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Samsung 960 EVO 1TB 1TB & 250GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | m.2 SSDs in Storage | Posted: Nov 15, 2016 3:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Samsung

Final Thoughts




Price meets performance - it's what the 960 EVO is all about. Samsung has been able to accomplish what others have failed to do up until this point by delivering a 3-bit consumer NVMe SSD that doesn't skimp on performance. For a few dollars more than you will spend on an Intel 600P, you can get yourself a 960 EVO with double the performance. Samsung claims the 960 EVO is the second fastest client/PC SSD on the market. In terms of synthetic performance, this is, in fact, true. However, when we toss moderate workloads into the mix, the 960 EVO is outperformed by more expensive 2bit flash based NVMe SSDs. The good news is that for most mainstream users, synthetic performance is one of the best indicators of how a drive will perform for their needs.



If we take a step back from our enthusiast views and look at the whole picture, then we are of the opinion that Samsung's 960 EVO is likely the most appealing SSD ever made. Nothing to this point has delivered so much performance for so little cost. When you purchase a 960 EVO, what you get is a complete package. You get free cloning software, a proprietary NVMe driver, and drive maintenance software (Magician) that is second to none.


As we explained earlier, we do not have the newest version of Samsung's Magician software on hand at this time. By the time you can purchase your own 960 EVO, Samsung's revamped Magician software should be available for download. The new Magician will have an intuitive user interface that will visually display what drive you are running, allow you to secure-erase individual files, instantly see the condition of the drive in an easy to decipher format, check system compatibility, along with many other useful features.


We are of the opinion that user experience while running a drive as your OS disk is one of the most important factors there is when considering an upgrade. This is why we perform the majority of our testing with the test subject as our OS disk. This gives us insight that goes beyond what numbers alone reveal. Some drives deliver great numbers but fall short on user experience. Samsung's SSDs have never fallen into this category, and the 960 EVO is no exception. The 960 EVO delivers a user experience that is as good as it gets, which is why Samsung's 960 EVO is TweakTown recommended.




  • Price
  • Synthetic Performance
  • Build Quality
  • Most Appealing Form Factor




  • Workload Performance

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Quality including Design and Build100%
General Features100%
Bundle and Packaging100%
Value for Money99%
Overall TweakTown Rating98%

The Bottom Line: Samsung's 960 EVO delivers the best price to performance ratio we've seen to date, making it a must have piece of hardware.

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