In a perfect world, we would all already have a system with the fastest processor, the fastest and most feature rich chipset and the best solid state drive. In a perfect world, you would have an XP941 512GB. Not everyone has that opportunity and sometimes we have to make compromises. If you aren't quite ready to spend nearly $500 on a XP941 512GB, then the 256GB drive at $249 is a good option for you.
Not long ago, we tested the 128GB XP941 and weren't sold on its balance of performance, capacity, and price. Before that, we tested the 512GB model, and fell off our seat from everything but the price. The XP941 512GB is the fastest client SSD you can put in your computer, so the price can be higher than other SSDs, because it's a premium product. The XP941 256GB is nearly as fast as the larger model, but costs significantly less. The capacity size is cut in half, but for some, 256GB is enough for the operating system and the programs required in a serious workstation. Most of us don't build workstations for work and then throw a bunch of games on it to run every once in a while.
That's really the perfect arrangement for the XP941 256GB. You have enough capacity for your operating system, your serious work programs and space to work data with. Gamers and enthusiasts can still use the 256GB model for a few games, but not an entire Steam collection on the drive. This isn't a limitation exclusive to the XP941, we all prioritize with SSDs, but the performance and user experience make up for the tradeoffs.
If an X99 system is in your future, then you want to take full advantage of everything the new platform has to offer. The XP941 is the only SSD on the market right now that turns the flash up to x4. If the 512GB model is out of your budget, then the 256GB is your next best option.
We want to thank RamCity for supplying us with the XP941 SSDs.
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- Page 2 [Samsung XP941 256GB Ultra M.2 PCIe SSD]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and ATTO Baseline Performance]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - Sequential Performance]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Mixed Read / Write Workloads]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing]
- Page 8 [PCMark 8 Consistency Test]
- Page 9 [PCMark 8 Consistency Test - Continued]
- Page 10 [Final Thoughts]