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Samsung 960 Evo 1TB SSD Review and testing results on X99 MB with 6800K CPU

These new NVME PCIe SSDs have some amazing speeds (3,200MB/s!!!), the interface is x4 standard PCIe lanes. The Samsung 960 EVO 1TB seems to be the best price/performance point right now for NVME SSDs, with $0.48 per GB as of 12/2016 basically on release day…

Keep in mind that if you want to use this drive as a boot drive your motherboard must support botting from NVME hard drives. If it comes with a built in M2 slot with 4x PCIe lanes then chances are it does. But older motherboards without the built in slot may not have bios/chipset support even if you can fit one in with a M2 to PCIe slot adapter.

Luckily my Gigabyte (GA-X99-Ultra Gaming) motherboard supports M2 NVME native booting and combined with the Intel Core i7-6800K Processor which has 28 lanes of PCIe available the max performance of this SSD is possible.

Results:
CrystalDiskMark 5.2.0 x64

  • MB/s = 1,000,000 bytes/s [SATA/600 = 600,000,000 bytes/s]
  • KB = 1000 bytes, KiB = 1024 bytes

Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 3284.482 MB/s
Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1872.129 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 565.858 MB/s [138148.9 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 460.015 MB/s [112308.3 IOPS]
Sequential Read (T= 1) : 2037.224 MB/s
Sequential Write (T= 1) : 1782.619 MB/s
Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 45.915 MB/s [ 11209.7 IOPS]
Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 220.752 MB/s [ 53894.5 IOPS]

Test : 1024 MiB [C: 22.6% (208.0/920.0 GiB)] (x1) [Interval=5 sec]
Date : 2016/12/20 2:12:55
OS : Windows 10 Professional [10.0 Build 14393] (x64)

Old Samsung Evo 840 SSD Results:

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