Anandtech - Samsung Announces 960 PRO And 960 EVO M.2 PCIe SSDs (Updated)

Posted by Paul Braren on Sep 21 2016 (updated on Sep 22 2016) in
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  • Josh @jcefidel, about your tweet, pictured at right, I'm honored!

    Loaner status (not Loner status ;-)


    Unfortunately, despite my attempts to reach Samsung PR, and my visits to their booth at VMworld 2015 and VMworld 2016, I have failed to secure any test samples. In a perfect world, I'd be comparing the EVO and PRO, then returning the loaners, then buy my own as a more informed buyer, having tested both first-hand. Instead, I'll need to save up and shoot for buying the 1TB or 2TB version of the PRO or EVO, as soon as I'm able. I'll most certainly make good use of this promising little device with bigger capacity, using it as my insanely fast VMware ESXi 6.0U2 (or later) VMFS datastore in my own home lab, despite it not having VSAN compatibility for such consumer devices. It's early days for VSAN, which has some serious licensing and cost constraints to do right, and isn't so easy even for NVMe drives that are supposed to be compatible.

    Here's the informative new AnandTech article you may want to check out:


    FYI, as Josh noticed, I moved from @TinkerTry to @paulbraren the safe way, without losing anything.


    Polaris controller is said to run cooler

    If you haven't seen this article I wrote about the 960 PRO/EVO series, you'll find videos in there too, with mention of cooler temps:


    The potential temperature issues that affected some when benchmarking their otherwise-beloved 950 PRO NVMe M.2 SSDs were never a big deal for me. It was as simple as cranking the SYS-5028D-TN4T Bundle's system fan to max before any heavy benchmarking. I did try many alternative fans, but none cooled as well as the stock fans, and the mini-tower chassis is already the low-noise-champion, seen near the bottom of the comparison table.

    You know I'll be also using my FLIR One thermal imaging camera again to determine whether things stay cooler when using these in the M.2 slot on the SYS-5028D-TN4T motherboard, and whether cooling solutions like the rather pricey Angelbird Wings PX1 PCIe x4 M.2 Adapter are helpful for folks looking to stand a second one up in their half height/half length PCI 3.0 x 4 slots.

    Click the image for a closer look! Think of the possibilities, such as inserting the cable through a small opening in the closed case, to get some great thermal imagery while doing some stress tests. Now we're talking! That's a Xeon D-1541 system, in the Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T, with the Samsung 950 PRO visible on the motherboard, and on the iPhone 6 Plus screen.

    Sep 22 2016 Update

    • Samsung’s insanely fast new SSDs won’t work in your MacBook
      Sep 21 2016 by Chris Smith at BGR

      The 960 Pro is the world’s fastest, according to Samsung, and will come in a 2TB version, which will be the highest capacity commercially available for M.2 NVMe SSDs. 512GB and 1TB versions will also be available to buyers, with prices starting at $329.99. The 960 Evo, meanwhile, will ship in 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB options, with the cheapest model priced at $129.99.

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    Samsung 960 EVO, 960 Pro NVMe SSDs: The Writing Is Literally On The Wall [Updated]