|Item model number||MZ-V6E500BW|
|Item Weight||1.84 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3.15 x 0.87 x 0.09 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||3.15 x 0.87 x 0.09 inches|
|Computer Memory Type||DDR3 SDRAM|
|Flash Memory Size||500 GB|
|Hard Drive Interface||ATA-4|
|Hard Drive Rotational Speed||3|
|Batteries||1 A batteries required. (included)|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||October 6, 2016|
Samsung 960 EVO 500GB Solid State Drive (MZ-V6E500BW) m.2 NVMe
|Price:||+ $4.57 shipping|
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- M.2 (2280) - PCIe 3.0 x4 NVM Express SSD for Client PCs
- V-NAND Client SSD ideal for high-performance tower desktops and small form factor PC’s
- Sequential Read Speeds up to 3200MB/s and Sequential Write Speeds up to 1800MB/s
- Samsung magician software delivers SSD management and automatic firmware updates
- COLOR: Black/Gray
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- V-NAND technology for reliable and enhanced performance
- Read speeds of up to 3,200 MB/s and write speeds of up to 1,800 MB/s
- The NVMe interface offers enhanced bandwidth and lower latency than SATA SSDs
- Dynamic Thermal Guard reduces risk of overheating
- Compact M.2 form factor
Samsung 960 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD
Give your desktop PC or laptop a performance boost with the Samsung 960 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD. Featuring Samsung V-NAND technology and Dynamic Thermal Guard protection, the 960 EVO ensures the integrity of your data even under heavy workloads. Its NVMe interface and Polaris controller enable exceptionally fast read/write speeds. TurboWrite technology adds a performance boost, making the 960 EVO ideal for high-intensity tasks such as video editing, data analysis, and gaming. And it comes with Samsung's Magician software, which makes it easy to to manage, monitor and optimize drive performance.
What's in the Box:
- Samsung 960 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD, 500GB
NVMe Interface Offers Unprecedented Performance for Heavy Workloads
Equipped with a high-performance NVMe interface and a Polaris controller, this SSD delivers blistering fast read/write speeds of up to 3,200 MB/s and 1,800 MB/s respectively. Plus, Samsung TurboWrite technology creates a high-performance write buffer area whenever a write operation is underway to accelerate write speeds even further, making the 960 EVO ideal for gaming, data analysis, graphic and sound design, and other demanding applications.
Data Security & Thermal Monitoring
Backed by a 3-year limited warranty, the 960 EVO offers exceptional lifespan and data security, boasting an endurance rating of up to 200 TBW (terabytes written). It also features Dynamic Thermal Guard, a technology that automatically throttles the drive's temperature when it approaches dangerous levels to reduce the risk of overheating.
Samsung Magician Software for Easy Drive Management
The 960 EVO comes with a free download of Samsung Magician software, an advanced software solution that allows you to easily monitor, manage, and maintain your SSD. Magician helps ensure that the SSD firmware stays up to date and offers a range of additional functions that allow you to tailor settings to best suit your usage.
|960 PRO||960 EVO||850 PRO||850 EVO||T3 Portable SSD|
|Capacity||512GB, 1TB, 2TB||250GB, 500GB, 1TB||256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB||250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB||250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB|
|Form Factor||M.2 2280||M.2 2280||2.5 inch||2.5 inch, mSATA, M.2 2280||Portable|
|Interface||NVMe PCIe||NVMe PCIe||SATA III 6Gb/s||SATA III 6Gb/s||USB 3.1|
|Max. Sequential Read Speed (Speeds vary by system environment, form factor, and capacity)||Up to 3,500 MB/s||Up to 3,200 MB/s||Up to 550 MB/s||Up to 540 MB/s||Up to 450 MB/s|
|Max. Sequential Write Speed (Speeds vary by system environment, form factor, and capacity)||Up to 2,100 MB/s||Up to 1,900 MB/s||Up to 520 MB/s||Up to 520 MB/s||Up to 450 MB/s|
|NAND Type||Samsung V-NAND||Samsung V-NAND||Samsung V-NAND||Samsung V-NAND||Samsung V-NAND|
|Warranty (Limited warranty TBW varies by capacity)||Limited 5 Years||Limited 3 Years||Limited 10 Years||Limited 5 Years||Limited 3 Years|
|Recommended For||Ultimate Performance, Gaming and Professional Computing||Advanced Performance, Gaming and Professional Computing||Gaming and Professional Computing||Everyday Computing||Fast and Reliable External Storage|
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|Compatible Devices||Desktop||This drive is compatible with servers and arrays that accept M.2 2280 PCIe drives||—||Desktop||—||—|
|Data Transfer Rate||3938 Gb per second||3938 Mb per second||3500 Mb per second||3430 Mb per second||78 Gb per second||8 Gb per second|
|Device Type||Internal Solid State Drive||Internal Solid State Drive||Solid State Drive, Solid State Drive||—||Internal Solid State Drive||Solid State Drive, Internal Drive|
|Digital Storage Capacity||500 GB||500 GB||500 GB||500 GB||1 TB||1 TB|
|Hard Disk Form Factor||2.00 inches||3.50 inches||—||—||2.50 inches||—|
|Hardware Interface||PCIE x 4||Solid State Drive||PCI Express x4||PCI||SATA 6.0 Gb/s||PCIE x 4|
|Hardware Platform||PC||—||PC||PC||PC, Mac||PC, Mac, Linux|
|Item Dimensions||3.15 x 0.87 x 0.09 inches||0.87 x 3.15 x 0.90 inches||0.87 x 0.90 x 3.15 inches||0.87 x 3.15 x 0.09 inches||3.94 x 2.76 x 0.27 inches||3.15 x 0.87 x 0.09 inches|
|Item Weight||1.84 ounces||1.92 ounces||0.28 ounces||0.27 ounces||1.80 ounces||0.20 ounces|
Discover the next advancement in SSD technology with our high-performance, highly reliable 960 EVO Series NVMe M.2 SSDs. Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) with a new Polaris controller outperforms our SATA SSDs with exceptionally fast read/write speeds, and Samsung TurboWrite technology accelerates write speeds even further. Samsung's Magician software solution provides advanced functionality to manage, monitor and optimize drive performance. Enhanced bandwidth beyond the SATA interface provided by the NVMe interface, combined with the new Polaris controller facilitates sequential Read/Write speeds up to 3,200 MB/s and 1,800 MB/s respectively. Plus, the new Intelligent TurboWrite technology accelerates write speeds even further. Operating Temperature 32 Degrees Fahrenheit - 158 Degrees Fahrenheit.
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Make sure you read in your motherboard manual the speed at which this drive can run with certain pcie lanes being used. If I had used pcie4 on my motherboard it would be running at x2 which is half the speed this drive can utilize.
Also, to another review posted about the lanes on your CPU; Yes the 6700k has 16 lanes for use of pcie 3.0 which is used for your graphics card most of the time. HOWEVER, the reviewer failed to say that the z170 chipset hives you an additional 20 lanes. Which means your GPU can use all those lanes on your CPU and your nvme will function at its best using the chipset lanes. Intel has stated this so please please do not go out and buy a $1000 processor because you feel as if you need more lanes because you don't. Thank you for taking the time to read my review this is honestly a very very good SSD.
My windows 10 steps (upgrading from a Crucial M4 SSD) are as follows:
1. Install Samsung 960 Evo 1TB
2. Install NVMe driver and reboot (necessary to get the full speed/benefit) (Download from Samsung's website)
3. Install Samsung Magician and run the program to make sure the latest firmware is installed. (you can download it from samsung's website).
4. Install Samsung Data Migration Software and run the program to clone the main C drive. (again you can download from samsung's website)
5. Remove main boot drive.
6. Change bios setting to boot the Samsung 960 Evo (if you are using a UEFI bios and installed windows in uefi mode it should say Windows Bootloader: Samsung 960 etc.)
7. Run Samsung Magician to make sure AHCI and Trim is enabled. If not google how to enable.
8. Wipe old SSD and give to a friend
Also, note that Windows was installed in UEFI mode. You can tell windows was installed in UEFI mode since my boot order lists “Windows bootloader: Samsung 960 EVO” rather than “Samsung 960 EVO”. If your Windows 10 install is not in UEFI mode, I would do a clean install and install using UEFI mode making sure GPT is used rather than MBR. The easiest way to do this is to use a windows install usb drive and boot to it in uefi mode.
As far as my review of this drive. It’s insanely fast (see screenshot to see how it does on an x99 Taichi with i7-6850k). I had to switch some of my hdd sata connectors on my motherboard since some of my sata connectors shares lanes with the m.2 (moving it unlocked the screenshot you see). Read your manual to see if this applies to you! Unfortunately, if you are already using a SSD with a 500MB read speed, you will see little benefits for the increased cost. For new builds, this should be on your build list and makes more sense than upgrading. Also note the higher in capacity, the faster the 960 should be (theoretically). Also, using a tpm 2.0 module and bitlocker on the 960 evo 1tb brought the read speed down to 1700 and not affecting the write speed. So even with bitlocker this drive is SUPER FREAKING FAST!
Other thoughts: The watchdogs 2 promotion was an absolute farce and most folks that backordered/purchased this item (including myself) never received the code. Also, make sure you have adequate airflow in your case because this thing can get hot see my screenshot for temps while benchmarking (the temps are current on the left, min in the middle, and max on the right using hwmonitor)
FOR THOSE HAVING ISSUES: I have found that read speeds are affected by two big reasons.
1. The motherboard shares the m.2 with a sata port. FIX: Read your manual and switch which sata ports you are using to a port that isn't shared.
2. TPM modules. FIX: Don't use bitlocker if it bothers you that your read speed goes down.
Summary – I did purchase else where due to earlier availability and a few dollar savings, however, this is a BEAST! I am using this with Lycom DT-120 M.2 PCIe to PCIe 3.0 x4 Adapter (Support M.2 PCIe 2280, 2260, 2242) which was very cheap.
I did a lot of research and this card was my answer to finding a way to add the Evo 960 ssd drive to my pc in a way that actually permits the SSD drive to operate full speed.
AS long as your motherboard supports booting from PCI Express or has a full speed M2 Slot, you can be up and running in little to no time.
Here is the quick list of all I needed to do. Be mindful that I was expecting to have problems, boot issues, bios adjustments and possible windows 10 reload but did not at all. Total swap time less than 30 minutes.
Install SSD onto the new Lycom card. (Just slides into the slot and tightens down with the included screw.)
Install Lycom card into available PCI Express x 16 lane inside your pc. (You can use a x4, x8 or x16 available pci express slot. Not all pins will be used of course.)
Ran Samsung Data Migration Software (free via google) to clone my current EVO 850 to the new drive. (Literally took only 20 minutes.)
Then once it was done the cloned, I shut down, pulled the old SSD sata drive out and rebooted.
My pc booted right away. I expected Windows 10 to give an activation issue and all, but nothing.
This is truly plug and play and has been rock solid so far. I even did a bench of speeds and got maximum speeds!! (A few lower but that could be due to other hardware in my pc.)
Out of the maximum actual speeds of 3200mb/s read and 1900mb/s write, I was able to obtain 2993 mb/s read and 1348 mb/s write.
Very well priced SSD and works amazing. Highly recommend. Wish all the pc hardware I bought installed this smooth.
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Blew my sata ssd out of the water.
Sequential Write : 3089.754 MB/s
Sequential Read : 1628.219 MB/s
Sequential Write : 559.2 MB/s
Sequential Read : 511.2 MB/s
Bought to fit underneath a new Asrock mITX AM4 motherboard (new build Ryzen 1600 cpu). Frankly I only bought because I didn't fancy added one later as this would mean yanking everything back out of the case and wanted the fun of giving the new technology a go. Also the price margin over the more standard SSD 2.5" drive was only about 30 to 40%. So worth avoid the potential hassle, imo.
The increase in speed is due to 4 PCI lanes being assigned to the NVMe drive compared to 1 PCI lane for standard SSD 2.5" sized drives (these work essentally the same as mechanical drives with no physical delay). These four lanes can operate nearly simultaniously hence you would expect a minimum 4 times increase in sequential read speeds.
The difference between the EVO and the PRO version is that the former only performs at top speeds for a limited time frame. In generall unless you're a professional worker dealing with huge files there is no worth in purchasing the PRO giving the price difference. Those doing more typical home user work, including AAA gaming, will almost certainly never notice the difference between EVO/PRO.
Ok now the bad news. These drives run hot, much hotter than SSD and mechanical drives, especially when writing. You may need to consider this before purchasing (see later paragraph). The good news is that they have built in temperature sensors to throttle throughput in effectively the same manner as CPU/GPU throttle. So there is never any chance of burning the drive out. Performance depends on temperature albeit this will always be way above SSD 2.5" levels.
My drive was fitted in a 'worst-case' location, underneath the motherboard with a 5 to 10mm gap to the metal shied compartment housing the the PSU, very low forced air flow likely. Temperatures, idle 30C riasing to 60-70C when under full load benchmarking. Saw little sign of throttling but suspect top temperature must be around 70C or so. Have concluded this is fine for gaming as there is little writing and unless I take up video editting can ignore. There are heat spreaders available for these types of drives (rather costly imo), but consider them pointless if the key problem is lack of air flow. Samsung say the labelling is designed to act as a heat spreader, fine whatever.
Anyway are they worth a 30 to 40% price premium over the SSD?
Franking I am not too interested in benchmarks due to the dependence on temeperature and a general low opinion of there practical worth and prefer to go with 'feelings'. So subjectively in use, by far the most noticable difference occurs on software installation especially if using Windows Updater 10, clearly a boon with a new build. Big difference on any task that leans heavily on 'writes' to the drive. On 'reads' little noticeable difference.
So my answer to the above question would be: If it's a new build and you've got a suitable NVMe M.2 slot, go for it, otherwise don't feel you're missing out on a lot. I wouldn't be inclined to purchase a PCIe slot expansion card to utilise a NVMe drive other than the fun of doing it.
FWIW: My main concern on purchasing was whether I could directly install the OS on the drive without hassle. With Window Updater 10 (Build 1709) and the Asrock mITX Ryzen mobo (Bios 3.6) had no problems at all.
Also looked/researched other brands of NVMe drive and considered it a no-contest to go for Samsung. The price margin just was not big enough although the other brands were will almost certainly be subjectively similar (except for Intel which I would avoid). Of course in time this will not be the case. Also note that very similar looking M.2 slot drives are SATA (and thus appear cheap) and not NVMe (VERY IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE, see above), there performance is little better than SSD 2.5" (and sometimes worst!).
For me, it did make sense. I've paired it with a traditional 1TB 7,200rpm hard disk and will add a 500GB SSD later on down the line. If you have the budget, I'd go for it. If a traditional SSD drive for around half the price will probably yield very similar results for day to day use.
Either that or its now just learnt what i use lol
Useing as a boot drive on a ryzen build and bootup speed is incredible. Its takes longer to post then load win10.
Old ssd was a mx200 whick took 56.2 according to windows. This takes 23.9 seconds.
Recomend use this as boot only and have a fast mechanical drive for mass storeage.
Recommend useing samsungs own driver and not the stock microsoft one as the samsung is definitely more responsive.
None of the energy inefficiency, clicking of heads and spinning thrums of platters. No waste of energy through heat generation or loss compared to mechanical drives.
The old trusty mechanical drives are one step closer to the museum.
(Always keep a good backup routine.)
Good delivery timings and appropriate packaging.
The upgrade was easy and quick. I downloaded the NVMe driver and migration tool from Samsung and the migration was complete in less than 30 mins - the actual migration of about 70GB took about 5 minutes to move the entire boot/system/programs drive onto the new card!
Comparing the new NVMe card to my old AHCI card, and in addition to the added capacity of the new card, CrystalDiskMark 6.0.0 x64 reported the following speed improvements: Sequential Read 3126MB/s up from 2021MB/s, Sequential Write 1843MB/s up from 661MB/s, and all the 4KiB results greatly improved too. Windows already booted up fast enough to be no issue. The new card should be great for 1080HD video editing with lots of SSD<->RAM data transfers. The write speeds in particular look to be at least twice the speed of the AHCI device I have upgraded from.
+ Asus B350 Plus Motherboard
+ Secondary disc is a Evo 850 500GB SATA
+ Cloned old SSD to new SSD with Samsung software, took less than 8 minutes (140GB) (Samsung software)
+ Boot after cloning was straight forward
+ Runs without Samsung driver at max speed PCIE 4x
+ !! Be sure you got the screws, or already have them, for the m2 socket !! (mine was provided with the mainboard)
+ It is so small!
+ Firmware was the latest, already installed, checked with Samsung software
Installation can be very easy on a desktop, be wary when it comes to laptops and look up how you access it for your device.
Once install and the new OS installed (took about 10 minutes if that!) man, the difference is night and day. The response time is instant, the read and writes are fantastic and the bigger capacity helps as I was on holiday collecting drone clips which it did with ease, then creating videos in premiere and using the drive it did speed it up a lot. If you have the money, the NVMe slot, it's well worth it!
It was all worth it though - It is like I have turbocharged my PC with it booting in seconds and everything, especially my developer tools such as JDeveloper and Visual Studio, running so much faster than before. Strangely it also seems to be more stable having had no issues at all with either WIindows installation since migrating to it (fingers firmly crossed).
Bench marks are pretty much bang on at 3200 read speeds and 1500 write speeds what can I say very happy.