We got the Samsung SSD 960 PRO 2TB drive on Saturday, so we’ve had it less than 72 hours. In our short time with the drive we are certainly impressed. Samsung has reached a new level of performance for the M.2 PCIe form factor with this drive series as it was faster overall than anything Samsung has ever released. We were impressed by the Samsung XP941 in 2014 that was released for the OEM market and were delighted with the Samsung SSD 950 PRO came to the consumer market in 2015 with amazing performance. The new Samsung SSD 960 PRO is bay far the best drive year and the performance gains seen from 2014 to 2016 are insane.
All that performance does come at a cost though and the Samsung SSD 960 PRO is one of the more expensive SSD series on the market today. When it comes to pricing on the 960 PRO series drives you are looking at between $0.63 and $0.65 per GB. This is more than triple what you can find entry-level SATA SSDs, but you are getting over 6x performance gains on sequential read speeds for example. Not too many people will run out and buy a $1299 2TB SSD, but we know a good number that are willing to spend a few hundred bucks and we see the 512GB capacity being popular.
Samsung SSD 960 PRO Series MSRP:
The Samsung SSD 960 PRO series looks to be a winner when it comes to performance and should be popular in the enthusiast and prosumer markets. Those users will think the price is justified as it offers best in class performance, very generous endurance ratings and a solid 5-year warranty. This is likely going to be the fastest consumer SSD of 2016 and possibly until Samsung released the SSD 970 series around this time next year!
Legit Bottom Line: The Samsung SSD 960 PRO 2TB drive is a beast and we can’t wait to get the latest Samsung NVMe driver and Samsung Magician version 5.0 software package next month to use the drive to its full potential.