Samsung has confirmed that it has started mass production of the new PCIe-based (PCI-Express) solid-state drives, which bring about 2.5 times performance boost over current SATA-based drives and around 7 times more than a conventional 7200 RPM hard-drive.
The new XP941 PCIe-based SSDs are also smaller than their predecessors making them ideal for use in ultrabooks.
The SSDs will come in 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB variants. The new XP941 SSD allows for 1400 MB/s read, due to the PCIe 2.0 interface. It weighs around 6 grams (compared to the average of around 50 grams of 2.5″ SATA SSDs) and offers a seventh of the 2.5″ SATA SSDs volume, leaving more room for stuff like battery.
To put things in perspective, Samsung points that the new XP941 SSD will be able to read 10 HD movies at around 5 GB each in 10 seconds.
Currently the mid 2013 MacBook Air is the first device on the market rocking Samsung’s PCIe SSD but other PC makers are lined up for the upgrade.
Source | Via