HP hit another home run with the 512GB EX950. The drive follows the same path as the two larger models we tested in this series, and all lead the true consumer market in performance (counting the Samsung 970 Pro and Intel Optane 900P/905P as workstation-class products due to cost).
The 512GB model is the smallest and thus the reduced in the series. As the EX920 release did last year, this new series delivers a disproportionate cost to performance ratio. In simpler terms, it's a great value! Of the SSDs released in late 2018 and early 2019, there are really only three NVMe SSDs that fall into the must-have category, the EX950, ADATA SX8200 Pro, and MyDigitialSSD BPX Pro. When you look at all of the high-performance NVMe SSDs shipping today, the previous models still put up a good fight. The EX920, ADATA SX8200, and Mushkin Pilot are still available and selling for less than the new models with the latest Silicon Motion controller.
If you want class-leading performance and willing to pay a little more for the latest technology, it's very difficult to beat the HP EX950. The new Samsung EVO Plus performs better under very heavy workloads, but for pure consumer use, the EX950 has proven to be the performance leader.
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The Bottom Line
The 512GB HP EX950 outperformed the other consumer NVMe SSDs and does it at an attractive price.