Samsung Breaks Performance Barriers with its New PCIe 3.0 SSD
Samsung has launched its latest SSD named the PCIe 3.0. Breaking the 2 Gbps performance barrier. The PCIe 3.0 solid state drive connects the storage directly to the PCI Express bus through the faster NVMe Standard instead of the slower SATA interface. The new PCIe SSD, which was launched during the CES, is extremely fast – faster than the so called "fast" SSDs you find in the latest laptops and ultra books today.
Replaces SATA with PCIe (M.2) interface
A number of SSDs had been introduced into the market last year, but none of them come close to the speeds that Samsung’s new SSD offers. This new SSD is going to be the next big thing for laptop and ultrabook manufacturers around the world, who want to offer the best performing devices to their clients.
That is right. The PCIe SSD will be four times faster than the SATA-based SSDs that you will find in a majority of laptops today. The device is expected to deliver a read speed of 2.15 GB per second and a write speed of around 1.55 GB per second, which is faster than the typical PCIe 2.0 speeds of 1.6 GB per second read speed and 1.35 GB per second write speed.
Lesser space occupancy
Another advantage of the new PCI-Express SSD from Samsung is that it is smaller and will occupy a lot lesser space internally. That means manufacturers can focus on creating thinner laptops that are preferred by people. During the launch, Samsung had emphasized that the SM951 was developed targeting ultra slim laptop and notebook manufacturers.
Low power consumption
Not only is the Samsung PCIe 3.0 SM951 SSD thin and fast, but it also consumes lesser power than the other SSDs in the market. It almost consumes no power when on standby mode – a mere 2 milliwatt of power is used by this SSD when the computer is on standby mode.
The new SSD from Samsung will first be available for manufacturers, as expected and will be made available in three sizes – 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB.
M.2 form factor
The SM951 PCIe 3.0 SSD has an M.2 form factor, which means it has four PCIe lanes and one SATA 3.0 port. But most of the motherboards today have only two PCIe lanes, which raises the question – will manufacturers consider diverting the limited PCIe lanes from graphics hardware to storage? Will the PCIe SM951 become the new M.2 standard?
Consumers would not be able to see the performance that the SSD promises until additional lanes and a dedicated PCIe 3.0 slot along with a secondary controller card is included in the laptops.