Originally Posted by Avant Garde
Samsung 960 Pro 512GB in Austria costs 342€
EDIT: wow, nvm. Thought you said 960 "EVO" was that price, the 960 pro for only
342€ is actually quite good considering exchange rate would put it at close to 400€
Originally Posted by Burke888
Thank you for the detailed post.
So am I correct in assuming the main benefit to this M.2 stick would be for transferring files? I was hoping for faster boot times and hopefully blazing fast load times for the games that go on it. Maybe I am wrong?
The largest benefit is for large file transfers, sustained file transfers, and for high queue depth work (high queue depth means that the drive is doing multiple things at once basically. So if you tend to transfer a bunch of separate files at the same time instead of transferring one and then waiting till it finishes to start a 2nd and 3rd etc.. then you'd see some benefit)
That doesn't mean that you still wouldn't see a fairly substantial general speed increase. It's just that due to those diminishing returns you shouldn't expect the upgrade to this NVMe 960 pro to be as big as you saw going from a hard drive to your 850 EVO, for example. Using my earlier example, if the hard drive takes 25 seconds to load a real intensive open world game, and the 850 EVO gives 600mb/s instead of 100mb/s (6x faster), giving you game load times of ~4.2 Seconds (that means that moving to a SATA SSD improved your load times by 20.3 seconds which is very noticeable!) but then you take the 4.7 seconds your 850 EVO gives, and compare it to the 960 PRO, you see that you're getting ~3500mb/s speeds which would be roughly 5.8x - 6x faster than the ~550-600mb/s the 850 EVO gets.
So overall if your transfer speeds were 25 seconds on a hard drive and ~4.2 seconds on the 850 EVO, then in the best case scenario you would see roughly ~0.8 seconds load time on the 960 PRO. That's technically still a six times faster load time, but it's harder to notice the difference between slightly under 1 second and 4 seconds; although if you play a lot of games it could add up quite a bit.
Basically it boils down to whether you think it's worth it to buy this to get your load times from ~4-5 seconds to around 1-2 seconds at most. And of course you'd also get much faster transfer speeds like mentioned, and your windows OS load times when starting the PC would improve similarly (if it takes 10 seconds on the 850 EVO SATA SSD you could see as low as ~2-3 seconds on te 960 EVO/PRO)Edited by DarkIdeals - 10/9/16 at 3:03pm