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Introducing The Samsung NVMe SSD 960 Pro/Evo

Shelby Chau / November 24, 2016

Samsung has introduced their latest line of SSDs (aka solid-state drives) and they’re about to turn the SSD market on its head.

 

Now, for most of us, SSDs are traditionally associated with the 2.5-inch SATA (Serial ATA) design. Like so:

 

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With this design, installing it in a desktop machine needs a SATA connector and requires a slimline, SATA-like connector from the power supply. Installing in a laptop is somewhat easier with the connections either hardwired or grouped together already on a short cable. In recent years, a shift has been made to the M.2 (pronounced m dot two) interface which uses the PCI-e (PCI Express) standard and there are several reasons as to why this is a good move.

 

First of all, SATA drives have a maximum data transfer rate (or bandwidth) at 6Gbps. Utilizing the PCI-e standard provides a much higher threshold to the tune of 32Gbps or 4,000MB/s.

 

Secondly, it’s much smaller. To the untrained eye, an M.2 SSD looks like an unassuming stick of RAM (random-access memory), but it’s so much more. With storage packed into a much smaller form factor, you won’t need any extra cables to install. It just requires the right motherboard slot and a screw. That’s it. For some, even a PCI-e adapter can do the trick.

 

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Now, we bring you to Samsung’s latest gifts to the tech world, the 960 PRO and 960 EVO. With the 960 PRO, Samsung states that it can have sequential read/write speeds of up to 3,500 MB/s and 2,100 MB/s, respectively. For the 960 EVO, these speeds are close, with read/write speeds of 3,200 MB/s and 1,900 MB/s, respectively. The EVO utilizes the new TurboWrite technology to achieve those speeds. Both drives incorporate Dynamic Thermal Guard technology to prevent overheating and damage to your data.

 

If you’re interested, you may still have to break open that piggy bank for a decent amount of storage.

 

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2 TB 1 TB 512 GB
960 PRO $1299.99 $629.99 $329.99

 

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1 TB 500 GB 250 GB
960 EVO $479.99 $249.99 $129.99

 

The 960 PRO does come with a 5-year limited warranty, but the 960 EVO only comes with a 3-year limited warranty. Check out Samsung’s official press release for more information, or visit Samsung’s website for all their available SSDs here.

 

Featured image via youtube (Samsung)