This Samsung SSD Runs At A Blistering 3000MB/s

If you think your SSD is speedy, think again: this new Samsung SSD is capable of reading data at a frankly obscene 3000MB/s.

Sadly, there are some caveats. First up, it won't run with a normal SATA-6 port — instead, it requires a PCIe hook-up. Second, it's actually intended for enterprise customers. But hey, we all do business, right? Right.

While prices currently aren't known, the obvious downside to it being enterprise-only for now is that it will be super, super expensive, even if you do manage to lay your hands on one. If you do manage to get one, it will come in either 400GB, 800GB and 1.6TB flavour. And then you can sit and transfer files and goggle at the progress bar zipping by. Then do it again. And again. And... [Engadget]


    oh hell yeah! Can't wait till these are affordable.

    And write speeds?

      If Samsung's previous attempts at an SSD is anything to go by, probably abysmal. Too early to tell I guess, could be amazing, could not be, too hard to tell with a complete lack of information about it at the moment.

    Isn't it any wonder that Apple has gone back to Samsung for parts. They make the best.

      No they don't. I'm not sure about their server parts, but in terms of consumer SSD's, Samsung is pretty terrible.

        What makes you say that? I have been looking at getting a SSD and the Samsung 840s seem to be consistently getting positive reviews.

          I have 3 PCs all with SSDs, an intel 330, samsung 830 and OCZ Vortex (not sure of the model sorry) all of them have performed awesomely, however the Intel out performs on all the benches I've run. But the Sammy is by no mean "abysmal". I can assure you if you're going from mechanical to SSD you'll be very happy with a Sammy... or an intel, or a crucial, or OCZ or....

          Do you mean the 840 Pro series? Because the standard line is pretty poor, with 130Mb/s (for the 120GB model, competition is 500Mb+) write speeds and low IOPS, for only ~$5-10 less than the competition.

          The Pro series is alright-to-good for price/performance, but again it's only ~$5-10 less than the competition with a write speed of 340Mb/s for the 128GB model. The 256GB model is where it catches up in performance with a lower price.
          It's completely up to you though, any current SSD is going to be "fast", I guess the $5-10 diff really comes down to taste (I go a little overboard with performance expectations tbh).

          Also, be wary, I've seen benchmarks that incorrectly compare SSD's of different capacities which inaccurately compares the competition. No matter the brand, the higher the storage capacity, the higher the performance. You can't compare a 120GB brand X to a 240GB brand Y, the 240 will have higher specs all around.

          But this is all from my research. I could be wrong!

            i understand what your saying

            but from what ive seen, (keeping in mind i only look at 512gb drives these days) at this level anything above 340mb/s with relatively high IOPS is sufficient as you wouldnt really notice the difference outside of filetransfer

            my question below was really more about failure rates.

            I would rather an average speed SSD that one than fails alot *cough* OCZ* cough*

            I need to buy a basic ssd for family who are basic users, but who will appreciate the improvement in speed

            I want reliability without Intel price, to save me tech support headaches

            Last edited 22/07/13 3:15 pm

              Oh sorry, in that case Sammy is fine as far as I know. I haven't heard anything bad about their reliability, plus they come with a 3 year warranty, which is pretty good for a system SSD given their frequent use.

              Last edited 22/07/13 3:44 pm

        please explain
        about to buy a samsung ssd after reading greatly positive reviews

        Hey Jacrench - its not that i doubt what your saying - but could you please provide some support for your claims - we use Samsung SSDs the 840 Pros for work with the understanding that they are up there with the Intels (which i also believe to be great products.) thanks in advance.

    1.6 TB SSD....

    Now that would cost a few $k...

    Good to see SSD's are getting cheaper, bigger and faster :)

    So essentially this isn't an SSD. It's a giant RAM disk?

      No, it connects to the same PCIe port as a graphics card, for example. RAM connects to an entirely different part of the motherboard. This is a SD, because it is used for storage and booting (possibly, I don't know if it is possible to boot from a PCIe SSD)

        PCIe SSD's are typically made using DRAM, so you're both right. Whether this Samsung one is made this way I'm not sure.

          Er, what? SSD is not the same as DRAM. You cannot make an SSD using DRAM.

          SSD stores a charge, DRAM needs power to be refreshed constantly. Yes, it can be battery backed, but that is not at all the same thing.

            You can in fact make an SSD using DRAM, and has been done before. Gigabyte i-RAM for one. While that's usually considered a RAM-Disk when using the system's RAM for such purposes, it's functionally no different to an SSD when used in this way, hence marketed as an SSD.

              With the obvious exception that it is not persistent without power. Disparity between marketing and reality strikes again!

                And how does that make it not an SSD?

                  Technically I suppose an SSD can be made using RAM due to there being no moving parts?
                  Although could it be argued that RAM isn't 'solid-state' because it loses it's memory when current is removed?

                  Either way, I'd still prefer to call storage that only uses RAM a 'RAMdrive' since it separates the two.

        I was aware of that. But I think I remember seeing this thing that plugged into the PCIe 16x slot with a whole heap of RAM modules. I assumed this would work the same way...?

        But thanks for the clarifications, anyway!

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