Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500 GB M.2 NVMe Review

Here are the SSD specs according to the manufacturer …

Manufacturer Samsung
Article number MZ-V6E500
Capacity 512 GB V-NAND
Interface PCIe Gen3.0 x4, NVMe 1.1
Cache 512 MB LP DDR3
Controller Samsung Polaris Controller
Flash Type Samsung 3D V-NAND TLC – Triple-Level-Cell with SLC TurboWrite
Size M.2 (80.15 x 22.15 x 2.38mm)
Weight approx. 8.5 grams
Speed Read up to 3200MB/s up to 1800MB/s write (TurboWrite) 600 MB/s (after TurboWrite)
MTBF 1.5 million hours to 200 TBW (Tera Bytes Written), which corresponds to 110 GB per day for over 5 years.
Miscellaneous SMART Support – Self-Monitoring and Reporting Technology, TRIM, Garbage Collection, 256-Bit AES-Encryption, TCG/Opal.

At this point we are sorry that we can not show you the usual screenshot of the CrystalDiskInfo 4.3.0 SSD and HDD information software, because the Samsung 960 Evo was not supported. With external temperature measurement we could reach a maximum M.2 SSD temperature of 58.6°C in the Ultra M.2 slot below the graphics card. So the internal measurement is just over 70°C. This is regarding the low power consumption a fairly high temperature, but for M.2 and mSATA PCBs quite common.

On the basis of the write values, we observed no lower data rate due to thermal protection function since the write speed is reduced anyway after the fast SLC cache to approx. 600 MB/s. Contrary, the Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD transfer rate has been reduced to lower the SSD temperature after longer transfer rates. Anyway, who like to reduce the SSD temperature, could perform an active SSD cooling by direct ventilation or attach commercially available silicone heat transfer pads to the top of the PCB. On the bottom of the SSD, Samsung has already a solution, more on the next page.

Samsung 960 Evo 500 GB Layout, design and features …