Performance Review of the Samsung 950 Pro NVMe SSD

Performance Review of the Samsung 950 Pro NVMe SSD
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Since the 950 Pro was released by Samsung, the idea of having an NVMe SSD is now an affordable reality. You might be asking why it’s important, and the answer is the 2GBps sustained sequential reading and the 1.5 GBps writing makes it a SATA SSD. If you’ve been thinking about this type of performance, but don’t have the cash to get to it, then this is for you.

Samsung’s new 950 Pro is one of the most affordable NVMe drives to hit the market. It has Samsun’s 3D V-NAND, and that means that there are 3D cells that are arranged horizontally and vertically in layered form. It’s a cool product, and it can be treated with the triple level cell, multi-level cell, or even a single-level cell. In this, the TLC is pretty slow, but the MLC is actually very good, for it has a 2GBps speed in reading and 1.5 in writing.

Out of the box, it was a complete fail writing. It has a 35 MBps registered, meaning for a SSD it’s very slow. There wasn’t a point on finishing the test, but once you install the driver, it was a lot better.

Of course, although some SSD sellers do play games with the cash, the tests in this case are real-world copy tests. It’s a good SATA SSD and it does show a difference. There isn’t any monkey business going on with this driver.

It’s a very affordable system as well, with it being less than 200 dollars for a 256 GB and 349 for a 512 GB system. It’s not a cheap system either, and it probably won’t’ be seeing any discounts soon. Of course, with the rate it is right now, it’s about 30 cents a gigabyte, which is pretty cheap, and for twice the price you can also get four times the performance.


You might think that Samsung will try to give you a warranty to make up for the lower margins and cheaper price. They do a little bit, but it’s not 10 years like the 850 pro, but instead the 950 pro comes with a five year warranty with more terabytes written than the older system, and you can get about a terabyte a day written for the larger capacities. It’s a lot more than most users will write. For about 20 GB a day, it will last about fifty years, which is past the useful lifespan of technology that will most likely be holding your data.


This system is an upgrade for any desktop, and it’s one that will dramatically improve your performance. And you can get a PCL/M.2 adapter card if your computer doesn’t have the M.2 slot. Laptops do need to be careful with this, because it might be a bit too much for some of them, but ideally, you should do a little bit of some careful research into if your laptop can handle this before you jump in and get the 950 pro upgrade.

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