the semiconductor division posted operating profits of 2.64 trillion won, a decline from the 3.87 trillion won posted for the second quarter last year.

Samsung said profits will continue to increase in the second half backed by higher density NANDs and its "mature" 20-nanometer DRAMs.

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