Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive

PCI Express - 2.15 GB/s Maximum Read Transfer Rate - 900 MB/s Maximum Write Transfer Rate - M.2 2280 - 1 Pack - 256-bit Encryption Standard - View Complete Details

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Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive - About This Product
The Samsung 950 PRO NVMe SSD delivers uncompromising power and performance. Now, equipped with the enhanced bandwidth of the NVMe interface, the 950 PRO is ideal for intensive workloads while remaining extremely energy efficient at peak workloads. Presented in a compact M.2 form factor, the 950 PRO is the perfect solution for consumers or professionals looking for the ultimate in SSD performance and reliability.

Maximize endurance under heavy workloads

The innovative V-NAND technology in the 950 PRO increases endurance and prolongs the lifespan with insulators that cause less stress and are more resistant to wear under heavy client workloads when compared to Planar NAND over a 5-year period. 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.

Save power while maintaining peak performance

The 950 PRO is more power efficient, so your battery will last longer and maintain superior performance levels over a longer period to time compared to SATA SSD.

Experience a next-generation SSD today

Equipped with the enhanced bandwidth of the NVMe interface, the 950 PRO is ideal for intensive workloads, such as computer-aided design, data analysis and engineering simulations. It outperforms SATA SSDs in sequential read and write speeds, delivering the speeds of 2,200MB/s and 900MB/s respectively.

Level up to unmatched performance, power efficiency and endurance

This cutting-edge V-NAND-based NVMe SSD supports PCI Express Gen 3 x4 lanes, providing a 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.

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Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive
 
4.7

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (12)
  • Fast (11)
  • Lightweight (11)
  • Blazing fast (3)
  • Easy to install (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Absolutely amazing!

This SSD is like nothing else. It blows away all SATA SSD's in terms of speed. It's also nice that it is small and mounts directly to the motherboard so it is out of...Read complete review

This SSD is like nothing else. It blows away all SATA SSD's in terms of speed. It's also nice that it is small and mounts directly to the motherboard so it is out of the way. I run 2 of them in a RAID 0 configuration as my boot drive for Windows 10. Waking from sleep and cold boots are extremely fast, like under 3 seconds fast. Hibernation is also really fast. This can be slow on other drives as it takes a while to store the current state of your machine on disk, but with these SSD's it's 5-10 seconds. Write speeds are 3GB/s and read speeds are around 3.5GB/s with 2 of these in RAID 0. And yes, that is gigaBYTES, not bits per second. This is actually approaching the max bandwidth of the DMI link (3.93 GB/s) between the CPU and the chipset. It is mind-blowing how fast these are. I've always had Samsung SSD's for the past 5 or 6 years and have always considered them to make the best SSD's on the market. The 950 Pro shows that they are still on top and don't plan on going anywhere anytime soon. They are on the pricey side of SSD's, but you definitely pay for the performance with these and they are worth the price. They are currently the fastest SSD's in the world! The only complaint I have with them, and it is more of an annoyance than anything else, as another reviewer stated the labels are upside down compared to the pictures on the site. This means the labels are also upside down once installed on most motherboards.

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drivers do not install. Magician software says that drive is not Samsung's

I have Dell Precision 7510 bought m.2 NVMe 950 PRO. installed into the laptop used Samsung data migration to copy windows to 950 PRO all worked well now I have only 950 PRO as...Read complete review

I have Dell Precision 7510 bought m.2 NVMe 950 PRO. installed into the laptop used Samsung data migration to copy windows to 950 PRO all worked well now I have only 950 PRO as the only drive system boots, loads and works fine, disk management shows that my drive is "NVMe Samsung SSD 950"" when trying to install "Samsung NVM Express Driver 1.1" got this error "Samsung NVM Express device is not connected" and Magician says that my drive is "aSsmnu gSS D50 0RP O52G6 B(0.00 GB)" does not allow to do anything but run benchmark tests sRead 1573 MBs sWrite 845 MBs rRead 108179 IOPS rWrite 41725 IOPS

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5.0

Amazing Product

By 

from Undisclosed

Pros

  • speed

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

      This is an amazing SSD, performance for value is worth every penny. I am amazed at how well windows runs on this SSD, no hiccups and its very fast. Worth every penny for sure. No issues yet and is very easy to install. The motherboard recognized it no problem.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Easy Install with no driver hassles

      By 

      from Texas

      Pros

      • Durable
      • simple install and user startup

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

          Installed this Samsung 950 512GB memory card on a RamPage V Edition 10 mobo. Real simple. Keep your grounding wrist-strap handy, and use common-sense handling care when inserting. Really nice & compact! Using it for my boot drive with WIN10 OS. Self-installed, no driver headaches. This was on a new WIN10 install, and I made sure there were no other drives whatsoever in the system (at least until the initial 950 installation was complete). BIOS Boot assignment configurations are not always reliable, depending on how many times the system POST's. This card, in an M.2 slot, is THE best place, mainly because the back-end of any newer GPU these days, dropped in the X16/X8 slot, extends well over the M.2 bed. This precludes any K.2 connector in this space (why would you want to do this?). If you have PCIe slots available, it would be far better to add K.2 memory using a Funtin NVMe SSD adapter card (FF-8639), and (except for power) forget the cables! This is what I did, although the Intel 750's require grueling drive-software installation. Overall the 950 is sweet.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The Best Ever For The Price!!!!

          By 

          from Warner Robins, GA, USA

          Pros

          • best for gaming
          • best for rendering video
          • blazing fast
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • price

          Best Uses

            Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

            I am a Huge tech geek and now have a Samsung pro 950 in my 4k Gaming Laptop as well as in my gtx 1080 gaming desktop. these things are amazingly fast. if i could justify the price I would raid 0, but the 960's just came out a few days ago so when the 2TB drives come down a little i will definitely love to grab a few of those for upgrades. SAMSUNG rocks. They are simply the best.

             
            5.0

            950 Pro M.2 NVM Express

            By 

            from Missouri, USA

            Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

            Super fast! easy to install. always remember to install driver! works well!

             
            5.0

            FAST!

            By 

            from Colorado

            Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

            My old desktop I built lasted 10 years and is still running, but it is definitely showing signs of it age. Apps take a while before they open, shutdown and restarts take forever so I decided it was time to re-task it as a home server and to build a new system for everyday use. My new Debian Jessie system now boots in 5 seconds! Even LibreOffice opens in about a 1/3 of a second. Take the plunge you will not regret it!

             
            5.0

            this product has great

            By 

            from Blue Springs MO, USA

            Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

            I used first one before when I built my own system, so I upgrde to my wife PC her motherboard did not have slot support, I put by PCIe card , installed very good and stable performance

             
            5.0

            Phenomenal performance!!

            By 

            from Phenix City, AL, USA

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Inexpensive

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

                This is the absolute king of personal performance storage.

                 
                5.0

                Awesome

                By 

                from Shenandoah, IA 51601, USA

                Pros

                • fast
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

                    Amazing speeds, easy to use. Little pricey for the higher storage.

                     
                    5.0

                    Amazing SSD!

                    By 

                    from Fairless Hills, PA, USA

                    Pros

                    • excellent storage
                    • fast
                    • reliable

                    Cons

                    • expensive
                    • needs a software add-on

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

                      The new NVMe SSDs are mind-blowingly fast! I love it, the 512GB is a great amount of storage as well. However I would like some software to play with settings and its definitely a bit pricey. But it is TOP of the line. So glad I spent the extra money to make my first build that much better! :)

                       
                      5.0

                      Performance in a small package

                      By 

                      from Coast of Oregon

                      Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

                      I am pretty darn happy with my purchase. I have my OS installed to this drive and programs installed to a Raid0 850 Evo 250GB x 2 drive. Running Striped SSD's is not a huge improve but it does help with program load times. However, the speed is still nothing compared to the 950 Pro. I wish I would have saved a little longer and bought the 512 GB version. I would have been able to install more games to it if I had. This drive is installed in an Asus X99-A, Intel i7 5930K @ 4500Hz, G.Skill Ripjaw 4 3000 (F4-3000C15Q-16GRK). Things happen pretty quickly on this PC. I would like to see a little more support from Magician for the 950 Pro. Not a deal breaker though. Samsung seriously has the edge on SSD's and Smart Phones. Samsung is also very good with customer support. This in itself makes me a fan. If a company stands behind their products they deserve my business.

                       
                      5.0

                      Amazed at Samsung's 950 PRO M.2

                      By 

                      from Kalispell, Montana, USA

                      Pros

                      • performance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

                          This will be my 2nd Samsung 950 PRO M.2 SSD in my current computer build. These M.2s are, without a doubt, the "KEY" to the amazing power of my computer. The 2 M.2s are complimented with 2 850 PROs and 3 850 EVO SSDs. There are no standard HHDs in this build and Samsung is the heart it all. Thank you Samsung! JRRoberts

                           
                          5.0

                          One word "Awsome"

                          By 

                          from Sioux Falls

                          Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

                          Cant wait to buy a second one and raid 0 them for Blazing Speed

                           
                          5.0

                          Awesome performance

                          By 

                          from Maine, USA

                          Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

                          To begin, the ordering itself went well. I received the item Samsung 950 pro 256gb ssd on time, Its working great !! I love it! I actually bought it to put in my new computer alongside a Samsung 850 evo ssd 500 gb. So I wanted to say thank you very much for your awesome service and a great product ! Brent happy customer

                           
                          5.0

                          950 Pro SSD

                          By 

                          from Undisclosed

                          Pros

                          • Durable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

                              Solid and fast SSD, currently downloading the software to make it work with my Gigabyte Motherboard.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great product

                              By 

                              from Indiana, USA

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • getting 800 mbs read and write even on a m.2 gen2
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • wish they were just a little bit cheaper

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

                                Getting 800 MBs read and write even on a m.2 gen 2 x2 slot .did a amd build so no boards available with m.2 gen 3 x 4 slot. Only have to make sure they have a bios update for your board to add support for name.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                SAMSUNG 950 PRO 512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIE

                                By 

                                from Arizona

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

                                    This is the fastest M.2 PCIE Drive Made! Hands Down!

                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Absolutely amazing!

                                    By 

                                    from Houston, TX, USA

                                    Pros

                                    • blazing fast
                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • small

                                    Cons

                                    • label is upside down
                                    • pricey

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

                                      This SSD is like nothing else. It blows away all SATA SSD's in terms of speed. It's also nice that it is small and mounts directly to the motherboard so it is out of the way. I run 2 of them in a RAID 0 configuration as my boot drive for Windows 10. Waking from sleep and cold boots are extremely fast, like under 3 seconds fast. Hibernation is also really fast. This can be slow on other drives as it takes a while to store the current state of your machine on disk, but with these SSD's it's 5-10 seconds. Write speeds are 3GB/s and read speeds are around 3.5GB/s with 2 of these in RAID 0. And yes, that is gigaBYTES, not bits per second. This is actually approaching the max bandwidth of the DMI link (3.93 GB/s) between the CPU and the chipset. It is mind-blowing how fast these are. I've always had Samsung SSD's for the past 5 or 6 years and have always considered them to make the best SSD's on the market. The 950 Pro shows that they are still on top and don't plan on going anywhere anytime soon. They are on the pricey side of SSD's, but you definitely pay for the performance with these and they are worth the price. They are currently the fastest SSD's in the world! The only complaint I have with them, and it is more of an annoyance than anything else, as another reviewer stated the labels are upside down compared to the pictures on the site. This means the labels are also upside down once installed on most motherboards.

                                      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      1.0

                                      Can not get the advertised speeds.

                                      By 

                                      from Undisclosed

                                      Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

                                      The Random IOPS speeds I am getting on the Samsung 950 pro are about half of what is advertised. My random Write IOPS on the Samsung 950 Pro is half as fast as what i am getting on the 850 Evo. Very disappointed. And my motherboard is fully compatible with this drive and was bought especially with this drive in mind.

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      samsung 950 pro

                                      By 

                                      from Undisclosed

                                      Pros

                                      • fast

                                      Cons

                                      • price
                                      • warm

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

                                        Great drive speed. Works well with z170 board as boot dive. Runs a little warm. High price tag. I would recommend it to someone who wants the fastest storage around.

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Configuring device and OS migration was tricky; performance is excellent

                                        By 

                                        from Undisclosed

                                        Comments about Samsung 950 PRO 256 GB Internal Solid State Drive:

                                        Installed this SSD on a Gigabyte G1.Sniper z170 motherboard that came with onboard M.2 connector. Win 10 detects SSD but you have to setup SSD under Disk Manager (i.e. create partition and format). Need to download and install Samsung SSD driver from Samsung website (for best performance). Downloaded data migration software from Samsung website as my Acronis disk cloning software would not work (problem with initializing device that I think was due to possible hardware conflict with my SATA port 0 Intel SSD). Data migration software was confusing, it clones source disk to target disk but it says it will not clone files that are open (meaning open data files, so you have to close them). I was able to successfully clone the disk (from my source Intel SSD to target Samsung SSD) and create a bootable Samsung SSD.

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