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The Samsung 960 EVO 500 GiB

Figure 1 shows the box of the Samsung 960 EVO 500 GiB.

Samsung 950 EVO 500 GiB SSDFigure 1: the Samsung 960 EVO 500 GiB package

On Figure 2, we see the Samsung 960 EVO 500 GiB. It comes as a single M.2 drive, with no adapter for a PCI Express slot.

Samsung 950 EVO 500 GiB SSDFigure 2: the Samsung 960 EVO 500 GiB

On the bottom of the PCB (solder side,) there is no chip, seen in Figure 3.

Samsung 950 EVO 500 GiB SSDFigure 3: bottom side

Removing the sticker, we see the component side of the PCB. There are two flash memory chips, one DDR3 buffer chip, and the controller chip.

Samsung 950 EVO 500 GiB SSDFigure 4: component side of the PCB

The controller chip used by the 960 EVO is the Samsung Polaris, seen in Figure 5.

Samsung 950 EVO 500 GiB SSDFigure 5: Polaris controller chip

The Samsung 960 EVO 500 GiB uses a LPDDR3 512 MiB chip, presented in Figure 6, as a data buffer.

Samsung 950 EVO 500 GiB SSDFigure 6: buffer memory chip

The Samsung V-NAND TCL flash memory chips are marked K90MGY8S7M. This “V” stands for vertical manufacturing, called “3D” for other manufacturers, where the semiconductor layers are stacked, unlike 2D (“planar”) chips.

Samsung 950 EVO 500 GiB SSDFigure 7: flash memory chip

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