Samsung Mass Produces First PCIe SSDs For Ultrabooks

/ 3 years ago


Ultrabooks have almost made exclusive use of SSDs since their release because they are quieter, thinner, faster and more power efficient than mechanical hard drives whilst the extra price premium they have is more acceptable given the target market of Ultrabooks. Samsung have just announced that they have made quite an innovation in moving the Ultrabook SSD market forward with their new PCI express SSDs for ultrabooks.

These are made in the M.2 form factor, that is measuring in at 80mm x 22mm / 3.14 x 0.86 inches, and weigh a tiny 6 grams! That compares to the 54 grams of a SATA 2.5″ SSD. Brilliantly there is absolutely no performance hit as these Samsung XP941 drives can read at 1400 MB/s aka 1.4GB/s which is about 2.75 times as fast as current desktop class SATA III drives. If anything, these drives are “limited”, and we use that term very loosely, by the PCI Express Gen 2 interface they use.

“With the Samsung XP941, we have become the first to provide the highest performance PCIe SSD to global PC makers so that they can launch leading-edge ultra-slim notebook PCs this year” said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics.

Samsung has been shipping the XP941 PCIe SSDs to ultrabook vendors since early in the second quarter and they are available in 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities using 10nm NAND flash. Expect products using these SSDs to be available later on this year in Q4.

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  • Mark Smith

    Since the SSD’s are that small how about we got both an SSD and a HDD. The SSD being about 128GB in size with the OS installed on it and then a 1GB HDD disk for putting your crap on. This will reduce the cost a little while still proving a fast and powerful laptop.

    • JMHJ

      I’d rather have my laptop as slim and light as possible. I dont think I would ever need more than 250 gb on a laptop. Not that I can’t understand why you would though, but it might be smarter just to have a bigger HD external? Makes transportation easier, reduces heat in the laptop and you can keep the laptop super slim.

      • Mark Smith

        For me as a gamer if I’m going to a convention, holiday or will be away from my main desktop for a long-ish period of time then I’ll need a powerful enough laptop to make sure I can still play games at a minimum of 30fps (60fps preferably) and because I’m a gamer I need a lot of space for all the games I have and have the small SSD with the O/S installed on it and then a HDD for all the games would speed up the laptop boot time as well as general app speed up. The size isn’t an issue for me either as long as I can fit it a messenger back along with all my peripherals and finally the heat isn’t a problem either because I would have my keyboard and mouse with me so the laptop would be resting on some form of table.