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Samsung 960 Pro NVMe SSD review: Ludicrously fast PC storage

Jon L. Jacobi | Dec. 19, 2016
This 2TB rocket of an M.2 NVMe drive is the fastest storage available for your PC.

Conclusion and buying advice

If your laptop or desktop supports the 960 Pro, then it’s the consumer-grade NVMe SSD you want. Assuming the price is competitive, that is. If you find others at substantial savings, you’ll be nearly as impressed. Copying 20GB in 11 seconds as opposed to 12 isn’t an earthshaking difference, and the 960 Pro is merely average for an NVMe drive when it comes to smaller data requests.

Where the 960 Pro is truly unique is in offering 2TB of storage on a single 2,280mm stick—a huge plus for deep-pocket users dealing with lots of data. But for PCs, or laptops with two drive bays, it’s nearly as effective to get a smaller NVMe SSD for your OS, and use a larger SATA SSD or hard drive for auxiliary storage. I run my work system that way and rarely notice the difference.

That said, if someone dropped a 2TB 960 Pro in my lap, I’d gladly alter my setup to accommodate it.

 

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