Are you planning to replace your SSD with a new one? Or are you ditching out your HDD as your main storage to experience the performance boost that an SSD can give you? This review might be a little late since Samsung 960 Evo M.2 SSD came out last year but our focus on this article is to share the result of our tests and real-world experience so we can help you decide on your next storage upgrade. We used this SSD as our main drive on our high-end build guide to confirm if this SSD is a good replacement to your traditional 2.5 SSD and how it would improve the computing experience of mainstream users which is the target of the Evo lineup.
Firstly, we have tested the Samsung 960 Evo M.2 SSD with Anvil Storage Utility, ATTO Disk Benchmark, and CrystalDisk Mark, three of the most reliable and free SSD and HDD benchmarking tools to gather the data that will confirm if this m.2 SSD really hitting the advertised numbers and here are the results:
The result of our test is really impressive but we’re a bit disappointed because we didn’t hit or exceed the advertised up to 3200 MB/s sequential read and 1800 MB/s sequential write, but still, this is a huge upgrade from our old Samsung 840 Evo that only has 540 MB/s sequential read and 520 MB/s sequential write. We have benchmarked the 960 Evo M.2 SSD multiple times with CrystalDisk Mark for consistency and the best result we got is the one shown above. Although the result of our benchmarks shows a bit of inconsistency with CrystalDisk Mark, we are still impressed because we always get more than 3000 MB/s sequential read which is more than enough for most mainstream users. Below is a screen capture from UserBenchmark that compares the difference between our old Samsung 840 Evo to this 960 M.2 Evo:
Specification and Features:
As expected from Samsung, they have included the best and newest technology on their NVME M.2 series drives. The 960 EVO M.2 is offered in three capacities: 250GB. 500GB, and a massive 1TB and these drives have the same M.2 2280 form factor.
|Specs & Features||250GB, 500GB|
|NAND Flash Memory||Samsung V-NAND 3-Bit MLC|
|Controller||Samsung Polaris controller|
|Sequential Read||~3,200 MB/s|
|Sequential Write:||~1,500 MB/s, 1.800MB/s|
|4KB Random Read (QD32)||~330K IOPS|
|4KB Random Write(QD32)||~300K, 330K IOPS|
|4KB Random Read (QD1)||~14K IOPS|
|4KB Random Write(QD1)||~50K IOPS|
|Data Security||AES 256-bit for User Data Encryption, TCG Opal Family Spec|
|Interface||PCIe 3.0 x4 (up to 32Gb/s) NVMe 1.2 (Partial)|
|Supporting features||TRIM (Required OS support), Garbage Collection, S.M.A.R.T|
|Dimensions (LxWxH)||Max 80.15 x Max 22.15 x Max.2.38 (mm)|
|Reliability||1.5 Million Hours|
We were very satisfied with our Samsung 840 Evo and to be honest, we almost did not feel the difference between the boot time of Samsung 840 Evo and Samsung 960 M.2 Evo until we tried it on our applications and did the benchmarks. Samsung 960 M.2 Evo installed our OS and software very quickly and launching heavy applications is almost instant. This SSD is priced at around $130 – $160 depending on where you are going to buy it. If you are upgrading from a hard drive, Samsung 960 EVO M.2 is going to be a huge upgrade and you will really feel the power it can offer, however, if you are already using any kind of SSD and you’re just using your computer for gaming and other common tasks, it’s better to save your money for other components or keep it so you will have money to use in case any of your components fail in the future.
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