Samsung 960 PRO NVMe SSD Review


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Closer Look: Samsung 960 PRO m.2 SSD

By moving from the 32-layer V-NAND used in the 950 PRO to 48-layer V-NAND, Samsung was able to dramatically increase the capacity of their m.2 storage products: the top capacity of the 950 PRO, 512GB, now represents the bottom of the lineup for the 960 PRO, which also offers 1 and 2TB models. All are single-sided 2280 form factor (22mm wide, 80mm long) m.2 “sticks”.

The only thing on the back of the PCB is a label.

A small installation and warranty manual is all that’s included with the drive.

It’s worth noting here that as of this writing, even the latest version of Windows 10 doesn’t handle NVMe SSDs in an optimal fashion. For the best performance, especially with high queue-depth random accesses, you should download and install Samsung’s NVMe driver.


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  1. Costea

    Which brand of SSD do you trust most?
    Samsung. My 850 evo, is running with the speed of the ram, in rapid mode. That’s fast enaugh! 2900 mb/sec, seq.write , on a8-7600, chipset a88x, ram at 1800 mhz.

  2. EricW

    This was definitely an upgrade to the 256GB 950 Pro I had not all that much for the 950 Pro 512GB. Hopefully we eventually start to see price savings with the additional layers.

  3. D Daniels

    Confused. How is it that a 3 to 5 times “performance improvement” equates to imperceptible real world benefits. Won’t windows load faster? Won’t game zone load times be slashed?

    If not, is it xpoint we should be expecting to achieve these goals?

    1. David Ramsey

      Easy: because most of the data transfers you’ll make are quite small, in the kilobytes-to-hundreds of kilobytes range.

      Say you’ve got a 250-kilobyte block of data to read. With a SATA SSD that can do 550 megabytes per second, you can get that data in about 1/2200th of a second.

      Now with a spiffy new m.2 NVME SSD that can sustain 2.5 gigabytes per second, that data transfer take 1/10,000th of a second. Can you tell the difference, sitting in your chair?

      Of course, there will aways be use cases where the difference _is_ perceptible. But booting Windows or loading game zones isn’t just about raw data transfer rates; there’s a lot of computation going on.

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