Samsung SSD 960 EVO 1 TB test and review: middle class with NVMe

Samsung SSD 960 EVO 1 TB test and review: middle class with NVMe

With storage the Samsung SSD 960 PRO Korean manufacturer has introduced the world’s fastest SSD for the consumer market with interface NVMe. However, he is very well, so it is not suitable for everyone. If you want a cheaper SSD, albeit a little slower, then pay attention to the Samsung SSD 960 EVO. The drives are different, first of all, the memory as 960 PRO is equipped with more expensive chips, the MLC, and the 960 EVO uses a less expensive memory TLC. In any case, the 960 EVO is also focused on the rapidly growing market NVMe SSD. As far as he is interesting in terms of price / quality? This you will learn in this article.

With the addition of “PRO” Samsung offers a high-end drives, and EVO range is aimed at the mass market. Drive 960 EVO came off the bench 850 EVO , although it differs greatly. Recall that EVO 850 relates to a SATA SSD category (versions 2.5 “and M.2), and 960 produced only EVO M.2 protocol format NVMe, the connection is made through four lines PCIe 3.0. Thus, it can be expected a substantially higher level of performance compared to previous generation drives that have a bottleneck remained SATA interface.

The biggest drawback M.2 format is limited storage capacity. If Samsung SSD 850 EVO offers capacities up to 4 TB, the 960 EVO boasts only 1TB. In the case of PRO 960 above the maximum capacity – two terabytes.

Intel’s recent models 600p SSD also demonstrated that NVMe drives can be quite cheap. In many tests Intel SSD showed himself faster SATA models, especially winning serial data rate. Price is on the SATA SSD level, so it is very interesting, as the show itself Samsung SSD 960 EVO.

Samsung SSD 960 EVO 1 TB test and review: middle class with NVMe

Samsung SSD 960 EVO: technical specifications

Make and ModelSamsung SSD 960 EVO 1 TB
Pricefrom 460 euros
Products webpageSamsung SSD 960 EVO
Technical specifications
Form FactorM.2
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x4
ProtocolNVMe
Firmware1B7Q
Capacity (manufacturer information)1 TB
Capacity (after formatting)932 GiB
Possible capacity250 500 GB, 1 TB
Cache memory512 MB LPDDR3
ControllerSamsung Polaris
The memory chipsTLC 3D NAND (Samsung)
Speed ​​Reading (manufacturer information)3,200 MB / s
Recording speed (manufacturer information)1,900 MB / s
Manufacturer’s WarrantyThree years

Samsung SSD 960 EVO: Contents of delivery

The main difference between Samsung SSD 960 EVO from the more expensive 960 PRO is to use cheap memory 3D TLC. The controller drives both use the same, Samsung Polaris own production.

Fee Samsung SSD 960 EVO is equipped with a chip on one side only, so it takes a minimum of space – this should improve compatibility with laptops. But the backdrop drive is not empty, it is possible to notice the sticker. If you look closely, you will notice at the sticker fringe copper color.

In contrast, SATA SSD, storage in M.2 format generate more heat, which is more difficult to draw because of the compact design. Therefore M.2 drives usually slows down performance for continuous load, so as not to overheat. It can be easily seen in the tests, but on everyday performance such behavior has little effect, as follows for the emergence of throttling transfer really big volumes of data.

Samsung SSD 960 EVO 1 TB test and review: middle class with NVMe

Without additional radiator and ventilation Samsung SSD 960 EVO withstand 96 seconds of load recording, providing full performance. Then, the performance decreases. Until the decline of the drive managed to record 171 GB of data. Of course, if the temperature continues to increase, and further, the clock frequency will be discharged stronger. What we are seeing is just at the point of 316 seconds or 532 GB – more than half of the storage capacity. Overall, Samsung SSD 960 EVO can not always work at full capacity, but in everyday scenarios, users can record much smaller amounts of data, so the appearance of throttling is unlikely.

Another function of the SSD Samsung 960 EVO is a cache TurboWrite, which Samsung uses for several generations. Similar technology, albeit under different names, the other manufacturers are used. But the principle is the same: some TLC memory reserved for the cache, which is addressed as the SLC memory. The resulting cells are programmed with one bit, rather than three, significantly faster. We get a performance boost, while SLC cache is full. In idle mode the drive transfers data at a slow memory TLC, freeing cache.

The Samsung SSD 960 lineup TurboWrite technology has been further developed. Now fixed space allocated for it, which is used as a cache. But if the space is filled, the drive can use the extra TLC cache memory as the SLC, if there is space. So EVO 960 can provide high performance for a long time.

The Samsung SSD 960 EVO comes with a three-year warranty, which is quite typical for SSD mass market. As for the PRO 960, the Samsung offers a five-year warranty, as well as Intel’s 600p. In addition, each manufacturer specifies the maximum recording load, above which the guarantee ends. It is shown in the table below.

At the Intel SSD 600p we have a 44% higher load entry level than the Samsung SSD 960 the EVO, PRO 960 although it is still 100% more. But the practical value of TBW is small, since even enthusiasts and power users are unlikely to achieve such a record load. On the other hand, it is possible to estimate how much memory write operations will stand. In any case, the value of TBW more relevant for storage in servers and corporate environments.

Samsung SSD 960 EVO 1 TB test and review: middle class with NVMe

Samsung SSD 960 EVO: conclusion

Samsung SSD 960 EVO new drive provides a decent level of performance, especially for sequential bandwidth. According to the daily performance we get good results, the drive gives Toshiba OCZ RD400 and Plextor M8Pe, but turned out to be 960 EVO is faster Intel SSD 750. Intel SSD 600p showed significantly lower results.

If you are interested NVMe SSD, then the choice of the market is not as extensive. Of course, you can buy high-end SSD 960 the PRO, the capacity ranges from 512 GB up to two terabytes. 960 EVO models are available with a smaller 250 GB, but 2 TB of storage you do not buy.

If you look at the price, we get good reflection performance drives. SATA models are much slower, but the price they have is excellent. Intel SSD 600p – the cheapest, but also the slowest NVMe SSD, although it is still faster than almost all SATA drives. Price of 256 GB and 1 TB Toshiba OCZ RD400 seems inadequate. Below are the prices in euros, as they are more stable.

If you look at the price of a terabyte, the Samsung SSD 960 EVO 20% cheaper than the PRO 960, we get a significant difference not only in performance but also in price. But compared to the PRO version will have to sacrifice a two-year warranty. Other features, like encryption, are not curtailed.

In the case of Samsung SSD 960 EVO we have another interesting NVMe SSD, which provides an excellent balance between price and performance.

Advantage Samsung SSD 960 EVO:

  • A good daily performance
  • Improved cache TurboWrite
  • Support for encryption

Disadvantages Samsung SSD 960 EVO:

  • The warranty is only three years

Source: samsung

Samsung SSD 960 EVO 1 TB test and review: middle class with NVMe was last modified: January 16th, 2017 by Tomas Shellby