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Samsung PM961 or 970 Evo?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by Swiftz, Jul 1, 2018.

  1. Swiftz


    Joined: Jul 20, 2016

    Posts: 88

    Between the Samsung PM961 and 970 Evo NVMe drive, which one is better and faster?
  2. hartgeh3

    Wise Guy

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  3. 4K8KW10


    Joined: Sep 2, 2017

    Posts: 3,615

    The PM961 has better 450k/400k IOPS vs the 200k/350k of the EVO.

    TBH, both are an equal good choice and if I am to prefer something, I would go for the ADATA SX8200.

    970 EVO Polaris 250GB M.2 2280 PCI-e 3.0 x4 NVMe Solid State Drive
    MZ-V7E250BW, 250GB Samsung 970 EVO, M.2 (2280) PCIe 3.0 (x4) NVMe SSD, Phoenix, MLC V-NAND, 3400MB/s Read, 1500MB/s Write, 200k/350k


    PM961 Polaris 256GB M.2-2280 PCI-e 3.0 x 4 NVMe Solid State Drive
    256GB Samsung PM961, M.2 (22x80) PCIe 3.0 (x4) NVMe SSD, MLC NAND, Read 3000MB/s, Write 1150MB/s, 450k/400k IOPS
  4. Swiftz


    Joined: Jul 20, 2016

    Posts: 88

    I read that the PM961 is a OEM drive so it has limited warranty and no firmware updates/support via Samsung Magician so I will probably go for the 970 Evo as I have the 850 Evo in my other build and it is working fine however the Adata SX8200 drive does look compromising for price per GB, speed and the heatsink for cooler temps.
  5. HoneyBadger

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    Joined: Aug 2, 2016

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    Correct. The PM series won’t be updatable where as the Evo or the Pro will.