Update (7/8 noon): Official retail prices are as follows: 128GB $129.99, 256GB $199.99, 512GB $399.99, and 1TB $699.99.
Update (7/2 9:30am): Now available for pre-order from Amazon with an estimated ship date of 7/21.
Samsung has officially announced its newest high-end Solid State Drive lineup. The 850 PRO Series features Samsung’s proprietary V-NAND technology, which Samsung believes is “the biggest technology shift in 30 years of the memory industry.”
Samsung supports this claim by explaining that V-NAND allows it to overcome “the density limit currently facing planar NAND architecture used in conventional flash memory, yielding significant speed, endurance and energy efficiency improvements.”
Here’s a video that should help clarify exactly what this technology does…
It features “read performance reaches up to 550 megabytes per second (MB/s), with write performance of up to 520MB/s. Random read performance is up to 100,000 input/output operations-per-second (IOPS), with write speeds of up to 90,000 IOPS.”
The new 850 PRO is scheduled to ship later this month and is available in the following capacities: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. While the stated MSRPS range from $169.99 to $799.99, Newegg is currently offering up to 24% off with prices starting at just $129.99 shipped.
If you don’t need this much power then we highly recommend checking out the 840 EVO Series SSDs that currently start at $79.49 and have scored a near-perfect rating from Amazon reviewers. It’s also worth checking out the 840 PRO series drives for discounted previous generation pricing.
Video teaser and full press release follows:
SEOUL, South Korea – July 1, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today launched the 850 PRO, a new solid state drive (SSD) line-up featuring Samsung’s cutting-edge three-dimensional (3D) vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory technology. The new Samsung 850 PRO, unveiled at the 2014 Samsung SSD Global Summit in Seoul, offers a new breed of performance for solid state drives and will be available globally across 53 markets from this month.
Based on Samsung’s proprietary V-NAND technology, the new 850 PRO is ideal for use in high-end PCs and workstations. Samsung’s V-NAND features a proprietary vertical cell structure and represents a breakthrough in overcoming the density limit currently facing planar NAND architecture used in conventional flash memory, yielding significant speed, endurance and energy efficiency improvements.
“With the new 850 PRO V-NAND SSD, Samsung is introducing the next major evolution of SSD technology, taking the lead in delivering high-density SSDs with outstanding endurance, performance and energy efficiency,” said Unsoo Kim, senior vice president of branded product marketing team at Samsung Electronics. “We are fully committed to establishing an innovative computing environment by providing customers with leading-edge V-NAND SSDs with unrivaled performance.”
The Samsung 850 PRO delivers blazing-fast speeds and exceptional endurance, offering the highest level of performance among SSDs using the SATA III (6Gb/s) interface. Its sequential read performance reaches up to 550 megabytes per second (MB/s), with write performance of up to 520MB/s. Random read performance is up to 100,000 input/output operations-per-second (IOPS), with write speeds of up to 90,000 IOPS.
The drive also offers a Dynamic Thermal Guard feature, which maintains ambient temperature while operating and prevents potential data loss from overheating.
The Samsung 850 PRO will be available in 128 gigabyte (GB), 256GB, 512GB and 1 terabyte (TB) storage capacities.
With the accelerating consumer adoption of SSDs, Samsung anticipates that its new V-NAND SSDs will add to the growth of the branded SSD market with its outstanding performance.
According to the April 4, 2014, “Gartner Forecast Analysis: NAND, Worldwide, 1Q14 Update”, the global SSD market is expected to rapidly increase from US $11.04 billion in revenues in 2013 to approximately US $14.47 billion in 2014 and US $23.54 billion in 2017.
For more information, please visit www.samsung.com/850pro