Samsung NVMe 960 M.2 Evo SSD Review
Having just had the Samsung 960 Pro through our offices with all its class-leading performance and barely believable benchmarks it would be easy to consider the Evo as a mediocre pudding after an amazing dinner. After all, we've seen what the best possible performance looks like, so this can only be mildly disappointing.
We're pleased to report that's not remotely the case. If anything the more affordable price tag of the 960 Evo makes it even tastier. Enough with the food analogies.
Naturally when it comes to the headline figures, the out and out sequential read speeds that so often form the basis for peoples decisions about which SSD to purchase, then the Pro wins out. It's just faster. But we - by which we mean all of us - very rarely transfer one big file. We're far more likely to be accessing a selection of smaller ones. Whether it's just the various background bits of data that keep your OS running, your browser snappy and your GPU fed with textures or just scrolling through a few pictures, the majority of data actions we perform are small files scattered here and there. So the small block performance is a much better indicator of real-world performance than the "transferring a 4GB file" actions that bring home the advertising bacon. When it comes to these files, these smaller block actions, the Samsung 960 Evo is every bit as capable as its big brother. Indeed in a few of our benchmarks it out-performed the 960 Pro.
Write speeds are even more impressive as you can see from our graphs. There are no qualifiers needed there. Whether it's big files or small ones, the Samsung 960 Evo gets the job done at speeds that leave us breathless. Even in the "running hot and running cold" benchmark we ran there was little to choose between the drive speeds whether it's freshly accessed after a cold boot, or been throwing files around for the last few hours.
If you loved the performance of the Samsung 960 Pro but found the price to be a little rich for your blood, then we highly recommend checking out the 960 Evo. It's all the performance you could hope to find in a package that, whilst still targetted at the enthusiast, also fits more pockets. An easy winner of the OC3D Performance Award.