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Samsung 1TB SM961 Single Sided Polaris V-NAND MLC 80mm (2280) M.2 PCI Express 3.0 x4 (PCIe Gen3 x4) NVMe OEM SSD - MZVKW1T0HMLH

This is analog Samsung 960 Pro

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Saw this earlier in the Newegg email this morning and was tempted to pick this up for an AMD Zen 2 build in a couple of months:-

Pros:-
- It uses MLC 3D stacked NAND that should be longer lasting
- Similar to Samsung 960 Pro (but performance may be a little different due to firmware)

Cons:-
- No real support; you cannot upgrade firmware (the picture, if correct, has revision 0)
- It's last generation 48 layer 3D stacking and not the latest Samsung controller
- It's technically slower than the 1TB NVME 960 Evo; but one would hope that the endurance is better?

If I had to buy today, this would still be my pick as I'm a fan of MLC and the price is very good.

However, Zen 2 chipsets support PCIe 4.0 that has double bandwidth; so I expect that we will see better NVME's on the horizon when Zen 2 releases. I expect these will likely be 2x the price as well (and minimal real world performance difference). I'd actually be more interested in a 2 lane PCIe 4.0 as this will get the same performance as today and allow multiple NVME drives (lanes are limited on most motherboards).
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SM961 analog 960 Pro - V-NAND MLC
PM961 analog 960 Evo - V-NAND TLC
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Title should state SATA or NVMe, please. (It only says M.2, which could be either.)
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Title should state SATA or NVMe, please. (It only says M.2, which could be either.)
Title contains - M.2 PCI Express.
Added NVMe.
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Saw this earlier in the Newegg email this morning and was tempted to pick this up for an AMD Zen 2 build in a couple of months:-

Pros:-
- It uses MLC 3D stacked NAND that should be longer lasting
- Similar to Samsung 960 Pro (but performance may be a little different due to firmware)

Cons:-
- No real support; you cannot upgrade firmware (the picture, if correct, has revision 0)
- It's last generation 48 layer 3D stacking and not the latest Samsung controller
- It's technically slower than the 1TB NVME 960 Evo; but one would hope that the endurance is better?

If I had to buy today, this would still be my pick as I'm a fan of MLC and the price is very good.

However, Zen 2 chipsets support PCIe 4.0 that has double bandwidth; so I expect that we will see better NVME's on the horizon when Zen 2 releases. I expect these will likely be 2x the price as well (and minimal real world performance difference). I'd actually be more interested in a 2 lane PCIe 4.0 as this will get the same performance as today and allow multiple NVME drives (lanes are limited on most motherboards).
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is the seller reliable one?
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It's not much slower than the 960 EVO. It has 3.2 GB read and 1.8 GB write. In line with prices of other similier stats NvME drives.
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is the seller reliable one?
MyDigitalDiscount is best-known as the OEM of the MyDigitalSSD series, but they also sell and warranty SSDs made by other companies. They're reputable.

This is a pretty good deal for real 2-bit Samsung 3D MLC, especially at 1TB.
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I like this SSD. Read a review on it.

https://www.tomshardware.com/revi...,4608.html
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Firmware update will be possible but why not get the HP EX920/EX950 over this!
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Firmware update will be possible but why not get the HP EX920/EX950 over this!
This is MLC and that's TLC
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Firmware update will be possible but why not get the HP EX920/EX950 over this!
Link to where you can upgrade the firmware?

This seemed problematic from my reading; one suggestion was to buy a cheap brand name laptop, such as Levono, that offered this OEM drive as an option and upgrade from their website.
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ebay selles new pm981 (newer version) for the same price
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