When you hear HP you don’t necessarily think high performance NVMe solid state drives, but I have to same I am very impressed with what they’ve done with the SSD EX950. It sits in the top-end of the Gen3 drives that we’ve tested, while not the fastest, the performance is still very impressive. In CrystalDiskMark we saw read speeds of 3232 MB/s and write speeds of 2485 MB/s.
Another thing I really like about this drive is the TLC write performance. Yes you are going to see performance degradation for long sustained writes, but this only happens when you are writing massively large files. We noticed performance starting to drop around 15% into the 2TB write, which would be 300GB. So unless you are writing multiple large files you’ll never see that performance drop.
HP also backs this drive with a 5 year warranty and a TBW rating of 650 TB, which is very impressive when many drives only offer a 3-year warranty. Of course pricing comes into play if you are considering this drive. Right now the 2TB version is selling at our favorite online retailer for $289.99, which makes it $0.14 per GB. Looking at other 2TB drives with similar performance they are very close in pricing as well. Based on price I would say the EX950 is a very good deal. It is pretty crazy to think that only a couple of years ago prices for drives like this were around $0.45 – $0.55 a GB.
HP does market this drive as a gamers drive, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at it. There is no flashy heatspreader or even a cool sticker, just an ordinary white one.
Overall ThinkComputers gives the HP SSD EX950 2TB M.2 Solid State Drive a 9 out of 10 score.
– Great overall performance
– Write degradation only happens 300GB in
– 650 TBW rating
– 5 year warranty
– Not the fastest Gen3 drive we’ve tested
– Looks very plain compared to other gaming drives