There is clear consistency with Samsung’s line of SSDs, the packaging for the 960 EVO is almost identical to that of the 960 PRO, the differentiator being a use of orange rather than red. An impression of the drive, along with capacity and form factor are printed on the front.
Inside this packet, there is very little by way of a bundle. There is just an instructions manual and the drive in a plastic tray.
The 960 EVO conforms to 2280 and takes advantage of a sleek, black PCB. M.2 drives are usually on display if you have a side panel on your computer case, so the styling and aesthetics are somewhat important if you are seeking to construct a coherent theme.
Just like its sibling (the PRO), this SSD utilises PCI Express Gen 3 x4 with NVMe 1.2, not only this but our drive also arrives with Samsung’s 3rd generation V-NAND with the new Polaris Controller which pushes the sequential read and write performance to new levels. Samsung state that we should expect 3200MB/s for read and 1800MB/s for write performance, with IOPS hitting 330K on this 512GB model and 380K in the 1TB model. So, the EVO offers up similar IOPS to the PRO but read/write transfer rates are up to 300MB/s less on the EVO.
Other features also worth a mention are AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption and an impressive MTBF of 1.5 million hours!
For today’s review, we’re putting the 500GB model through its paces. Samsung also offer a 250GB and 1000GB model.