Sam­sung 960 Pro 512GB

THE FASTEST SSD WE’VE EVER TESTED; IT’S TOO EX­PEN­SIVE FOR A GEN­ERAL REC­OM­MEN­DA­TION, BUT OTH­ER­WISE HARD TO FAULT

PC & Tech Authority - - GROUP TEST -

I f you’re look­ing for a drive that truly un­locks the po­ten­tial of NVMe, this is it. The Sam­sung 960 Pro is the fastest con­sumer SSD we’ve ever tested, eas­ily see­ing o¡ all-com­ers in our se­quen­tial read and write bench­marks. We’re talk­ing about four times the read speed of your typ­i­cal SATA drive, and more than three times the write speed.

Ad­mit­tedly, the 960 Pro didn’t do quite so well in the mul­ti­threaded tests; here it kept pace with the com­pe­ti­tion, but didn’t stand out. Over­all though it has an un­doubted edge in re­al­world work­loads, as at­tested by a string of first-place re­sults in the PCMark 8 stor­age bench­marks. That stun­ning per­for­mance is part­nered with hard­ware en­cryp­tion and a de­cent five-year war­ranty. A 400TBW en­durance rat­ing for this 512GB drive is re­as­sur­ing too – ris­ing to an ab­surd 1.2PBW for the top-of-the-range 2TB model.

With all this go­ing for it, we were tempted to name the 960 Pro as one of this month’s win­ners. What stayed our hand is the price. $438 is a lot to pay for a half-ter­abyte drive, and there’s no smaller model avail­able. For most of us, the 960 Evo is a bet­ter buy: it’s not far be­hind in terms of per­for­mance, it comes in a more ver­sa­tile range of ca­pac­i­ties, and it costs sig­nif­i­cantly less. If money is no ob­ject, how­ever, there’s noth­ing to match it.

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