First 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD – SM961 Shipping Next Week

Posted by at 1:13 pm on June 20, 2016

Samsung 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD SM961

Rod Bland, CEO and Upgrade Evangelist of RamCity, revealed that a shipment of Samsung SM961 1TB SSDs are en route to his company. The SM961 is faster than the previous generation SM951 and retail 950 Pro. The new OEM-targeted NVMe SSD uses a new controller that should produce less heat, a move aimed at reducing thermal throttle conditions. The Polaris controller boosts V-NAND performance up to 3,200 MB/s (sequential read) and up to 450,000 random read IOPS at queue depth 32.

The SM961 will ship in four capacity sizes, but we don’t expect to see the small 128GB used outside of the OEM and system integrator market. RamCity plans to carry the 256GB, 512GB and 1TB drives. We learned the initial pricing details and found a presale page for the SM961 1TB.

Product SM961 128GB SM961 256GB SM961 512GB SM961 1TB
Pricing NA $159 $280 $512
Controller Samsung Polaris Samsung Polaris Samsung Polaris Samsung Polaris
DRAM Samsung LPDDR3 Samsung LPDDR3 Samsung LPDDR3 Samsung LPDDR3
Flash Samsung MLC V-NAND Samsung MLC V-NAND Samsung MLC V-NAND Samsung MLC V-NAND
Sequential Read 3100 MB/s 3100 MB/s 3200 MB/s 3200 MB/s
Sequential Write 700 MB/s 1400 MB/s 1700 MB/s 1800 MB/s
Random Read 330,000 IOPS 330,000 IOPS 330,000 IOPS 450,000 IOPS
Random Write 170,000 IOPS 280,000 IOPS 300,000 IOPS 320,000 IOPS
Warranty Varies By Reseller Varies By Reseller
3-Years From RamCity
Varies By Reseller
3-Years From RamCity
Varies By Reseller
3-Years From RamCity

The main thing that stands is the pricing. The SM961 costs less than the Samsung 950 Pro 256GB and 512GB. The large 1TB model is unrivaled in the NVMe M.2 form factor. The drive sells for half of the price of Intel’s SSD 750 1.2TB. The pricing listed above comes from RamCity and was listed in USD.

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