Samsung SSD 950 PRO 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review

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The Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD is the best performing M.2 SSD that we have ever tested! This is the first M.2 PCIe SSD with NVMe that is available to the consumer and this drive is going to very popular among gamers and power users that are looking for the latest and greatest storage drive out there. This is the drive that all other M.2 PCIe SSD manufactures will have to aim to beat as the performance is top notch! The key to getting the most out of this drive is to provide it enough airflow and if you do, you’ll be blessed with the best performing consumer M.2 SSD on the market bar none.

When it comes to pricing the you are looking at $199.99 for the 256GB drive and $349.99 for the 512GB drive that we reviewed today. The drives will be made available for purchase on October 29th and the 512GB drive is eligible for the recently announced Samsung Game Bundle that is good for an Assassin’s Creed Syndicate PC game key. Samsung said that a 1TB version of the SSD 950 Pro will be coming in 2016 that uses the newer 48-layer Samsung V-NAND. All of the Samsung SSD 950 Pro drives are backed by a 5-year warranty or 200 TeraBytes of data Written (TBW) to the 256GB drive or 400 TBW for the 512GB drive. Notice the or in there as it’s whichever comes first.  If you write 500 TB of data to the 512GB drive in a month it is out of warranty as you went beyond the drives usage lifespan.

At the end of the day the Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD with the NVMe protocol is the fastest M.2 drive that we have tested to date. We love the performance and are really glad that Samsung released their own NVMe driver to ensure the best possible user experience. If you are looking to buy an M.2 PCIe SSD this is the one we’d pick hands down.

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Legit Bottom Line: The Samsung SSD 950 Pro 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD is the best performing M.2 drive that we have ever tested and it does everything we need!

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  • Can this be used to boot win7 in asus rampage 4 extreme (x79) board? If yes does it supports both legacy and uefi installs?

  • When I built my new system it required me to goto win10 which has and included NVMe driver. I’m happy, and will be adding one to my Gigglebyte GA-Z170XX-UD5 Mobo when the price starts coming down… feel free to dm me if you have questions. Like the man sez, BE SURE YOUR BOARD SUPPORTS NVMe before you buy!

  • GrandBro

    Do you simply plug this into a PCIe? I understand some newer MB have a M.2 slot, so it’s confusing. The Intel 750 for example has what looks like a card (PCIe version) and one that looks like SATA/SAS. I’d buy one of these to fit on a 1 year old MB without M.2 if it will work.

    • No, you can’t just plug it into a PCIe slot. You’re going to need an
      adapter. The Addonics one seems to be well-regarded. If you intend to use the SSD
      as a boot drive, make sure your mobo supports it.

      Other than those caveats, you should
      be fine.

      • Κωνσταντίνος Κ.

        he actually needs a UEFI bios with capability of booting into nvme 😛

        P.S. Else it can be only used as a secondary drive

        • Did you even read my comment???

          “If you intend to use the SSD
          as a boot drive, make sure your mobo supports it.”

          Jesus Christ…

        • Κωνσταντίνος Κ.

          Did you even read what I wrote? Jesus Christ

        • Yep, but you didn’t read what I wrote. Here it is a third time, goof. Have someone read it to you, if you’re incapable.

          “If you intend to use the SSD
          as a boot drive, make sure your mobo supports it.”

  • Minkyu Kim

    If you finding a tool to get SMART with Samsung NVMe devices, Naraeon NVMe Tools can be reasonable option.
    http://naraeon.net/en/latest-nvme-tools

  • z3razerviper

    I am not going back to anything that does not have eDrive support its awesome guess i will be waiting a while.

  • Austin Rowan

    Being a future-minded fellow, hearing about this tricky warranty has ensured me not buying this product nor recommending it to the myriad of people in my life who ask me for computer advice.

    • xanuser

      what would be tricky is finding an actual user that would ever approach 200TB of writes in under 5 years.

  • Gary Barnet

    I have been using a XP941 for a while now and found it throttled all the time due to overheating. But I bought a small heatsink and fan (originally designed for the second edition Raspberry Pi as part of a kit) and mounted the fan/heatsink onto the controller and another heatsink onto the other smaller chip next to it and problem solved. I should also say that I have a 200mm fan blowing directly over the area (and 3 other 140mm intake fans nearby as well).
    Heat is a huge problem for these M.2 drives (even companies like Noctua have noted this) and I have seen temperatures of 110° C or more (max being around 113°C) and that is just copying some files over. And the SM951 was not that much different. So to is this one. Even though they heat up, at least the memory chips don’t get anywhere near as hot, it is the controller that has to do all the heavy lifting that suffers the most.

    Get the heat under control and these are great.

    Just wondering how these will go squashed up in a notebook or similar.

  • Ottoore

    Thank you Nathan for the deepened tests about thermal problem. I wrote you about this when they were presented.
    I have a question: you say you solved the problem with a 120mm fan. But 512 ssd has memories on both sides. Obviously there’s no cooling on the “dark side”: do you think memories on the frontal side have a ” sort of priority “? Sorry for my bad english, i’m not native

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Your edit is correct and there are images of the front and the back of the SSD 950 Pro 512GB on page 1 of the article. The board components are on just one side, so that design should be better for those wanting to use their motherboards built-in M.2 slot that sits flush with the board.

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