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High-end PCIe SSD shootout: ADATA vs. Plextor vs. OCZ vs. Samsung

By Kenny Yeo - 4 Feb 2017

OCZ RD400 & Samsung SSD 960 Pro


The OCZ RD400 is the company's latest flagship drive and its a formidable performer.

The OCZ RD400 and Samsung SSD 960 Pro were featured in standalone reviews earlier, so we will only be recapping them here. The RD400 is OCZ’s latest flagship and it supports the PCIe 3.0 x4 interface and new NVMe protocol. Since OCZ has been acquired by Toshiba, it naturally uses a Toshiba-branded controller and Toshiba’s latest 15nm MLC NAND. And as we found out in our earlier review, the RD400 marks a return to form for OCZ. It’s a fast and consistent drive, and it also comes with an extremely comprehensive warranty program.

To find out more about the OCZ RD400, we encourage you to check out our earlier review here.

Samsung SSD 960 Pro

The Samsung SSD 960 Pro is the fastest drive we have ever tested, but will it be dethrone by our new contenders?

For the past couple of years, Samsung has introduced a new flagship SSD at its annual SSD Global Summit. 2016 was no different and its new flagship drive is the SSD 960 Pro. The SSD 960 Pro supports PCIe 3.0 x4 and the NVMe protocol. But more importantly, it uses Samsung’s new 5-core Polaris controller and its very own 48-layer MLC V-NAND. The results are staggering. The SSD 960 Pro posted some of the highest numbers we have ever seen from a consumer SSD. Coupled with its attractive pricing, the SSD 960 Pro will be the drive to beat in this shootout. 

But if that’s not enough, Samsung recently released its own NVMe drivers for the SSD 960 Pro and says that the drivers will boost performance even further. Therefore, we will be testing the SSD 960 Pro with Samsung’s new NVMe drivers to see if there’s any improvements in performance.

To find out more about the SSD 960 Pro, we encourage you to check out our earlier review here.

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