Sam­sung 960 Evo $150-$465

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SAM­SUNG is the go-to com­pany for high-end SSDs, but it’s also our rec­om­men­da­tion for the mid-range. The 960 Evo mixes a lot of the same magic as the 960 Pro, but at a lower price. The big dif­fer­ence is the type of NAND used: The 960 Pro uses MLC (Multi-Level Cell) flash, while the Evo uses TLC (Triple-Level Cell). They’re both 3D NAND ar­chi­tec­tures, but the Pro man­ages to squeeze more into the same space, which is why it’s avail­able in larger ca­pac­i­ties—512GB–2TB, while the Evo ships at 250GB–1TB.

Per­for­mance-wise, there is a dif­fer­ence be­tween the Pro and Evo, but it isn’t huge— sus­tained reads and writes of 3,200MB/s and 1,800MB/s aren’t too far off the Pro. In fact, there are bench­marks that can see the Evo ahead of the Pro. It’s worth not­ing that the 960 Pro does have a five-year war­ranty (or 800TB writ­ten), while the 960 Evo only has a three-year war­ranty (or 400TB writ­ten).

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