Samsung brings the 960 EVO, a new line of PCI-Express solid-state drives (SSDs) that offer performance that matches the current SSD 950 Pro series, but priced lower. These drives leverage the company’s 48-layer 3D-VNAND flash memory, and the new “Polaris” SSD controller by Samsung, which gives a performance that beats the 950 Pro.
Tom’s Hardware discovered that the Samsung PM961 drives are analogous to the 960 EVO, featuring identical components – the “Polaris” controller, and 48-layer TLC 3D-VNAND flash chips. The new drives come in capacities of 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB, with sequential transfer rates of up to 3000 MB/s reads, with up to 1150 MB/s writes; up to 360,000 IOPS 4K random read, and up to 280,000 IOPS 4K random write. The 960 EVO will ship in M.2 NGFF-2280 and PCIe add-on card form-factors, with PCI-Express 3.0 x4 bus interfaces. The drives will support the NVMe protocol.