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Samsung's new PCIe SSD drives spotted at CES 2015

By Vijay Anand - on 8 Jan 2015, 11:29pm

Samsung's new PCIe SSD drives spotted at CES 2015

Samsung's premium PCIe based SSD solution, the SM1715 (HHHL).

As the SATA interface connectivity is fast becoming a bottleneck, more than ever now, enthusiasts and enterprise customers are looking for ever faster options and Samsung has showcased them at CES 2015.

Shown above, this is the SM1715 (HHHL) PCIe based drive that was announced in October 2014, but seeing it in the 'flesh' assures us that it will soon be available. This drive will come in three capacity points of 800GB, 1.6TB and 3.2TB. At these capacity options, they are more then suitable to replace traditional HDDs if cost isn't going to be an issue. Using the the new NVMe protocol, developed expressly for high-speed PCIe-based SSDs, and 3D V-NAND flash technology, the end result is that the new SM1715 will feature read and write speeds in the region of 3GB/s and 2.2GB/s respectively - far surpassing any SATA-based SSD. Random read and write operations are expected to be in the region of 750k IOPS and 130k IOPS respectively. Since this is a more enterprise oriented drive, it will come with power-loss protection, and come with a 5-year warranty.

Need a super speedy drive in a conventional form factor? The SM1715 comes in a 2.5-inch form as well, and retains all the specs of the PCIe card brother.

The drive is also available in a 2.5-inch form factor option and has the same name, SM1715 (2.5-inch). Drive capacity options, rated speed and everything else about the PCIe card version are identical in this 2.5-inch variant.

The SM953 is your latest option for an M.2 based drive from Samsung, though it's not as fast as the above shown options.

But what if you're building a really compact system and you need to get a fast drive in the most compact form factor possible? That job falls to the SM953, a new M.2 form factor drive which takes advantage of the PCIe bus as well. Flash memory technology used is unfortunately not the latest 3D V-NAND, but standard MCL NAND. As a result, read and write speeds are in the region of 1.75GB/s and 0.75GB/s respectively - still plenty fast than most SSD options available currently. Random read and write operations are rated to be in the region of 250k IOPS and 14k IOPS respectively. It will also feature power-loos protection and come with a 5-year warranty.

No word yet on local availability or price, but we hope to get some indication in the coming months as these new PCIe based SSD drives will soon be available in Korea and USA.