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Samsung 960 EVO 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD Review

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The front of the box has a part image of the drive together with its capacity and the interface it uses. The rear of the box displays the warranty length and multilingual statements of where to find more warranty and product information.

 

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Inside the box there is a plastic tray which holds the drive, sitting underneath a warranty and installation guide and that’s all you get, no other fancy bits and bobs.

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The drive is built on a standard 2280 (22mm wide, 80mm long) M.2 format. All the components are on one side of the PCB. The rear of the drive is partly covered by a label, but this is no ordinary label, no sir, this is a thermal protection label. Constructed of six layers the label has a thin copper layer sitting on top of the first layer of adhesive that fixes the label to the drive to dissipate the heat generated by the drive.

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The SSD960 EVO doesn’t use the 4-Landing or POP (Package-on-Package) design for the drive components that the SSD960 PRO 2TB model used. Instead, we have a more conventional layout. Two 512GB 48-layer 3-bit TLC V-NAND packages are joined by a 1GB LPDDR3 cache chip and the Polaris controller.

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