The Samsung 960 EVO is the mantle in the NVMe room. In many ways, the EVO series has historically been the focal point because they are the SSDs by which we judge every other drive. The EVO series is never the fastest, and it isn’t even the cheapest. Samsung continues to position the EVO right in the middle, and this is by design. The company is the only SSD manufacturer to make a purpose-built mid-tier product. The strategy is just as complex as it sounds. Users gain a great deal of performance for a few dollars more than entry-level products.
If we separate the market into four tiers, the EVO series pricing fits right in the middle, but the performance is 3/4th of the way up the scale. Samsung's 3D TLC V-NAND sells for the same price as other NAND manufacturer's planar (2D) 2-bit per cell (MLC) flash. To put it simply, you get more for less; the EVO is a true bang-for-your-buck product.
Shedding Light on a Whole New Standard of Capacity and Performance
Samsung V-NAND technology overcomes the capacity limitations of traditional 2 Dimensional NAND technology with its revolutionary 3D vertical design architecture.
V-NAND also applies innovative Charge Trap Flash (CTF) technology which prevents data corruption caused by cell-to-cell interference. The synergy of both structural and material innovations leads to improved speed, power efficiency, and endurance.
Rest Easy with Solid State Reliability
The 960 EVO holds its own by boasting up to 200 Terabytes Written for the 500GB capacity model and is backed by a 3-year limited warranty. Dynamic Thermal Guard prevents overheating, protecting your data and ensuring optimal performance.
Manage Your Drive Like Magic
The 960 EVO comes with the newly upgraded Magician; an advanced software solution for users to monitor, manage and maintain this drive.
Magician provides personalized firmware checking and additional functions tailored for individual user's drives. It even updates the firmware automatically to make sure that the drive's performance stays up to date.
Like the 960 Pro, the 960 Evo is powered by Samsung's Polaris controller coupled with Samsung's 48-layer V-NAND. Although the 960 Evo has been outfitted with TLC memory instead of MLC, the claimed impact on performance is minor with sequential read speeds dropping from 3.5GB/s to 3.2GB/s and write throughput going from 2.1GB/s to 1.9GB/s.
In other words, you'd be paying over 20% less for the 960 Evo than the Pro and yet the impact on performance could be considerably less than that. The new Evo series should also compare strongly against Crucial's TLC-based MX300, which claims sequential read speeds of 530MB/s and write speeds of 510MB/s. With that, we're keen to see what Samsung's TLC NVMe SSD brings to the table.
All three versions of the 960 Evo measure only 80mm long just as we saw with the 960 Pro series, meaning they adhere to the M.2 (2280) form factor. The drives weigh between 8.3 and 9.0 grams with the 1TB version naturally being the heaviest. All three models boast the same 3.2GB/s read speed though the write performance varies. The 250GB model is rated at 1.5GB/s, the 500GB model at 1.8GB/s and the 1TB model at 1.9GB/s.
Samsung ships the 960 EVO series from the factory with a three-year limited warranty. Samsung, like all SSD vendors, also limits the warranty by endurance. The 960 EVO 250GB absorbs up to 100TB of data; the 500GB model supports up to 200TB, and the 1TB includes 400TB.
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