Samsung 960 EVO Review

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Samsung 960 EVO Review. We’re going to have a look at the 500GB Samsung 960 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD. We’ll perform some benchmarks on it and see how it performs and find out if it’s something you should consider getting for the money.

Inside the box we only have the manual, and the SSD itself. Installation is fairly straightforward, insert it on an angle into the m.2 slot on the motherboard then gently push it down and tighten the screw from the motherboard to hold it in place. What got me interested in this SSD was that it is advertised at up to 3,200MB/sec of sequential read speed, and up to 1,800MB/sec of sequential write speed.

Samsung 960 EVO Review
Samsung 960 EVO Review

So did it live up to this? Yes, it actually went slightly above the advertised specs as you can see here in my Crystal Disk Mark test. This test was run with the latest NVMe driver from Samsung installed. As you can see I ran 5 tests with 8GB files so these numbers should represent pretty good averages.

So how well does this performance translate practically for us? From completely powered off, the system that I have it installed in takes just 18 seconds to boot to the login screen when combined with an Intel 6700K and 16GB of DDR4 RAM at 2133MHz.

The SSD uses 4 PCIE 3.0 lanes and can be managed through Samsung’s Magician software, which allows us to perform firmware updates and check various status information regarding the health of the drive. While I have the 500GB version here, it’s also available in 250GB or 1TB variants.

So what do you guys think about the Samsung 960 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD? Personally I’m very impressed with these results, NVMe drives are making massive differences over the older options out there and are definitely worth checking out as they offer high levels of performance which is awesome for the component that’s usually a major bottleneck, however of course this comes with an increased price over older SSD technology.

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