Next generation NVMe SSDs mostly all share the same performance ratings. These products operate at the highest levels allowed by four lanes of PCIe Gen 3, but yet, we still see some differences.
On paper and in the synthetic tests the new HP 1TB EX950 looks slower than the new ADATA 1TB SX8200 Pro. In our application tests, the 1TB EX950 outperformed every other consumer NVMe SSD on the market, including the SX8200 Pro. This is, by a little bit, the fastest non-Optane class SSD we've tested.
That makes it technically the fastest affordable NVMe SSD available today, but the results are so close you might not notice your video game loading a split second faster compared to a similar product from a competitor.
In those situations, shoppers rely more on other factors than pure performance alone. The 1TB HP EX950 ships with a class-leading 5-year warranty and strong 650 TBW endurance rating. The 1TB model we tested today carries a MSRP of $229 (around $10 more than the 1TB ADATA SX8200 Pro at the time of writing). HP doesn't offer a software suite, or a flimsy piece of metal you can attach with double-sided tape and call it a heat sink, like the SX8200 Pro. These may or may not sway your purchasing decision.
HP's decision to replace the 256GB model with a much larger 2TB drive is a strong move for the target market. The EX950's target market is gamers, eSports specifically. I do know pro gamers from this job, but you don't have to be one to want a massive 2TB NVMe SSD. In the coming weeks, we will publish the 2TB review. The drive will have to sit on the back burner for a little while as we roll out other next-generation NVMe SSDs coming to market in rapid succession.
We can't name names for the other products now but will say that none of them are faster than the 1TB EX950. That is not to say a faster NVMe SSD will come to market this year, but with all of the drives coming to market over the next month, nothing is faster.
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