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Samsung 960 EVO vs WDC Black PCIE

I'm looking on upgrading to an NVMe SSD but i'm in a dilemma in choosing between the Samsung 960 EVO 250GB and the WDC Black PCIE 256GB

can someone tell me how different they are in terms of performance and reliability? both are reputable brands but I think WD is new to the SSD industry and so I thought their product might not be better than the latter? plus the samsung 960 evo is more expensive, so will that added cost be worth it in the long run?

thanks in advance!
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    Haven't really seen a review on the WD drive yet, but when it comes to NVMe storage, until now, Samsung has been the only reliable option. I'd go with the 960, it's a solid drive(literally, haha).

    You can see what I'm talking about here:

    http://ssd.userbenchmark.com/Compare/WD-Black-NVMe-PCIe-M2-256GB-vs-Samsung-960-Evo-NVMe-PCIe-M2-250GB/m237667vsm200373
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  2. The 960 evo crushes the WD black in every performance metric. They both use TLC VNAND so endurance should be comparable between the two. I would cerianly get the 960 evo if I had the choice between the two.

    Do you need an NVME SSD? Depending on what you plan to do with the drive a larger, cheaper SATA SSD may be the better choice. If you plan to just game and use the computer for other normal tasks a SATA SSD is going to give you more value with likely no noticeable difference in real world performance.

    http://www.storagereview.com/wd_black_pcie_ssd_review
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  3. Dunlop0078 said:
    The 960 evo crushes the WD black in every performance metric. They both use TLC VNAND so endurance should be comparable between the two. I would cerianly get the 960 evo if I had the choice between the two.

    Do you need an NVME SSD? Depending on what you plan to do with the drive a larger, cheaper SATA SSD may be the better choice. If you plan to just game and use the computer for other normal tasks a SATA SSD is going to give you more value with likely no noticeable difference in real world performance.

    http://www.storagereview.com/wd_black_pcie_ssd_review


    just asking out of curiosity, in what situation would you consider using an NVMe SSD?
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  4. XFA24 said:


    just asking out of curiosity, in what situation would you consider using an NVMe SSD?


    An NVMe is usually faster when it comes to sequential transfers. Sequential transfers are very rare in everyday use - one of the most common example of sequential read/write is copying a huge file/chunk of data from one drive to another. Unless you move huge amounts of data everyday from drive to drive, NVMe really isn't worth it most of the time. There are a few other cases, but almost all of them are corner cases, and the person to whom those apply already know their needs generally. For example, a content creator on YouTube might have huge raw files and rendered videos that they may backup on a disk or a cloud. Those kinds of things are where NVMe drives shine. For a general gaming PC, a SATA SSD and an NVMe SSD have almost the same performance, maybe a few seconds worth of difference here and there. Most people are fine on a SATA SSD.
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  5. ^As said above.
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