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Samsung SSD 960 Pro With 1 TB Reviewed

In September, Samsung presented its new SSD generation at the Samsung SSD Global Summit 2016 in Seoul: The new 960 Evo and 960 Pro. Next month is the time and we can also buy the new models. We have already tested the new Samsung SSD 960 Pro with 1 TB.

The SSD 960 Pro uses the NVMe standard and is connected to an M.2 slot. This is also necessary, because this interface is already almost fully utilized. With SATA or mSATA you would never reach these speeds. Samsung promises up to 3,500 MB/s read and 2,100 MB/s write and 440,000 IOPS read and 360,000 IOPS write respectively. Since M.2 is connected via PCI-Express 3.0 with 4 lanes, a maximum of 4,000 MB/s is possible here. According to the technical specifications, the SSD is already nibbling on this. We have investigated whether this is really true for you.

Our test model is a pre-series drive with firmware version 1B6QCXP7. At the end of November/beginning of December a new software version will be released. Therefore, the test results may differ with the serial drive.

Technical Data of the Samsung SSD 960 Pro
Samsung SSD 960 Pro

960 PRO 512 GB 960 PRO 1 TB 960 PRO 2 TB
Sequential reading speed Up to 3,500 MB/s
Sequential write speed Up to 2.100 MB/s
4 KB Random Read (QD32, 4 Threads) Up to 330,000 IOPS Up to 440,000 IOPS
4 KB Random Write (QD32, 4 Threads) Up to 330,000 IOPS Up to 360,000 IOPS
4 KB Random Read (QD1, 1 thread) Up to 14,000 IOPS
4 KB Random Read (QD1, 1 thread) Up to 50,000 IOPS
Interface PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.1
Form factor M.2
Controller Samsung Polaris Controller
NAND Flash memory Samsung V-NAND
DRAM cache memory Samsung 512 MB Low Power DDR3 Samsung 1 GB Low Power DDR3 Samsung 2 GB Low Power DDR3
Data security AES 256-bit encryption
Reliability MTBF: 1.5 million hours
Energy consumption Active Average: 5.1 W
Idle: 1.2 W
Active Average: 5.3 W
Idle: 1.2 W
Active Average: 5.8 W
Idle: 1.2 W
Functions TRIM (operating system support required), Garbage Collection, S.M.A.R.T, Dynamic Thermal Guard temperature monitoring
Temperature operating temperature 0 °C to +70 °C
Humidity 5 % to 95 %, non condensing
Vibration Non-Operating: 20-2.000 Hz, 20 G
Strokes Non-Operating: 1,500 G , duration 0.5 ms,
3 axes
TBW 400 TB 800 TB 1,200 TB
Price 329,00 € 619,00 € 1.299,00 €
Guarantee 5 years limited manufacturer warranty
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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Berlin.

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