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PM961 or 960evo/970evo?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by champ222, May 2, 2018.

  1. champ222

    Hitman

    Joined: Aug 19, 2005

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    Location: Beds, UK

    Hi all.

    I searched for PM961, but i got surprisingly low amount of results.

    i may buy a m.2 pcie drive, is the 960 evo or 970 evo a better buy that the PM961? The PM is a little cheaper.

    Thanks
     
  2. Jason_Sturgess

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    Location: Somerset

    You can't really go wrong with the 960 evo or 970 ! I'd wait until the 970 is released next week and buy the 500gb version for £200 :) Comes out on the 7th May. It's better than 960.
     
  3. hyperseven

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    SM961 :cool:, PM's beefier brother.
     
  4. champ222

    Hitman

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    Thanks guys
     
  5. tamzzy

    Soldato

    Joined: May 26, 2012

    Posts: 6,187

    Speed, from slowest to fastest goes like this:
    Pm961 > 960 Evo > sm961 > 960 pro
    970 series just released so don't know how those compare
     
  6. Troezar

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    SM961 looks to be the fastest to me
     
  7. tamzzy

    Soldato

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    not quite, depending on what metric you are comparing :)
    definitely though, there's not much between the sm961 and 960 pro. i'd opt for the sm961 as it's considerably cheaper in most (if not all) cases. granted it has shorter warranty...
     
  8. DarrenM343

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    I'd wait for the 970 personally and splash out for the pro version if you don't mind the extra £. Will probably pick one myself even though I don't really need it but could do with a larger capacity ssd drive(1TB+).
    Was a it disappointed with a 960 Pro due to a firmware issue that took them a while to fix although in hindsight I'm now not sure it affected mine anyway, I was seeing slow performance due to using wrong power plan(performance slower SSD than AMD or Windows balanced). Hopefully the bad firmware was just a one off - will try another Sammy drive.
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2018
  9. Troezar

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    Yes the devil is definitely in the detail. I read that very few workloads go over QD4 let alone get to QD32 and I see Samsung are now quoting QD1 speeds which seem more relevant to the average user.

    The WD Black NVME drives also look pretty good. I'd just like to see prices for a 1TB drop below £200.
     
  10. tamzzy

    Soldato

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    Do be careful, the first gen are pigs. It's the 2nd gen blacks that will give the Sammys a run for their money.
     
  11. Troezar

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    Good to know, thanks.
     
  12. tamzzy

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    Also the only identifying difference between the two with respect to the packaging is the read/write speeds. A bit of a PITA.
     
  13. Charlie Bravo

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    1st gen WD Black were 256/512 whereas 2nd gens are 250/500/1tb.