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It stands to reason that the next generation of computers will be better than anything else before, and Samsung wants to be there before anyone else, blowing eyelids off with a fast new drive that runs faster than the blink of an eye.

This week, Samsung has taken the time to show off a new technology that will not only deliver faster data speeds, but also bring more storage to laptops.

The technology allowing Samsung to do just this is called “3D V-NAND”, and while that’s another tech term you don’t need to think about, it will afford device makers like Samsung the ability to provide your computer with faster speeds due to this being built into the storage where — as you can probably guess — all of your information is stored.

“Consumers and businesses alike can experience enterprise-quality performance and benefits such as speed, endurance and energy efficiency to support the most demanding applications,” said Un-Soo Kim, Senior Vice President of Branded Memory at Samsung Electronics.

Samsung's Un-Soo Kim

Samsung’s Un-Soo Kim

“Enterprise-quality performance”, what does this mean?

In enterprise environments, large businesses depend on lightning-like speeds between drives to make web sites and storage mechanisms go like the clappers, with these enterprise-grade systems usually employing extra memory, hyper fast processors, and several drives working together to make sure the computers are always working and always reliable.

At home, your computer is no less important, but its speed doesn’t necessarily have to produce the same sort of blistering speeds as a server or a workstation, and so while that new computer you buy today might be fast, it’s not necessarily as fast as what is offered in the world of business-grade gear.

Samsung’s effort in this area potentially changes that on a hard drive level, with a speed bump that is more than the fraction of a speed you might expect out of drives.

This time last year, the company launched its first solid-state drive with a 3D architecture, which at the time paved the way for high-speed transfer rates, providing what was in essence a benchmark place for people to turn to if they needed their computer to work efficiently.

This year, however, Samsung has managed to produce almost five times the read speed and almost three times the write speed, with a drive that is light years faster than what the company released last year.


It’s not quite a drive compared to what we’ve seen previously from Samsung, because with before, you could just grab one of the solid-state drives and slot it into the SATA connections on a laptop or desktop like another hard drive.

With Samsung’s 950 Pro, we’re not talking about a drive in the conventional sense, but rather a stick, and that’s because of speed.