Samsung 960 PRO Series - 512GB PCIe NVMe - M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6P512BW)
- Hard Drive: 512 GB
This review is for the Samsung 960 PRO - Series 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD.TL;DR │ Most insane NVMe drive yet. Insanely fast, insanely expensive, for insane people.- - - - -I am one of those insane people. I have 512GB (2×256GB) 950 Pro in RAID 0 for my gaming build, a 512GB 950 Pro for my laptop, and now, a 512GB 960 Pro (for the same laptop). From my first tests (RAID mode), two 256GB 950 PRO in RAID 0 (512GB total) is on par with a single 512GB 960 Pro, with the RAID having minuscule edge on random writes. This test was done with IRST (Intel) drivers.On my second tests, I used Samsung NVMe drivers, under AHCI mode in BIOS. It is evident how much faster the 960 PRO is compared to the 950 PRO.I do use "regular" NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 drive from Intel (600p), and I use it only for a NAS build OS. For day to day, the difference is negligible, and I would still recommend getting those less expensive NVMe drives. (Just skip the SATA... and the hard drives.) These Samsung "PRO-series" drives are for people who just wants the best and who do not mind paying for them.WHAT I LIKE │ + │+ Looks good, not plain.+ Sticker/heat spreader orientation not upside down anymore+ Better thermals than the 950 Pro+ Faster than a single 512GB 950 ProWHAT I DON'T LIKE │ × │× Expensive.× Packaging can use better protection.× Other computers will seem slow, that you'd get rage from using them.× It is also worth noting that it took a long time to deliver because of product delay.PACKAGE │ ✓ ✗ │✓ Box✓ SSD on insecure plastic cradle✓ Printed materials✗ No freebiesFor tests, I am putting this on an Alienware 13 R3, together with a 950 Pro. My machine has an i7-6700HQ, 32GB of usable RAM, and a discrete GPU. See photos for results. Both 512GB drives are tested in exactly the same configuration (cloned).The 2×256GB 950 PRO in RAID 0 is in a different machine.UPDATE: The first tests were done in RAID mode, using Intel drivers. I reformatted both drives, and reconfigured BIOS to use AHCI mode. This made it possible to use Samsung drivers. I uploaded another benchmark comparison (excluding the RAID 0 drive).- - - - -VERDICT: I highly recommend this product for people who's okay with paying for it.★★★★☆ | 4 stars out of 5. Insane.Questions? Hit the comments!This review is for the Samsung 960 PRO - Series 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD.
Edit: Got another one for my desktop 1TB model. 3000+ speed out of the box on MSI X99S Plus. Replacing stripe SSD raid.Running on my 2016 HP Omen laptop at approximately 3000 read / 2000 write.Not entirely sure why its not at advertised 3600, but I imagine its not the drive, and likely some system limitation.No complaints, games, apps, OS - everything loads much faster now.Advice: Never get laptops with anything but minimum SSD/Ram configuration - the SSD and Ram hardware that manufacturers usually put into their retail products are the cheapest models you can find. Its all about profit. You're getting cheated. Get the lowest available config then replace it with quality hardware like this drive.
I had this drive installed in a Dell XPS. The Toshiba PCIe drive was fast about (1100mbs and ~600 on the write ) which is much faster than a mechanical and 2x faster than a SATA ssd. This drive is remarkable.... It's 3200mbs read and 2300write is blazing fast.I have a SATA 850 EVO (read write ~500mbs) in my other computer. Boot times are similar. The real power comes when reading or transferring very large files. With very large files or gaming, it's worth every penny. Is it needed for most? No, but neither is a lifted truck, a Harley Davison, a beautiful home, or a spouse who looks stunning but doesn't talk. Do we all want them, yes! Do we "need" them, nope. Apply the same rules here. One thing is certain. It's a lot less expensive than a divorce! Yes, a little tongue and cheek, but you get the idea 🤣