I have to take a minute to nerd out over technology here. Feel free to skip this.
So I’ve long been a fan of solid state drives. They’re about 5x’s faster than spinning hard disc drives, and more reliable, and way more power efficient, and won’t get damaged as easily if they get dropped. Overall just better in every way vs spinning hard drives (except price per GB, they’re still a little pricey, but coming down quickly).
Anyway, standard spinning drives have sustained data read rates of about 100-150MBs/sec.
My Samsung 850 SSD (solid state drive) gets 550MBs/sec. So 5x’s faster than spinning hard drives.
But Samsung just announced their 950 SSD series, which gets 2,500MBs/sec of sustained data read rates. That’s 5x’s faster than my current SSDs and 25x’s faster than standard spinning hard drives!
Now some might see this as just unnecessary. Afterall, if you’re editing even a super high res RAW photo, those aren’t more than 30-40 MBs, they load in half a second from a spinning drive.
But the work I do with multitrack audio where 50 or more multitracks, each one a 100 MB file, need to be accessed randomly as I skip around an audio project (that’s 5,000 MBs of source data, then on top of that add the software code data, and signal processing effects’ data, etc, and audio projects can add up quickly) will definitely benefit from higher transfer rates always.
Not to mention multitrack video projects, where a four minute track of video is 10x’s the size of a four minute audio track, suddenly being excited about 2,500MB/sec read speeds doesn’t seem so frivolous. Like, I still, even with my 850 SSDs, run into dropped frames with large projects, and feel like I’m waiting forever when loading and saving large HD projects. So I’m definitely eyeing the 950s as a massive upgrade.
The OEM versions of the 950 SSDs are shipping now, the consumer versions ship later this year. You can read a whole lot more about the new 950s here. Yay technology!