Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1 TB M.2 NVMe Review

Here are the SSD specs according to the manufacturer …

Manufacturer Samsung
Article number MZ-V6P1T0
Capacity 1024 GB V-NAND
Interface PCIe Gen3.0 x4, NVMe 1.2
Cache 1GB LP DDR3
Controller Samsung Polaris Controller
Flash Type Samsung 3D V-NAND MLC – Multi-Level-Cell
Size M.2 (80.15 x 22.15 x 2.38mm)
Weight approx. 8.5 grams
Speed Read up to 3500MB/s up to 2100MB/s write
MTBF 1.5 million hours to 800 TBW (Tera Bytes Written), which corresponds to 438 GB per day for over 5 years.
Miscellaneous SMART Support – Self-Monitoring and Reporting Technology, TRIM, Garbage Collection, 256-Bit AES-Encryption (FDE), TCG/Opal.

At this point we are sorry that we can not show show you the usual screenshot of the CrystalDiskInfo 4.3.0 SSD and HDD information software, because the Samsung 960 Pro was not supported. With external temperature measurement we could reach a maximum M.2 SSD temperature of 58.2°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.

As can be seen for example on the following graph based on the writing values, the M.2 SSD transfer rate is reduced to lower the SSD temperature after longer transfer rates. If you like to reduce the SSD temperature for longer maximum transfer rates, 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 Pro 1 TB Layout, design and features …