Samsung has been making excellent SSDs for a while now. In terms of new tech built into the drives, Samsung and Intel have had the most interesting tech. Intel with their optane technology and samsung with their 3D V-NAND chips. Buy Samsung seems to be ahead this time with a technology that can benefit everyone, from everyday consumers to datacenters.
The latest drives from Samsung focus on amazing speed, great durability and huge sizes. This makes them ideal for data centers.
They are not the usual M.2 type drive, instead they are a bit larger and they fit into special slots. They use PCIe 3.0 x4 slots and the form factor is called NF1. Everything about this drive sounds overkill. It uses 512GB NAND packages, 16 of them for 8TB total and potentially a 30TB coming soon. It uses the newest NVME protocol, has incredible speeds ( 3100MB read, 2000MB write). Amazing random read and write performance and for the 3 year warranty it can be written 1.3 times every day. This performance is partly due to the 12GB LPDDR4 memory on the chip used to accelerate speeds.
Already, the new 970 pro SSDs were the fastest consumer SSDs and for a great price. This shows that Samsung doesn’t plan to stop being the best SSD manufacturer for both consumers and data centers. With such speeds though, while big data applications and neural networks will certainly benefit i don’t know how much impact those speeds will have for gaming or everyday tasks. Although the durability is certainly nice to have.
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