|Item model number||MZ-V5P512BW|
|Item Weight||0.32 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3.16 x 0.09 x 0.87 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||3.16 x 0.09 x 0.87 inches|
|Computer Memory Type||SDRAM|
|Flash Memory Size||512 GB|
|Manufacturer||Samsung Memory Test|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||October 22, 2015|
Samsung 950 PRO Series - 512GB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V5P512BW)
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- Next Generation M.2 SSD Based on NVMe Protocol (PCIe, Gen. 3, x4), Ideal for Intensive Workloads, Maximum Performance & Endurance
- Ultra-fast Sequential Read/Write Performance: Up to 2,500MB/s and 1,500MB/s Respectively. Random Read/Write IOPS Performance : Up to 300K and 110K Respectively*
- Ultimate Performance, Reliability, & Efficient Power Management Powered by Samsung V-NAND Technology and a 5-Year Limited Warranty
- Included Contents: NVMe M.2 (2280) SSD & User Manual (All Other Cables, Screws, Brackets Not Included).
- Free download of Samsung Data Migration and Magician software available for easy installation and SSD management
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950 PRO (512 GB)
What's in the Box:
- Samsung 950 PRO SSD
- Samsung Magician Software
Samsung 950 PRO (512 GB)
Ideal for consumers and professionals who use the most demanding applications, the Samsung 950 PRO SSD boosts your PC's endurance, performance, and efficiency. The 950 PRO features V-NAND technology and NVMe interface, so it can handle intensive workloads while remaining extremely energy efficient. Presented in a compact M.2 form factor, the Samsung 950 PRO offers ultra-fast sequential read and write speeds and ample storage capacity of 512 GB.
At a Glance:
- V-NAND technology enhances performance and efficiency
- NVMe interface for extremely fast read/write speeds
- PCIe Gen 3 supports high-speed data transfer
- Energy-efficient design for long battery life
- Dynamic Thermal Throttling Protection reduces overheating
- Slim M.2 form factor
V-NAND Technology Maximizes Endurance under Intensive Workloads
The 950 PRO SSD features Samsung 3D vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology that stacks cell layers on top of one another to increase density, performance, and efficiency while creating a smaller footprint. When compared with the conventional Planar NAND technology over a five-year period,* V-NAND technology increases endurance and prolongs lifespan with insulators that cause less stress and are more resistant to wear under heavy client workloads.
Dynamic Thermal Throttling Protection Technology Reduces Overheating
The 950 PRO also features Dynamic Thermal Throttling Protection technology, which controls the temperature of the device to reduce overheating and maintain a high level of sustained performance.
Efficient Power Management for Improved Battery Life
The 950 PRO is up to 1.5 times** more power efficient than the 850 PRO, so your battery will last longer. This means you can work and play on your PC for longer periods of time.
Ultra-Fast Sequential Read/Write Speeds with NVMe Interface
The Samsung 950 PRO features the NVMe interface with substantially enhanced bandwidth, so you can quickly access critical data. The 950 PRO delivers sequential read and write speeds of up to 2,500 MB/s and 1,500 MB/s respectively.*** This makes the 950 PRO ideal for demanding applications such as gaming, graphic design, computer-aided design, data analysis, and engineering simulations. The Samsung 950 PRO SSD is available in both 256GB & 512 GB of capacity,**** so you will have plenty of room for all your data.
PCI Express for High-Speed Data Transfer
This NVMe SSD supports PCI Express***** Gen 3x4 lanes, offering higher bandwidth and lower latency to process significantly more data than SATA SSDs.****** Presented in a compact M.2 form factor, the next-generation 950 PRO is ideal for professionals using high-end PCs and workstations.
|950 PRO SSD (256 GB)||950 PRO (512 GB)|
|Capacity||256 GB||512 GB|
|Type of Drive||Solid State Drive (SSD)||Solid State Drive (SSD)|
|Form Factor||M.2 (2280)||M.2 (2280)|
|Interface||PCIe 3.0 x4 (up to 32 Gb/s) NVMe 1.1||PCIe 3.0 x4 (up to 32 Gb/s) NVMe 1.1|
|Random Read Speeds||Up to 270,000 IOPS||Up to 300,000 IOPS|
|Sequential Read Speeds||Up to 2,200 MB/sec||Up to 2,500 MB/sec|
|Sequential Write Speeds||Up to 900 MB/sec||Up to 1,500 MB/sec|
|Controller||Samsung UBX controller||Samsung UBX controller|
|Type of NAND Flash||Samsung V-NAND||Samsung V-NAND|
|Included software||Magician Software for SSD management||Magician Software for SSD management|
* 5 years or TBW (256 GB: 200 TB, 512 GB: 400 TB), whichever comes faster.
**Based on internal 10 GB file power consumption tests using a 512 GB capacity 850 PRO and 950 PRO. Results may vary based on the user environment.
***Performance may vary based on system hardware and configuration.
****Actual usable capacity may be less (due to formatting, partitioning, operating system, applications, or otherwise).
*****PCI Express and PCIe are registered trademarks of PCI-SIG.
******This reflects the maximum performance of 950 PRO compared to 850 EVO M.2.
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|Data Transfer Rate||32 Gb per second||3500 Mb per second||3938 Mb per second||2280 Gb per second||78 Gb per second||8 Gb per second|
|Device Type||Solid State Drives||Solid State Drive, Solid State Drive||Internal Solid State Drive||Internal Solid State Drive||Internal Solid State Drive||Solid State Drive, Internal Drive|
|Digital Storage Capacity||512.0 GB||1 TB||500 GB||512 GB||1 TB||500 GB|
|Hard Disk Form Factor||2.00 inches||—||3.50 inches||3.50 inches||2.50 inches||—|
|Hardware Interface||PCIE x 4||PCI Express x4||Solid State Drive||SATA 3.0 Gb/s||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||PCIE x 4|
|Hardware Platform||PC||PC||—||PC||PC, Mac||PC, Mac, Linux|
|Item Dimensions||3.16 x 0.09 x 0.87 inches||0.87 x 0.90 x 3.15 inches||0.87 x 3.15 x 0.90 inches||0.87 x 3.15 x 0.90 inches||3.94 x 2.76 x 0.27 inches||3.15 x 0.87 x 0.09 inches|
|Item Weight||0.32 ounces||1.92 ounces||1.92 ounces||1.92 ounces||1.80 ounces||0.25 ounces|
The next-generation Samsung 950 PRO delivers uncompromising power and performance. Equipped with the enhanced bandwidth of the NVMe interface, the 950 PRO is ideal for intensive workloads while remaining extremely energy efficient consuming just 5.7 W at peak workloads. Presented in a compact M.2 form factor, the 950 PRO is ideal for consumer professionals using high-end PCs and workstations.
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The BIOS recognized the drive immediately, even without updating it, and I was able to Install Windows 10 and use it as my Boot/OS drive. (My BIOS was from September 2015, I still updated it later but the drive worked right away without any bios updates). The BIOS had to bet set to Boot Manager, not the drive itself to boot windows. I wanted a fresh install as I was changing PC. I don't know if you could clone a regular SSD to the M.2, probably you can do that as well if you don't want to reinstall.
Boy that is a nice little beast. On sequential reads, it's about 5 times faster than my Samsung SSD, and 3 times on writes.
Note that you will need 4 PCI-E lanes for your M.2 slot, so make sure you check your motherboard chipset/cpu specs if you want to take full advantage of it. My motherboard has 16 PCI-e Lanes that I use for 2 graphic cards in SLI, and and the M.2 uses the other 4. It's a bit technical for me at this point but I'm guessing the rest of the peripherals are using the chipset lanes (DMI 3?). Anyway I'm getting 4x full speed. So no issues here, as shown in the benchmark screenshot.
- Intel 6700k CPU (o/c to 4.4 Ghz)
- Asus Maximus Viii Hero motherboard
- EVGA Hybrid 980 Ti x2 SLI
- 512 GB Samsung m.2 950
- 3 x Samsung 850 EVO 1TB in Raid-0
- Corsair Dominator Platinum 32 GB DDR4 2666
- Corsair AX1200i power supply
- Corsair H110i GTX Cooler
- Corsair Obsidian 750D Case
PROS: I'm getting over 2500mb/s write!! (2590)
Easy to install
This thing is smoking Fassssst!
About the size of a stick of gum
CONS: The drive is listed at 512Gb, but only 476Gb of that is usable. However, the magician software from Samsung allows you to change this, but its not recommended...
It would have been nice to get a cool badge with it for your case....
Final thoughts: Make sure you have enough lanes to support all your video cards and this drive if you also using the adapter. On some mobo's if you enable Pciex4 on a specific slot, you may be losing lanes elsewhere. Which would cause your totaling expensive video card or cards to throttle back or stop working. So heads up! DO YOUR RESEARCH!!!
Here is the link to the adapter if you need it.
Lycom DT-120 M.2 PCIe to PCIe 3.0 x4 Adapter (Support M.2 PCIe 2280, 2260, 2242)
I couldn't be happier!!
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I purchased this SSD to replace my older 256 M.2 SSD and what a difference it has made. The 4K speed of this drive is beyond comprehension. Even though this drive was replacing an existing M.2 SSD the difference was mindblowing.
My productivity has increased exponentially due to the 950 Pros ability to read and write faster than even I expected. My old drive (that this replaced) was also incredibly fast, and in all fairness was no slouch at most tasks, however 4K read/write speeds are incredibly important for an SSD and often overlooked, and this is where the 950 truly comes alive and stretches its legs. Because of its incredible ability to fetch small / random chunks of data at speeds that dwarf my previous drive, I have seen an insurmountable increase in productivity in my day to day tasks.
Boot times have been reduced substantially, however (and more importantly) editing, photoshop, application installations, gaming etc have all received outstanding improvements / boosts in performance etc that over a period of weeks, I end up saving hours of time. For me this is truly a game changer as I find that im finishing my work tasks slightly quicker than ever before which gives me more time to enjoy some gaming or movie watching.
The reliability and stability of 950 are both major selling points too, so if you need reliability / stability (as well as speed), then the 950 is the right choice.
If you are looking for a fast, reliable, secure storage device for your PC then look no further. This is the device you should buy!
Its small and takes up no space in your computer as it sits on the motherboard. Had no issues with the temperature.
Installed windows 10 simple on asus viii hero z170 mobo.
Samsung recommends using over provisioning with there samsung magician software which takes away 10% of the storage on the 512GB model it was roughly 47GB so youve lost a good proportion of your space straight away. It is said to prolong life of the device and also help performance. Time will tell.
Its expensive i cant really recommend it for someone who mainly games with it unless you dont mind spending ur money.
Boots up the system practically instantly. It's so speedy that the utilisation is under 1% of utilisation when booting, and it doesn't register on task manager unless you look at the graph on the 'performance' tab. I've honestly never seen it utilised at anywhere near 100%. It moves data faster than my network, shown by a graph when downloading from Steam, and I can't really find a method of testing it under full load... There's nothing fast enough to use it 100% on my PC, lol.
There's also the fact that it is solid state and totally silent. I'm wondering if you can run these in RAID 0? I think it may slow down the data, though, as it may approach light speed and slow down time and space itself.
FYI, I'm using the M.2 (PCIe NVMe) socket on my Gigabyte, 990X-Gaming motherboard.
However, Samsung's data migration software made the upgrade seemless enough and installation was easy, with no BIOS update or needing to fiddle with settings on the Asus Z170 Deluxe.
Overall, it was a good purchase, The 1tb 850 evo might be better value if you don't need the speed as it is really not noticeable in everyday tasks.
However the main benefit is consistency under heavy load, for me that is running multiple VMs with moderate disk i/o, development (compilation) and loading larger apps (i.e. games).
The older SM951 NVMe (be cautious of the AHCI and lowe bandwidth varients) which I also have is the better value part, and the newer SM961 when released looks like it will be better value so I would advise one of those two unless there is a significant price drop.
A lot of the reviews and discussions I had read mentioned that for a normal user, you would not see much of an improvement from a standard SSD drive. But they are wrong! I'm a big PC gamer.. I have noticed much improved loading screens for all my games. Most noticeably with The Witcher 3, all loading screens have more than halved.
Also the boot into Windows from power on, if set correctly in the BIOS, is super fast. Literally 5 secs from pushing the button and where in business!
About the speed... well it's incredibly fast (I notice this when I transfer files but not much in windows or games performance, not even in charging times).
I love it!
Just make sure your motherboard has a slot for it, or purchase a PCIe adaptor.
If you want to boot from it and have issues, contact your motherboard company, easily sorted I am sure.
I fitted mine too an Asus Z170 pro, worked out of the box.