Samsung Unveils 16TB SSD
When it comes to storage solution, the dilemma of any DIY PC builder in the past has always been speed versus space. That’s about to change as Samsung recently announced the largest capacity SSD to date – the Samsung PM1633a – which can hold almost 16 terabytes of data!
At the core of the PM1633a is the same 3D V-NAND implementation found on the recently-launched 850 EVO/850 Pro SSDs. However, instead of 128Gbit NAND dies, the South Korean giant used their 256Gbit NAND flash and combined them to form the PM1633a’s astonishing 15.36TB storage space.
Stuffing these much NAND dies in a 2.5-inch form factor have an adverse effect though, particularly in the SSD’s design. Event though the PM1633a still adheres to the 2.5-inch standard, Samsung’s new SSD is noticeably thicker than most SSDs.
Another downside to it is the price. To put things in perspective an enterprise-grade Helium drive with 8TB storage will set you back $700 while the highest-capacity SSD costs around $4K and can go all the way up to $7,000. So just imagine how much the Samsung PM1633a will cost if it reach the market.
Note: The SRP of the Samsung PM1633a was not disclosed during the event.