Samsung SSD 950 Pro M.2 Wrap Up
Performance Summary: The Samsung SSD 950 PRO M.2 is one heck of a high-performing solid state drive for the money. Across our entire battery of tests, the SSD 950 PRO M.2 competed very well against the somewhat more expensive Intel SSD 750, trading victories throughout. The Samsung drive outpaced the Intel SSD 7500 with small data transfers, as evidenced by our ATTO testing, and also in the trace-based PCMark storage benchmark, where the Samsung SSD 950 PRO M.2 put up the highest overall score we have seen to date from a single SSD.
Samsung SSD 950 PRO M.2 Series -- Find Them At Amazon
Samsung has set the MSRPs for the 256GB and 512GB SSD 950 PRO M.2 drives at $199 and $349, respectively, which works out to $.77 and $.68 per gigabyte. Even at their full MSRPs, the Samsung SSD 950 PRO M.2 drives are competitively priced, and are more affordable than the Intel SSD 750, which can currently be had for about $.89 per/GB. But street prices for Samsung’s SSDs have typically trickled lower than MSRP, which should make the drives even more attractive once availability ramps up.
In the end, we think Samsung has done a killer job with the Samsung SSD 950 PRO M.2 drives. They are fast and affordable and the M.2 form factor makes them well suited for mobile and small form factor applications, or bleeding edge Skylake based systems. All told, these drives are an easy pick for our Editor’s Choice award.