I think the temperature of this product plays a large role in why Samsung chose to make the XP941 an OEM SSD. Luckily, RamCity came up with a cleaver solution and brought in an adapter that comes with a heat sink to tame the beast. If you use the XP941 in a professional environment under a heavy write workload, we recommend using a heat sink. The Bplus adapter we used in this review worked very well.
Without question, the Samsung XP941 is the fastest consumer SSD in the world. It doesn't matter what benchmark you want to look at or what corner case the XP941 is thrown in; it comes out on top everywhere. It's difficult to convey how far ahead the XP941 is beyond other drives on the market at this time. When we went from SATA II to SATA III, it was a step forward. Moving from SATA III to PCIe 2.0 x2 was a leap forward, but moving straight from SATA III to PCIe 2.0 x4 is like an Olympic long jumper using a trampoline for extra distance.
Until December or January, we won't see another 4-lane PCIe SSD hit the market--at least not that we are aware of. Samsung has the enthusiast market covered as long as it can supply enough drives to fill the demand.
Helping to fill that supply line is RamCity. I'm a supporter of an enthusiast who stepped up to help others. There are a number of e-tail and small shops all over the world started by enthusiasts with passion about the products they sell, and I'm glad I found another one. Over the last few weeks, I've spoken with Rod Bland from RamCity on a number of occasions and found him to be very knowledgeable about the SSD market, and I find his enthusiasm uplifting.
This is our first article with the XP941, but we have a few more planned before leaving for Computex in a couple of weeks.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 3 [Samsung XP941 512GB M.2 SSD]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline Performance]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Sequential Performance]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage (Drives with Data Testing)]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - PCMark 8 Consistency Test]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - PCMark 8 Consistency Test - Continued]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Nuts and Bolts]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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