Samsung 960 PRO Review

Samsung 960 PRO Review

Samsung 960 PRO Review. We’re going to have a look at the 512GB Samsung 960 PRO 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.

There’s not much going on inside the box, just the manual and the SSD. Installation is fairly straightforward, simply insert the SSD into the m.2 slot on the motherboard screw it into place. What got me interested in this SSD was that it is advertised at up to 3,500MB/sec of sequential read speed, and up to 2,100MB/sec of sequential write speed, which to be quite frank is pretty insane.

So did it live up to this? Well almost, you can see my results 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 so the numbers should represent pretty good averages.

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 512GB version here, it’s also available in 1TB and 2TB variants, as you’d expect it’s quite expensive too, the 512GB one cost me $399 AUD, and I’ve seen it for about $308 USD, so you’re definitely paying to get the best performance.

Whether or not that’s worth it will depend on what you’re doing, I’m going to use the SSD as the boot and programs drive on my new Threadripper PC and I wanted it to be as fast as possible so it was an easy decision for me. I wouldn’t really recommend buying something like this just for putting games on though, as you may have seen in my post comparing different games on different disk speeds it makes no noticeable difference to FPS, but will help the games load quicker, but there are much cheaper SSDs that will still give you a good result.

Samsung 960 PRO Review
Samsung 960 PRO Review

So what do you guys think about the Samsung 960 PRO 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 very 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, so I’d only suggest it if you need serious disk IO.


The new Samsung SSD 960PRO is the 2nd generation NVMe SSD for Samsung’s client PC SSD. As such, the Samsung SSD 960 PRO is designed for professionals & enthusiasts that are seeking next generation performance and endurance. It offers the ultimate in performance, breaks storage limits for the m.2 form factor and banks on its solid reliability to offer customers the most advanced SSD technology currently available for client PCs

2. Experience next-generation professional performance and endurance
This cutting-edge V-NAND-based NVMe SSD supports PCI Express® Gen 3 x4 lanes, providing a higher bandwidth and lower latency to process even more massive amounts of data than our previous-generation NVMe SSD.
Building on the PCIe Gen. 3.0 x 4 lane interface and support of the NVMe 1.2 protocol, the 960PRO, in combination with our advanced 3rd generation V-NAND and newly developed Polaris controller is able to offer sequential read performance of 3,500MB/s and sequential write speeds of 2,100MB/s. The 960PRO achieves random performance of up to 440,000IOPS and 360,000IOPS for read and write operations respectively for industry leading performance across key metrics.

3. Breaking storage limits
Thanks to our advanced packaging technology, the use of a four-landing-design and the integration of the DRAM and Polaris Controller in a Package-on-Package solution the 960PRO becomes the world’s first client PC SSD in the standard 2280 m.2 form factor to be able to pack 2TB of capacity. For greater consumer choice, the 960PRO will also be available in 1TB and 512GB versions

4. Bank on solid reliability
The 960 PRO, thanks to the use of our 3rdgeneration V-NAND Flash technology, offers users not only improved performance and higher density, but also solid reliability. The 960 PRO’s improved thermal solutions, advanced hardware encryption and enhanced endurance enable users to confidently entrust their data to their SSD

5. Improved thermal solutions
In most cases of data transfers, heavy workloads can induce heat and result in high temperatures. Once temperatures reach a threshold, memory performance may be adversely affected. As the leader in SSD memory solutions, the 960 PRO adopts a new heat spreader for dissipating heat more efficiently during heavy workload use. It achieves this by integrating a thin copper film and because copper is a great heat conductor it helps to shed heat faster than would be possible without the label. Furthermore, the new 4 landing design also improves thermal characteristics, a sit can reduce heat generation per unit area.

6. Advanced data encryption
The 960 PRO provides the same data encryption features as other Samsung SATA SSDs. Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) security technology will help keep data safe at all times. It includes an AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption engine to ensure that your personal files remain secure. Being hardware-based, the encryption engine secures your data without performance degradation that you may experience with a software-based encryption.Also, the 960PROis compliant with advanced security management solutions (TCG Opal).

7. Enhanced endurance 
When users spend money on an SSD, first of all, they consider value for money and want an SSD that will last. Starting with the 850 PRO, Samsung’s 1st V-NAND SATA SSD, Samsung’s V-NAND changed the paradigm. Now in its 3rd generation, the 960 PRO boasts Total Bytes Written of up to 1.2 Petabytes for the 2TB model

Price:  from $321.35

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Louise Martin

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