Windows 10: NVMe vs Sata 3 SSD Performance Comparison

  1.    03 Jun 2017 #1

    NVMe vs Sata 3 SSD Performance Comparison

    Today I got the Samsung 960 Pro 512Gb NVMe drive. Previously I was using the Samsung 850 Pro 512GB drive.

    The two screenshots below show the difference between Sata 3 based SSD and an NVMe one.

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    So for those of you who are thinking about getting one and weren't aware of the difference in performance, I think its definitely worth it.
    Last edited by swarfega; 03 Jun 2017 at 16:51.
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  2.    03 Jun 2017 #2

    The 960 and 850 are pretty huge differences in technology. A better comparison would be the 950 and the 850, which I just so happen to have. Using the default tests:

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    Interesting thing to note. The above numbers seemed a little low to me, so I ran a second test on my D: drive which is completely empty and got much higher numbers. Make of that what you will. They're both NVMe, on the same computer.

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  3.    04 Jun 2017 #3


    My own Patriot MVMe drive (which I do not recommend to anyone by the way) is falling inbetween the two.
    Major issue with these drives is thermal throtling so cooling is essential.
    Other than benchmarking, I am rather underwelmed all in all. Mostly by the current products implementation, not by the inherent potential.
    IOW, the technology is bottlenecked by MB's a few years old and yes, cooling.

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  4.    05 Jun 2017 #4

    NVMe drives may be much faster than SATA drives because of interface but not all are like that.
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  5.    05 Jun 2017 #5


    Care to elaborate on that Mike ?

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       05 Jun 2017 #6

    One more for the pot. NVMe PM961 SSD SAMSUNG

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