Theis one of the most popular solid state drives (SSDs) on the market, and now there's a much faster upgrade for it, the 960 Evo that Samsung announced today. But this new drive cannot literally take the place of its predecessor. It is only available in the new M.2 design and not in the traditional 2.5-inch SATA design.
M.2 is a new interface that uses the PCI Express standard, which was once reserved only for graphics cards to connect to a computer's motherboard. This interface enables a much higher bandwidth (currently up to 32 gigabits per second or 4,000 megabytes per second) than the existing SATA interface with only 6 Gbit / s.
M.2 is a new interface standard that is expected to completely replace SATA in the future. The fact that Samsung doesn't offer a SATA version of the 960 Evo is a clear indication of this trend. To use an M.2 drive, your computer must have an M.2 slot. You need a PCIe adapter for existing desktops.
According to Samsung, the new 960 Evo has a top read speed of up to 3,200 Mbit / s and a write speed of up to 1,900 Mbit / s. The direct access performance is over 380,000 input / output processes per second (IOPS), making it one of the fastest SSDs on the market.
However, it shares properties with its older brother. The new drive also uses Samsung's 3D VNAND flash memory and supports TurboWrite, a technique that uses a small amount of high-performance SLC flash memory as a buffer to significantly increase the write speed. It has a new five-core controller, four of which manage NAND performance. The last core is used to optimize communication between the host computer and controller. Like previous Samsung SSDs, the new drive also supports hardware encryption.
The new Samsung SSD 960 Evo is available with capacities of 250 GB, 500 GB and 1 TB for USD 129, USD 249 and USD 479. UK and Australia prices are still to be announced, but these converted prices are £ 65 / AU $ 170, £ 200 / AU $ 330 and £ 385 / AU $ 635, respectively.