Samsung Takes it Up a Notch with the New 960 Pro and 960 Evo SSDs

 

Samsung just announced their new 960 NVMe SSDs. The 950 and 850 series were hugely popular with system builders for their reliability and performance. These newer cards will be substantially faster and will include 1TB and 2TB versions. The 960 EVO will cap at 1TB and the 960 Pro will be at a whopping 2TB. These drives will be a must have for many system builders. The sequential read speed for the 960 Pro peaks at 3,500 MB/s and the write speed will peak at 2,100 MB/s. The 960 EVO, slightly tuned down, will have a max sequential read of 3,200 MB/s and max sequential write of 1,900 Mb/s. This is a great increase from the previous model.

 

 

Now many new motherboards will support these drives. One thing you need to look out for if you are planning on upgrading is whether your motherboard supports this. You will want to make sure the the M.2 slot on your mother board is PCI-E interface. The 960 Pro is the consumer version of the SM961 and the 960 Evo will be the consumer version of the PM961. If you are interested in how the new drive compares to the previous versions please see the chart below.

 

 

Here are the MSRPs of the new models:

  • 960 Pro 2TB: $1,299
  • 960 Pro 1TB: $629
  • 960 Pro 512GB: $329
  • 960 Evo 1TB: 479
  • 960 Evo 500GB: $249
  • 960 Evo 250GB: $129

Samsung is expected to release these around October. I am definitely excited for the release of these new drives and they are certainly on my upgrade wishlist. 

 

Comments (4) -

  • Mikhail K

    9/23/2016 4:06:57 AM |

    This is my next SSD)

  • Ryan

    9/23/2016 1:35:25 PM |

    I'll pass. Drive speed increase has become very irrelevant once you go to SSD from HDD.

  • Socras

    9/24/2016 10:24:42 AM |

    One more add to the never ending wishlist.

  • Yannick Bourret

    9/25/2016 10:40:01 AM |

    The price are getting better, but still in the high. I have a 250GB that will be used for the OS and as hybrid with an HDD through SATA-III.
    For now, that will have to do. Maybe in the future I'll be able to upgrade with a large M.2 for faster data access on the Micro-ATX X99.

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