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How far we've come!
May 10, 2018
Amazing technology. I wanted the 960 series so bad but kept waiting for a price drop that never came. Now with the newer and better 970 series, I pulled the trigger and purchased one. This is the first time I've actually got my hands on an NVMe drive. I always thought they were about the size of RAM, but they are closer to a stick of gum in size. I can't believe how small they are. Installation is easy as long as you can get to it. In my case it's between PCIe slots so I had to remove my graphics card to install it. The BIOS saw it right away, then I simply used free partition-copying software to transfer the logical partitions and MBR to from my 750 EVO to my new 970. Then I set BIOS to boot from the new "stick of gum" and disabled the others. As a final step I removed drive letters from the two reserved partitions on the boot drive and reformatted the old boot drive to a blank GPT. I can definitively tell a difference when loading applications with a large footprint compared to the SATA-based SSD. I was hoping to see a noticeable difference in boot-time-to-desktop, but it's hard to tell. But when moving from Samsung SSD to faster Samsung SSD, trying to notice time savings is like splitting hairs. At this price point the drive is worth every penny.
Edit: Included a benchmark. 2,759 MB/sec write, and 2,313 MB/sec read. If you remember 3.5" floppies, this is like reading 1915 diskettes every second.
Edit2: After realizing that I wasn't getting the rated speed (which no one will probably actually see), I started to look into it and I made sure that I had the latest BIOS update, the latest chipset and storage drivers, and the Samsung NVME driver. After doing all that, I re-ran the benchmark and now I'm over the 3000 MB/sec mark! It's fast out of the box but with proper setup it can be much faster!