Samsung has brought to market a new generation of M.2 SSD solutions. The new 960 Evo and Pro families offer a variety of capacity configurations, as well as multiple price points for different budgets. Regardless as to which you go for, you will be paying quite the number of pennies to take advantage of this new storage technology.
Not only does the 960 Pro catalogue of SSDs offer ultra-fast peak sequential read and write transfer speeds of 3,500 MB/s and 2,100 MB/s, respectively, there's also the option for a massive 2TB of storage. The units have gone on sale now and you'll be able to pick one up for your PC build, but how do the units fare in benchmarks?
Tom's Hardware found the new 960 Pro (they tested the 2TB) to perform strongly across the board, alongside the predecessor 950 series, though Samsung was beaten by competing products in some tests. That said, the high price point certainly puts the new storage PCBs out of reach for most consumers.
Storage Reviews came to a similar conclusion, noting how Samsung's 3rd-gen V-NAND technology and Polaris controller help to take its storage performance to the next level.
While the price is high and performance is stunning, Ars Tehcnica did bring up the issue with Samsung reducing the warranty attached to the 960 series. Instead of 10 years, you'll be covered for just 5.
The only downside to the new 960 Pro M.2 storage from Samsung is the price. It's new tech and will certainly cost a bomb, but this unfortunately will put these new cards out of reach for most consumers. For the 512GB option, you're looking at $329.99, or $629.99 for 1TB. If you really want to spend some cash, there's even an insane 2TB variant for $1299. For those on a tighter budget, the 960 Evo is at least slightly more affordable, starting at $129.99.
You'll be able to check out the listings for 960 Pro 512GB and 1TB variants below:
So what do you make of Samsung's new M.2 storage options and will you be picking one up? Sound off in the comments!
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.