With so few 2TB NVMe SSDs, shipping, and even fewer new models announced but yet to ship in 2019 we would not jump the gun and say the HP EX950 is the best in this capacity. We can say it's a great SSD and given the 1TB performance we looked at last month, there is a very good chance for this drive to be the best for consumer workloads.
With such a heavy focus on SLC cache, the EX950 isn't a strong choice for workstation workloads. Some may be tempted after seeing the consumer-focused benchmarks and assume this is a Samsung Pro killer. With the previous generation, we saw several videos from YouTube Certified Master SSD Reviewers using Crystal Disk Mark to make the comparison and coming to the wrong conclusion.
For the targeted market, and workloads, the HP EX950 is the best 2TB NVMe SSD shipping today but that's easy to say right now. The only other next-gen NVMe SSD we could show in the charts today is the MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro. The drive started shipping at the tail end of 2018 but is out of stock now. The ADATA SX8200 Pro, Samsung 970 EVO Plus, Mushkin Pilot-E, and other 2TB drives have yet to hit Amazon and Newegg, but we expect them soon.
The lack of competition means HP won't have a need to reduce the $399 selling price anytime soon. The price is very aggressive where it sits today. When the 2TB BPX Pro sold out, it shipped for $569.99 from Amazon. Retail pricing dropped quite a bit since then for all capacities. The 2TB Samsung 970 EVO currently sits at $549.99, but when we tested the BPX Pro, the EVO sat at $590.99. The 2TB HP EX950 might be the fastest NVMe SSD in this capacity, and it's also one of the lowest priced at the time of writing.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: The 2TB HP EX950 has everything we could ask for from a consumer NVMe SSD. The drive delivers class leading performance and costs less than other 2TB models shipping today.
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