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SSDs can be a great way to speed up a PC, but for those in pursuit of the ultimate performance, the Samsung 960 Pro is king. The problem is that it costs up to an eye watering $1700, albeit for a massive 2TB. For those on a slightly more modest budget, Samsung has now also released the more affordable 960 Evo.

We covered the launch back in September, but how do the drives stack up in the real world? (Spoiler - they are stupidly fast).

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It’s that time of year again, when Samsung announces their latest solid state drives at an SSD summit in Seoul, Korea. Performance is the name of the game, with a new NVMe drive that bests last years 950 Pro by a decent margin. There is also a slightly more budget friendly EVO drive, which also offers top notch performance. So how much do they cost (spoiler, up to $1700!), and how did Samsung manage to improve speeds yet again?

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Samsung has begun mass producing the industry's first NVMe PCIe solid state drive (SSD) in a single ball grid array (BGA) package.

The tiny (we're talking 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm, weighing just a single gram here) new BGA NVMe SSD, named PM971-NVMe, has everything you'd expect from a full sized SSD — including NAND flash memory, DRAM and controller — and more.

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The Samsung Portable SSD T3 is an external solid state drive that is smaller than a business card, weighs 51 grams and comes with up to 2TB capacity.

You'll get fast file transfers based on sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MB/s with a USB 3.1 interface — up to four times faster than some alternative external HDD solutions.

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When I bought my Macbook Pro a year ago, I was feeling so internally guilty about spending $US1500 ($2,011) on a laptop that I only paid for 128GB of storage, a decision I've regretted about three times per day ever since. This solution isn't cheap, but at least it will stop me whining.

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Solid-state drives are superior to hard drives in every way but one: they're faster, lighter, and less fragile, but they're also more expensive. The last one has been the only thing keeping HDDs alive, and that thread appears to be getting thinner by the day.

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Samsung's SSDs have always been fast. We were big fans of the 840 Pro, and its mainstream Evo variant — it was the first SSD to crack through the 1TB storage barrier. Then the 850 Pro and Evo came around, and we thought things couldn't get too much better. As it turns out, they couldn't — not unless Samsung tried out a new form factor and high-speed data connector.

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Need massive yet fast storage that you can slip in a pocket? Samsung has just launched an external SSD using their new 3D V-NAND, but how much will it set you back here in Australia?

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Solid-state drives (SSDs) are already fast, in fact, a little too fast. That doesn't mean we're going to say no to even more performance, even if data transport protocols need to catch up. While flash memory itself continues to improve in durability, speed and density, there's also work ongoing on the software side, with a team of researchers in Japan reportedly boosting existing drive speeds with a simple middleware change.