Thanks for the test notes Bill!!
And for anyone reading that $469 is "relatively affordable" for a measly 512GB SSD, you have to put in perspective that this is affordable and faster when compared to the enterprise SSDs that were out almost two years ago (April '13) that support 12Gb/s SATA. For example, Hitachi's SSD800MH.B 400GB Ultrastar 12Gb/s drive is selling for over $2000!
There are MSI laptops that have 4x m. slots that can be configured as RAID 0. So wow, what would the transfer rate be with multiples of this new SSD form-factor.
Jim, I may have to upgrade my laptop to one of those.
I heard back from from Flexx, they explained that there was no change in their price that it was the exchange rate that had changed.
And better than that, they expect to have more stock on these fantastic SM951 SSD's on Thursday!
Eric Bowen of ADK tested an Intel DC P3600 SSD and reported the results to the PPBM7 site (see: Re: Haswell E benchmarks). This series of Intel DC P3x00 SSDs uses the NVMe protocol. And, with the recent set of BIOS updates, ASUS X99 motherboards have followed MSI and ASRock with supporting NVMe protocol in many of their motherboards. So, the need for a dedicated RAID controller with a large number of enterprise hard drives may be waning, as you indicated for some systems, with the advent of better configured systems based on SSDs.
Of course I was very aware of Eric's results but the 800 GB Intel DC P3600 which he kindly tested for us. The Intel Data Center SSD's are very read oriented and on our PPBM Disk I/O write test the unit Eric tested a write rate of 883 MB/second (42 seconds export time) and Intel's suggested user price is over $1500. It is also not available in the sub-miniature m.2 form factor. The major advantage of the Intel devices at this time is they do offer much higher densities (up to 2000 GB).
It will be very interesting to watch what happens when these m.2 devices do become available with the NVMe protocol/interfaces
So we are looking at new levels of performance at much lower cost in much higher packaging density with these Samsung devices, but yes we are looking at a new era in designing NLE equipment. Hence my new all solid state X99 system.
Some background information for the Samsung SM951 SSD:
On 01/07/2015, StorageReview.com posted, "Samsung SM951 M.2 PCIe SSD Released," at: Samsung SM951 M.2 PCIe SSD Released | StorageReview.com - Storage Reviews.
On 01/08/2015, thessdreview.com posted, "Samsung SM951 PCIe 3.0 M.2 SSD In Mass Production," at: Samsung SM951 PCIe 3.0 M.2 SSD In Mass Production | The SSD Review.
On 01/30/2015, TweakTown.com posted, "Samsung SM951 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD Review - Samsung SM951 512GB PCIe SSD," at: Samsung SM951 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD Review.
On 02/17/2015, tomshardware.com posted, "Samsung SM951 PCIe M.2 512GB SSD Review," at: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/samsung-sm951-m.2-pcie-ssd,4045.html.
On 02/24/2015, AnandTech.com posted, "Samsung SM951 (512GB) PCIe SSD Review," at: AnandTech | Samsung SM951 (512GB) PCIe SSD Review.
For SSDs with NVMe protocol:
Other than Intel DC P3x00 SSDs with NVMe protocol, as I had mentioned in Comment No. 3:
For future Samsung SSDs with NVMe protocol, on 01/08/2015, thessdreview.com posted, "Samsung Discusses Enterprise SSDs – CES 2015 Update," at: Samsung Discusses Enterprise SSDs – CES 2015 Update | The SSD Review.
Here is a thread on the ASUS X99-DELUXE motherboard forum discussing NVMe protocol for various motherboard manufacturers, including ASUS, ASRock, MSI: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.-Forum- MSI support NVM Express and Asus?.
In Comment No. 19 of the thread in the hyperlink, the ASUS X99 server/workstation motherboards, which includes X99-E WS and X99-WS/IMPI, do not have specific mention of NVMe protocol support in their BIOS descriptions, and, as other referenced ASUS X99 enthusiast motherboards, do have specific mention of NVMe protocol support in the BIOS descriptions.
Ideally, examples of SSDs using the NVMe protocol on ASUS X99 server/workstation motherboards, which currently are without specific support in their BIOS for NVMe protocol, would be needed to help others to transition smoothly to this next version of SSDs.
And, any examples of the use of SSDs using the NVMe protocol in editing workstations would be great, too, as learning new and beneficial stuff is a good thing.
Are Consumer SSDs with NVMe Protocol Coming Soon?
On 03/09/2015, myce.com posted the article, "Intel showcases NVM-Express SSDs for consumers," at: http://www.myce.com/news/intel-showcases-nvm-express-ssds-consumers-75324/.
Included in the myce.com article was the following statement, which include a hyperlink to an online countdown clock for revealing the new Intel SSDs, "The SSDs will be officially revealed in about 3 weeks according to a special promopage with countdown that Intel has put online."
Both the Samsung XP941 SSD and the Samsung SM951 SSD are OEM or enterprise-class SSDs. As such, client- or consumer-level support for these two Samsung SSDs does not exist. The AnandTech review in Comment No. 5 of this thread says that client Samsung SSDs with NVMe protocol support may be coming.
[Example of recent client and enterprise SSD releases (having SATA protocol support), the Crucial MX200 SSD with consumer support is the client equivalent to the enterprise Micron M600 SSD having no consumer support.]