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Samsung XP941 128GB PCIe SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | m.2 SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 2:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 86%Manufacturer: RamCity

Final Thoughts




The last time we checked on the XP941 128GB price at RamCity, it cost was right around $169 USD. RamCity sold the entire stock of 128GB capacity size drives in the last round and has another batch on the way. I suspect when Intel's X99 chipset platform finally hits, the new stock will sell out pretty fast too. The hottest models will be the 256GB and 512GB.


The real question we have to answer is if anyone would really want a fast 128GB SSD? When we tested the Samsung 850 Pro 128GB, we stated that drive didn't make a lot of sense to us since people spending that much money on an SSD will demand more capacity. The XP941 128GB costs even more than the 850 Pro in this same capacity size, and when it comes to writing data, the 850 Pro is even a bit faster. The XP941 also uses the AHCI dataset so the latency hasn't improved much when compared to SATA either. That spells bad news for this model, but there are still some scenarios where users can take advantage of the high read speeds the XP941 128GB has to offer.


One way is to read from the drive almost exclusively. Install your games to the drive as a secondary, let another SSD take the operating system and some applications, and your XP941 128GB secondary take your large game installations. Another option would be using the drive as a secondary and using it to read back your workloads, videos being edited, AutoCAD files and so on. Regular computer users with money to burn can build an X99, or even a Z97 based system (either native on a supporting motherboard or with an adapter) to surf the web, play games on and run other day to day activities.


What it really comes down to is this, the XP941 128GB isn't a great prosumer drive, and it's expensive, so you're not going to use it as a workhorse SSD. If you can find a way to play the strengths, you're golden. Using this drive will look cool, but in this capacity size, you will not get the same performance as the higher capacity models.


We want to thank RamCity for supplying us with the XP941 128GB. Soon we'll cover the XP941 256GB that was also supplied to us by RamCity.


UPDATE: We just received word from Rod Bland at RamCity that the 128GB model received a price drop due to the exchange rate and supply. The 128GB XP941 is now $147 USD. The 256GB model is now $279, and the 512GB model is $488. This is good news as we like paying less for class leading performance. The 512GB model looks really good now, well below $1 per GB and for blistering fast performance.



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