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Samsung NVMe SSD 960 EVO | Samsung V-NAND SSD | Samsung Semiconductor Global Website

Samsung Semiconductor SSD 960 Evo

 *Sequential performance measurements based on CrystalDiskMark 5.0.2/IOmeter 1.1.0 and random performance measurements based on IOmeter 1.1.0.Performance may vary based on the SSD`s firmware version,system hardware and configuration.Test system configuration: Intel® Core i7-6700K [email protected] GHz,DDR4 1700MHz 16GB,OS-Window 10 Pro x64,Chipset-ASROCK Z170 EXTREME 7. *Sequential Write performance measurements based on Intelligent TurboWrite technology.The sequential write performances after Intelligent TurboWrite region are 300 MB/s(250GB),600 MB/s(500GB) and 1200 MB/s(1TB).

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*TBW : Terabytes Written **Samsung's warranty does not cover any costs and expenses relating to SSDs' overhaul/assembly and data recovery for repairs or replacements.

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  • Capacity
  • 250 GB, 500 GB, 1,000 GB
  • Sequential Read Speed
  • Max 3,200 MB/sec
  • Sequential Write Speed
  • Max 1,900 MB/sec
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  • Client PCs

  • M.2

  • PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.2

  • Max. 80.15 x 22.15 x 2.38 (mm)

  • 250 GB: Max 7.7g 500 GB: Max 8g

    1,000 GB: Max 8g

  • Samsung V-NAND

  • Samsung Polaris controller

  • 512 MB Low Power DDR3 (250 GB, 500 GB) 1 GB Low Power DDR3 (1,000 GB)

    • TRIM Supported

    • S.M.A.R.T Supported

    • Auto Garbage Collection Algorithm

    • AES 256-bit for User Data Encryption, TCG Opal

    • N/A

    • 5mW (L1.2)

    • Up to 3,200 MB/sec

    • 250 GB: Up to 1,500 MB/sec 500 GB: Up to 1,800 MB/sec

      1,000 GB: Up to 1,900 MB/sec

    • 250 GB: Up to 330,000 IOPS (Thread 4) 500 GB: Up to 330,000 IOPS (Thread 4)

      1,000 GB: Up to 380,000 IOPS (Thread 4)

    • 250 GB: Up to 300,000 IOPS (Thread 4) 500 GB: Up to 330,000 IOPS (Thread 4) 1,000 GB: Up to 360,000 IOPS (Thread 4)

    • Up to 14,000 IOPS (Thread 1)

    • Up to 50,000 IOPS (Thread 1)

    • Typ. 5.3 Watts (250 GB) Typ. 5.4 Watts (500 GB)

      Typ. 5.7 Watts (1,000 GB)

    • 40mW

    • 1.5 Million Hours Reliability

    • 0°C to 70°C (Measured by SMART Temperature. Proper airflow recommended)

    • 1500G, duration 0.5m sec, 3 axis

    • Magician Software for SSD management

    • 3 Years or 100 TBW

    • 3 Years or 200 TBW

    • 3 Years or 400 TBW

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    Samsung NVMe SSD 960 PRO | Samsung V-NAND SSD | Samsung Semiconductor Global Website

    samsung semiconductor 960 pro An SSD that Changes Everything

    *Sequential performance measurements based on CrystalDiskMark 5.0.2/IOmeter 1.1.0 and random performance measurements based on IOmeter 1.1.0.Performance may vary based on the SSD's firmware version,system hardware and configuration.Test system configuration: Intel® Core i7-6700K [email protected] GHz,DDR4 1700MHz 16GB,OS-Window 10 Pro x64,Chipset-ASROCK Z170 EXTREME 7

    *Sequential performance measurements based on CrystalDiskMark 5.0.2/IOmeter 1.1.0 and random performance measurements based on IOmeter 1.1.0.Performance may vary based on the SSD`s firmware version,system hardware and configuration.Test system configuration: Intel® Core i7-6700K [email protected] GHz,DDR4 1700MHz 16GB,OS-Window 10 Pro x64,Chipset-ASROCK Z170 EXTREME 7

    samsung semiconductor 960 pro Experience next-gen performance

    *1GB=1,000,000,000 bytes by IDEMA. A certain portion of capacity may be used for system file and maintenance use, so the actual capacity may differ from what is indicated on the product label.

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    *PBW : Petabytes Written **Samsung's warranty does not cover any costs and expenses relating to SSDs' overhaul/assembly and data recovery for repairs or replacements.

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    samsung semiconductor 960 pro Manage your drive like magic

    • Capacity
    • 512 GB, 1,024 GB, 2,048 GB
    • Sequential Read Speed
    • Max 3,500 MB/sec
    • Sequential Write Speed
    • Max 2,100 MB/sec
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    • Client PCs

    • M.2

    • PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.2

    • Max. 80.15 x 22.15 x 2.38 (mm)

    • 512 GB: Max 8.3g 1,024 GB: Max 8.5g

      2,048 GB: Max 9g

  • Samsung V-NAND

  • Samsung Polaris controller

  • 512 MB Low Power DDR3 (512 GB) 1 GB Low Power DDR3 (1,024 GB)

    2 GB Low Power DDR3 (2,048 GB)

    • TRIM Supported

    • S.M.A.R.T Supported

    • Auto Garbage Collection Algorithm

    • AES 256-bit for User Data Encryption, TCG Opal

    • N/A

    • 512 GB: 5 mW (L1.2) 1,024 GB: 5 mW (L1.2)

      2,048 GB: 8 mW (L1.8)

    • Up to 3,500 MB/sec

    • Up to 2,100 MB/sec

    • 512 GB: Up to 330,000 IOPS (Thread 4) 1,024 GB: Up to 440,000 IOPS (Thread 4)

      2,048 GB: Up to 440,000 IOPS (Thread 4)

    • 512 GB: Up to 330,000 IOPS (Thread 4) 1,024 GB: Up to 360,000 IOPS (Thread 4)

      2,048 GB: Up to 360,000 IOPS (Thread 4)

    • Up to 14,000 IOPS (Thread 1)

    • Up to 50,000 IOPS (Thread 1)

    • Typ. 5.1 Watts (512 GB) Typ. 5.3 Watts (1,024 GB)

      Typ. 5.8 Watts (2,048 GB)

    • 40mW

    • 1.5 Million Hours Reliability

    • 0°C to 70°C (Measured by SMART Temperature. Proper airflow recommended)

    • 1500G, duration 0.5m sec, 3 axis

    • Magician Software for SSD management

    • 5 Years or 400 TBW

    • 5 Years or 800 TBW

    • 5 Years or 1200 TBW

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    Samsung 960 EVO SSD | Samsung コンシューマ SSD | Samsung Semiconductor Global Website

    サムスン半導体SSD 960 EVOが小さく上方に動く。

    *シーケンシャルのパフォーマンス測定値はCrystalDiskMark 5.0.2/IOmeter 1.1.0に基づき、ランダムのパフォーマンス測定値はIOmeter 1.1.0.Performanceに基づいています。これらの測定値は、SSDのファームウェアバージョン、システムのハードウェアおよび構成によって異なります。テストシステムの構成は次のとおりです。

    インテル® Core i7-6700K [email protected] GHz、DDR4 1700MHz 16GB、OS-Windows 10 Pro x64、チップセット-ASROCK Z170 EXTREME 7。

    **シーケンシャルライトのパフォーマンス測定値はIntelligent TurboWriteテクノロジーに基づきます。Intelligent TurboWrite領域を適用した後のシーケンシャルライトのパフォーマンスは、300 MB/s(250GB)、600 MB/s(500GB)、および1200 MB/s(1TB)です。

    960 EVOの内部構造が空中に浮かんでおり、データを共有している様子が製品の通信速度を表している。960 EVOはシーケンシャルリード速度が最大3.200 MB/s、シーケンシャルライトは最大1,900 MB/sが可能。

    *TBW:書き込みテラバイト数  **SSDのオーバーホール/アセンブリや、修理または交換の際のデータ復旧に関連する費用および経費は、Samsungの保証の対象外となります。

    SSD 960 EVOの性能を表す画像。400TBまで書き込み可能、ダイナミックサーマルガードによって過熱を防ぐ。製品画像を取り囲む図が、ダウンロードとアップロードの速度の増大と温度管理を表している。 図の動きがそれぞれの流れを表している。

    左のモニター画面でサムスンSSD 960 EVO 1TBが紹介されている。右にはNVMeSSD 960 EVOの前面部。コンピュータのコンディションが動画図で表される。

    • Capacity
    • 250 GB, 500 GB, 1,000 GB
    • Sequential Read Speed
    • Max 3,200 MB/sec
    • Sequential Write Speed
    • Max 1,900 MB/sec
    Show More Specs layer open
    • Client PCs

    • M.2

    • PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.2

    • Max. 80.15 x 22.15 x 2.38 (mm)

    • 250 GB: Max 7.7g 500 GB: Max 8g

      1,000 GB: Max 8g

  • Samsung V-NAND

  • Samsung Polaris controller

  • 512 MB Low Power DDR3 (250 GB, 500 GB) 1 GB Low Power DDR3 (1,000 GB)

    • TRIM Supported

    • S.M.A.R.T Supported

    • Auto Garbage Collection Algorithm

    • AES 256-bit for User Data Encryption, TCG Opal

    • N/A

    • 5mW (L1.2)

    • Up to 3,200 MB/sec

    • 250 GB: Up to 1,500 MB/sec 500 GB: Up to 1,800 MB/sec

      1,000 GB: Up to 1,900 MB/sec

    • 250 GB: Up to 330,000 IOPS (Thread 4) 500 GB: Up to 330,000 IOPS (Thread 4)

      1,000 GB: Up to 380,000 IOPS (Thread 4)

    • 250 GB: Up to 300,000 IOPS (Thread 4) 500 GB: Up to 330,000 IOPS (Thread 4) 1,000 GB: Up to 360,000 IOPS (Thread 4)

    • Up to 14,000 IOPS (Thread 1)

    • Up to 50,000 IOPS (Thread 1)

    • Typ. 5.3 Watts (250 GB) Typ. 5.4 Watts (500 GB)

      Typ. 5.7 Watts (1,000 GB)

    • 40mW

    • 1.5 Million Hours Reliability

    • 0°C to 70°C (Measured by SMART Temperature. Proper airflow recommended)

    • 1500G, duration 0.5m sec, 3 axis

    • Magician Software for SSD management

    • 3 Years or 100 TBW

    • 3 Years or 200 TBW

    • 3 Years or 400 TBW

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    Samsung 960 EVO M.2 1TB NVMe SSD review

    Samsung 960 EVO 1 Terabyte M.2 NVMe SSDMore value at with blazing performance

    Precisely one month after the 960 Pro release Samsung releases the 960 EVO. The more wallet friendly M.2. SSD promises to be roughly as fast and versatile as the Pro model, a product once again based on a Polaris based controller. These new M.2 EVO and PRO units can now be purchased in volume sizes up-to 1 TB and use the latest iteration of the nvm express (NVME) 1.2 protocol which is even faster anno 2016. NVMe Storage technology is advancing with extremely fast paces and steps. And correct, you read that right as the EVO is based on a Samsung Polaris controller, not to be confused with anything from AMD, of course. The new 960 EVO has been fitted with 48-layer MLC 3-bit per cell (TLC written) NAND. Today we will focus on that new EVO model, we have received a 1TB model for testing. The product is only slightly slower compared to the PRO model and capable of sequential read performance of 3,200 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 1,900 MB/s. Alongside this 960 EVO release, Samsung now also also offers a dedicated Samsung NVMe Driver 2.0, for maximal compatibility and performance.

    Samsung is to release the new 960 EVO model in capacities of 250 GB, 500 GB and 1 TB volume sizes. Performance wise you'll get a smile on your face, it these units are tagged with sequential transfer rates of over 3200 MB/s reads, with up to 1900 MB/s writes; up-to 380,000 IOPS 4K random-read, and up to 360,000 IOPS 4K random-write. The precise performance values differ per model / volume size though, we'll discuss and show you that on the next page. The 960 series is available in an M.2 (NGFF-2280) form factor. These units obviously will require PCI-Express 3.0 with x4 lanes as the SSDs are using the latest iteration of the NVMe protocol. The Samsung 960 EVO still offers plenty of endurance, depending on volume site 400 Terabytes written (TBW), for the 1 TB capacity, half that for the 500 GB version and again half of that for the 250 GB model. The EVO series will receive a three year warranty. These new M.2 units use the NVMe protocol and that means storage technology at hyper fast speeds while remaining competitive in pricing. The 1024 GB model we test today is capable of passing that 3GB/s marker for reads and close to 2000 MB/second sequential on writes. The Samsung 960 EVO SSD is Samsung’s last generation consumer-ready Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) M.2 form factor SSD with vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology (48 layers/128 Gb & stacked). Storage technology keeps advancing at the fast pace it does, the performance numbers a good SSD offers these days are simply excellent as you can reach say 450 MB/s to 500 MB/sec on SATA3 which is the norm for a single controller based SSD. Next to that, over the past year, NAND flash memory (the storage memory used inside an SSD) has become much cheaper as well. 

    DriveSeq ReadSeq Writeddr3-cacheEndurance in TBWPrice
    960 EVO 250GB 3200MB/s 1500MB/s 512MB 100TB 129 usd
    960 EVO 500GB 3200MB/s 1800MB/s 512MB 200TB 249 usd
    960 EVO 1TB 3200MB/s 1900MB/s 1GB  400TB 479 usd
    960 Pro 512GB 3500MB/s 2100MB/s 512MB 400TB 329 usd
    960 Pro 1TB 3500MB/s 2100MB/s 1GB 800TB 629 usd
    960 Pro 2TB 3500MB/s 2100MB/s 2GB 1200TB 1299 usd

     Samsung’s new 960 EVO/PRO M.2 product line is powered by the company’s new Polaris controller, which we think might be based of the older UBX one. The unit follows a smaller M.2 2280 form factor so it will fit on most ATX motherboards capable of M.2 just fine (or just use a PCI-Express daughter card but make sure you have x4 Gen 3.0 lanes available for it). IOPS numbers are now passing the 300K for read and writes marker (depends on volume size). At just one-tenth the weight of a traditional 2.5-inch SSD, the M.2 SSDs are ideal for users looking to upgrade their desktop or ultra-thin PCs with high-capacity, high-performance storage. Usability and compatibility then - remember, you do need a modern motherboard with capable NVMe supported M.2 (PCIe x4 connected) interface though, please do check out your motherboard manufacturer for that. But ever since Z97/Z170 and most last gen X99 chipsets have been released, the mainstream to high-end class motherboards almost all support the M.2. interface with NVMe protocol.

    Yeah, have a peek, and then let's head on-wards into this review.

    Samsung 960 EVO Series SSD (M.2  NVMe)

    Introduction Specifications & Features What's SATA | NVMe | NAND Types Product Showcase Product Showcase Installation & Recommendations SSD Operating Temperatures Test Environment & Equipment SSD Performance Long Duration Degradation Consistency test SSD Performance File Copy Tests SSD Performance Atto Disk Benchmark SSD Performance 64-bit Trace Testing SSD Performance Crystal DiskMark SSD Performance HD Tune PRO (IOPS) SSD Performance Iometer SSD Performance AS SSD Benchmark SSD Performance HD Tach SSD Performance SiSoft Sandra HDD SSD Performance Anvil's Storage Utilities Final Words & Conclusion

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    Samsung SSD 960 EVO NVMe M.2 Review: Ultra Fast, Affordable Storage

    Introducing The Samsung SSD 960 EVO

    When Samsung initially announced the SSD 960 PRO and SSD 960 EVO NVMe drives a few months back, we were eager to get our hands on them for some in-house testing. Their specifications, which included transfer speeds in excess of 3.2GB/s, were among the fastest we’d seen to date for consumer-class M.2-based Solid State Drive. Last month, when we were able to dig into the flagship Samsung SSD 960 PRO, we came away impressed. So impressed, that we gave the drive an Editor’s Choice award – you can check out that review right here. Today, we get to take a close look at the more affordable Samsung SSD 960 EVO. Like the SSD 960 PRO, the EVO is packing Samsung’s latest 5-core Polaris controller, but it features 3rd-gen 3-bit MLC V-NAND flash memory and a newly revamped version of TurboWrite. Though the SSD 960 EVO family’s pricing places it firmly in the mainstream segment for NVMe-based solid state drives, its specifications target performance enthusiasts. Take a look for yourself...
    Samsung SSD 960 EVO NVMe M.2
    Specifications & Features
    Usage Application Client PCs
    Capacity 250GB, 500GB, 1TB
    Dimensions (LxWxH) Max 80.15 x Max 22.15 x Max.2.38 (mm)
    Interface PCIe 3.0 x4 (up to 32Gb/s)  NVMe 1.2 (Partial)
    Form Factor M.2(2280)
    Controller Samsung Polaris controller
    NAND Flash Memory Samsung V-NAND 3-Bit MLC
    DRAM Cache Memory 512MB or 1GB LPDDR3 (1GB on 1TB drive)
    Performance*   250GB, 500GB 1TB
    Sequential Read: ~3,200 MB/s ~3,200 MB/s
    Sequential Write: ~1,500 MB/s, 1.800MB/s ~1,900 MB/s
    4KB Random Read (QD32): ~330K IOPS ~380K IOPS
    4KB Random Write(QD32): ~300K, 330K IOPS ~360K IOPS
    4KB Random Read (QD1): ~14K IOPS ~14K IOPS
    4KB Random Write(QD1): ~50K IOPS ~50K IOPS
    Data Security AES 256-bit for User Data Encryption, TCG Opal Family Spec
    Weight -10g
    Reliability MTBF : 1.5 million hours
    Power Consumption** Active average/maximum: 5.3W - 5.7W Idle APST On: 40mW

    DEVSLP(L1.2 mode): Typical .5mW

    Supporting features TRIM (Required OS support), Garbage Collection, S.M.A.R.T
    Temperature Operating Temp : 0°C to 70°C (Measured by SMART Temperature. Proper airflow recommended)
    Humidity 5% to 95%, non-condensing
    Vibration Non-Operating:               20~2000Hz, 20G
    Shock Non-Operating: 1500G , duration 0.5m sec, 3 axis
    Warranty 3 years limited
    TBW 250GB (100TBW), 500GB (200TBW), 1TB (400TBW)

    Find The Samsung SSD 960 EVO @ Amazon Starting At $129

    The Samsung SSD 960 EVO NVMe M.2 series drives will initially be offered in three capacities: 250GB, 500GB, and a 1TB. We’ve got a 500GB drive to show you here. All of the drives in the line-up have the same M.2 (2280) ‘gumstick’ form factor and offer peak read bandwidth of 3.2GB/s, with 1.5GB/s - 1.9GB/s writes, with various IOPS and endurance ratings. The Samsung SSD 960 EVO family features 3rd Generation, 3-bit MLC V-NAND Flash memory (128Gb on the 250GB drive, and 256Gb on the 500GB and 1TB drives) and a the same Polaris controller used on the 960 PRO, which has a native PCIe gen 3 interface and supports the NVMe 1.2 protocol. Arriving alongside the drive is a new revision of Samsung's NVMe driver (v2.0), which we used for all of our testing, though a version of Samsung's SSD Magician utility that supports the 960 EVO was as of yet unavailable. We're told it's coming though. Depending on the capacity, the drives also feature 512MB or 1GB of LPDDR3 DRAM cache, and the cache actually resides on the same package as the controller (to save space on the PCB). Other than its interface, details are scarce on the Samsung Polaris controller. However, in concert with the drive's firmware, it performs all of the functions you’d expect a modern SSD to do, like TRIM, garbage collection, S.M.A.R.T., etc., and it supports various encryption technologies too. Internally, the Polaris controller is packing 5 processor cores (versus 3 on the UBX controller from the 950 Pro series), with one of these cores dedicated to optimizing communications between the host CPU and SSD controller. Like previous generation EVO-series drives, the Samsung SSD 960 EVO supports Samsung's TurboWrite technology, though it has gotten more intelligent. TurboWrite essentially uses a small portion of the NAND as an SLC write buffer, which translates into improved write performance, as long as the buffer isn’t exhausted. The TurboWrite buffer size now dynamically adjusts based on the workload. Samsung is calling it Intelligent TurboWrite, and it works by identifying user workloads and tweaking the size of the SLC buffer accordingly. With the 500GB model, for example, if the user's dataset is under 4GB, intelligent TurboWrites uses the pre-allocated (default) TurboWrite region. If it is more than 4GB, however, the 960 EVO can use an additional 18GB dynamic SLC buffer for a total of 22GB SLC buffer on the 500GB drive. The default and dynamic sizes of the buffer are defined in the chart above.   TurboWrite should allow the SSD 960 EVO series to perform very well in the vast majority of consumer-class workloads. As you can see in the screen-capture above (taken from HD Tune using a 500GB drive), writes are much faster when the TurboWrite buffer is being utilized, but once that 22GB mark is hit, writes taper off.

    Samsung warranties the SSD 960 EVO drives for 3 years and they have relatively high endurance ratings as well, considering the cost of the drives (up to 400TBW). Endurance specifications are significantly reduced in comparison to the 960 PRO, however. The drives also have built-in thermal protection, which is to say they’ll throttle to protect the NAND and controller if temperatures get too high, but this too has been improved over the previous generation. The Samsung SSD 960 EVO features a new heat-spreader design(in the label) that can dissipate heat more efficiently during heavy workloads. According to Samsung, the thermal trigger point is delayed by up to 16 seconds relative to the 950 PRO, which translates into roughly 60% more data that can be transferred before throttling.

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    Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD Review | StorageReview.com

    Back in September, Samsung announced two new NVMe drives. The 960 PRO is targeted to pro users and enthusiasts, and the 960 EVO aims to take the advantages of NVMe and bring it to the everyday consumer. The 960 EVO comes to market with the idea of allowing consumers to benefit from the performance, low latency, small form factor, and low power consumption of NVMe—without the professional performance price tag. While the EVO doesn’t aspire to the performance of its PRO brother, it does bring a drastic improvement over a SATA interface.

    Being an M.2 form factor, the drive itself is roughly the size of a stick of gum; however, it comes in capacities of 250GB, 500GB, and even a 1TB (which we will be looking at for this review). Along with having such a high capacity for such a small device, it also comes with quoted performance of 3.2GB/s read and 1.9GB/s write, with throughput well over 350K IOPS for both read and write. This level of performance means that it would only slightly trail the 960 PRO and would give consumers a tremendous bump in performance should they upgrade their drive. While its performance can rival the Pro, the Pro does have much better endurance. While the 1TB model of the Pro can hit 800TBW, the EVO peaks at 400TBW, which ranks well compared to even enthusiast SSDs of the same capacity.

    The Samsung 960 EVO comes with a 3-year warranty and a list price of $480 for the 1TB model.

    Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD specifications:

    • Form factor: M.2
    • Interface: PCIe 3.0 x 4, NVMe 1.2(Partial)
    • Capacities: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB
    • Controller: Samsung Polaris Controller
    • NAND Flash Memory: Samsung V-NAND 3bit MLC
    • DRAM Cache Memory: 1GB LPDDR3
    • Dimensions: Max 80.15 x Max 22.15 x Max.2.38 (mm)
    • Performance (1TB)
      • Sequential read: 3,200MB/s
      • Sequential write: 1,900MB/s
      • QD1 Thread
        • Random Read: 14,000 IOPS
        • Random Write: 50,000 IOPS
      • QD32 Thread
        • Random Read: 380,000 IOPS
        • Random Write: 360,000 IOPS
    • Power consumption:
      • Idle (w/ APST on): 40mW
      • Active:
        • Read: Typ. 5.7W
        • Write: Typ. 4.8W
    • Temperature
      • Operating: 0°C to 70°C
      • Non-Operating: -45°C to 85°C
    • MTBF: 1.5 million hours
    • TBW: 400TBW
    • Warranty: 3-year limited

    Design and Build

    The Samsung 960 EVO has a very similar design to the 960 PRO, which uses mostly a black color scheme (including the PCB) and measures in at just 80.15mm x 22.15mm. The parts of the M.2 drive are exposed, so users should be cautious when handling the Samsung 960 EVO, as components could be harmed.

    On the front side is the branding and information sticker, which covers the NAND chips and most of the PCB. It displays the Samsung branding, as well as information about the drive including the model number, form factor and capacity size. All capacities use the Samsung Polaris Controller and Samsung V-NAND.

    On the rear is an additional label with product certifications. This label is a bit unique though, as it is made of copper and designed to act as a heatsink underneath the controller and NAND packages.

    Consumer Synthetic Benchmarks

    All consumer SSD benchmarks are conducted with the StorageReview HP Z640 Workstation. We compared the Samsung 960 EVO SSD to the following drives:

    All IOMeter figures are represented as binary figures for MB/s speeds.

    In our 2MB sequential benchmark, the Samsung 960 EVO recorded the best results in read with 2,308.5MB/s—even beating out the 960 Pro. On writes, it came in second with 1,660.9MB/s, only losing to the Pro version.

    With 2MB random transfers, the 960 EVO had another upset victory with writes, coming out on top with 1,540.63MB/s. With reads, it was closer to the 850 EVOs or closer to the bottom with 1,246.34MB/s.

    Our random 4K benchmark puts more strain on the drives in terms of throughput. The 960 EVO came in fourth in writes with 157.75MB/s and last in read with 27.7MB/s. 

    Looking the IOPS of the same test, produced the same placement with the 960 EVO again coming in fourth on the write with 40,382.95 IOPS and last in read with 7,090.59 IOPS (though in reads it was only barely behind the RD400).

    In terms of our 4K write latency benchmark, the Samsung 960 EVO had great numbers. The 960 EVO beat out the Pro version in average with 0.0244ms and came in second in max latency with 0.46ms.

    For our next 4K test, we move to a workload with 100% write activity, which scales from 1QD to 64QD. The 960 EVO did very well here, running up around 215K IOPS before settling in first with at around 201K IOPS.

    Aligned read showed the 960 EVO having a very steady climb before reaching the top spot at around 247K IOPS.

    Our final consumer-synthetic benchmarks compare the drives in a series of mixed-server workloads with a queue depth of 1 to 128. Each server profile has a strong bias towards read activity, ranging from 67% read with the database profile to 100% read in the web server profile.

    The database profile features a 67% read and 33% write workload, focusing on transfers around 8K in size. The 960 EVO started in the middle and stayed fairly consistent before shooting up to first place near the end—finishing above 175K IOPS.

    Our next benchmark is the read-only web-server profile, which uses transfer sizes ranging from 512 bytes to 512KB. In this scenario, the Samsung 960 EVO maintained a strong position during the low- to mid-range queue depths. Near the end, the Pro dropped off, letting the EVO--once again--take top spot around 96K IOPS.

    During the file-server profile, which has 80% read and 20% write workload spread out over multiple transfer sizes ranging from 512-bytes to 64KB, the Samsung 960 EVO ran in the middle to bottom here finishing right around 70K IOPS.

    The last profile looks at workstation activity, with a 20% write and 80% read mixture using 8K transfers. The Samsung 960 EVO is not a workstation drive so there was no surprise that it didn't hang with the top drives. It did perform well, however, finishing fourth at 110K IOPS.

    Consumer Real-World Benchmarks

    While the results of synthetic benchmarks are important in identifying the key strengths and weaknesses of a drive, performance in these tests does not always translate directly into real-world situations. To get a better idea how the high-capacity Samsung 960 EVO drive will handle itself in the field, we will chart StorageMark 2010 HTPC, Productivity, and Gaming traces against comparable drives. Higher IOPS and MB/s rates with lower latency times are preferred.

    The first trace is based on use as a Home Theater PC (HTPC). The test includes playing one 720P HD movie in Media Player Classic, one 480P SD movie playing in VLC, three movies downloading simultaneously through iTunes, and one 1080i HDTV stream being recorded through Windows Media Center over a 15-minute period.

    While the 960 EVO did outperform the 850 EVO drives it was well behind the others in the pack. Here we saw 19,441 IOPS, 905.91MB/s, and a latency of 0.397ms.

    The next trace simulates disk activity in an office workstation or productivity scenario. This test includes three hours of operation in an office productivity environment with 32-bit Windows Vista running Outlook 2007 connected to an Exchange server, web browsing using Chrome and IE8, editing files within Office 2007, viewing PDFs in Adobe Reader, an hour of local music playback, and two hours of streaming music via Pandora.

    In the productivity benchmark, the 960 EVO had a much better showing—coming in right behind the Pro version with 33,360 IOPS and 1,052.51MB/s. The EVO had the best latency overall with 0.228ms.

    The final consumer real-life benchmark simulates disk activity during gaming. This simulation taxes the drive’s read performance, with 6% write operations and 94% read operations. The test consists of a Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit system pre-configured with Steam, and with Grand Theft Auto 4, Left 4 Dead 2, and Mass Effect 2 already downloaded and installed. The trace captures the heavy read activity of each game loading from the start, as well as textures as the game progresses.

    In our gaming benchmark, the 960 EVO once again had better performance than the 850 EVO drives, but overall was not a strong game performer with 28,991 IOPS, 1,408.63MB/s, and a latency of 0.226ms.

    Conclusion

    The Samsung 960 EVO is an NVMe SSD targeting budget-conscious shoppers in a M.2 form factor. The drive comes in three capacities: 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. Unlike its 960 Pro brother, the EVO is aimed directly at the general consumer and priced to appeal to them. The 960 EVO has some great quoted performance (3.2GB/s read and 1.9GB/s write with throughput over 350,000 IOPS for both read and write) that is better than most drives on the market, but not as high as the Pro version.

    Looking at performance, we did compare the 960 EVO to the 960 Pro (along with a handful of other drives). While this wasn't done as a direct comparison to say the Pro is better than the EVO (as it should be), it was more to show users what they can expect from this consumer grade, cost-effective version. That being said, there were some instances where the EVO outperformed the Pro. The EVO was able to edge out the Pro in aligned read and write, as well as IOMeter Database and Web Server. In our sequential 2MB IOMeter, the EVO was able to run right up with its pumped-up performance brother, with 2.3GB/s read and 1.7GB/s write. In our real-world consumer tests, the 960 EVO showed fantastic performance, especially in our productivity trace. The Samsung 960 EVO will make shoppers set their bar higher for budget-friendly SSDs, which to date, have mainly included SATA-based offerings.

    Pros

    • Fastest performing value-oriented consumer M.2
    • Up to 1TB of capacity
    • Outperformed the Pro version in a handful of tests.

    Cons

    • Loses some of the top-end steam compared to the Pro model

    The Bottom Line

    The Samsung 960 EVO is the best performing value-oriented M.2 NVMe drive on the market, that is offered in capacities up to 1TB and starts at an affordable price. 

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