Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

Conclusion

PROS

  • Best performing M.2 (TLC) SSDs tested to date
  • Outsanding performance for their price
  • Write speeds in our mixed workload test beat even the 960 PRO

CONS

  • Compared to 600p, cost is still high (but these 960 EVO outperforms by a large margin)

Pricing and Warranty (MSRP)

  • 250GB – $130 ($0.52/GB)
  • 500GB – $250 ($0.50/GB)
  • 1TB      – $480 ($0.48/GB)

Warranty period is 3 years rated at 100 TBW for 250GB, 200 TBW for 500GB, and 400TB for the 1TB model.

Final Thoughts

Samsung has finally brought their TurboWrite technology to an NVMe M.2 SSD, and it absolutely did not disappoint! Performance of the tested 250GB and 1TB samples came close to the 960 PRO and frequently outpaced even the 950 PRO. The new TurboWrite caches are even larger on these new models, ranging from 13GB to 42GB (!) for the 1TB model, keeping write speeds high and giving the 960 EVOs an edge in our simultaneous mixed workload testing – even beating the 960 PRO in that particular metric! Coupling outstanding performance with competitive pricing makes the 960 EVO a tough act to follow!

The Samsung 960 EVO is my new default recommendation for power users on a budget.

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