The following images were taken at high-resolution and then cropped and scaled down. The camera used was a Canon DSLR shooting 12 MegaPixel photos. Right then, packaging.
As always we start off with packaging. Samsung uses a nice black packaging with orange marking the EVO series. Inside the lightweight package we have the 1TB sample. Performance is listed as 3200 MB/s for reads and 1900 MB/sec for writes with roughly 360K IOPS at 4k random writes QD32 aligned disk access with our tested model. For the 512GB model these would be 330K IOPS however with similar sequential performance.
Above, the tested unit; you should easily be able to place the M.2 unit into a compatible motherboard. Most X99/Z97/Z170 and future boards with chipsets support it, so yes newer X99s do as well. You should however check out with the motherboard manufacturer if you have a x4 lane PCIe version with NVMe protocol support. The latest windows 10 iteration has an up-to date NVMe 1.2 protocol driver natively, so you do not need to install a 3rd party driver.
The compact M.2 2280 form factor ensures compatibility with next-generation desktop and mobile platforms that support the M.2 PCIe slot and interface. And yes, the backside reveals no components used. On the next page we'll look under stat sticker and you will be surprised by a thing or two.
8cm = 80mm, yup that's the M.2 2280 form factor. We'll use the M.2 unit on an X99 platform. The unit can also withstand physical shock of up to 1500G/0.5ms and vibrations up to 20G. The controller once again runs hot though, we'll show you that with a thermal image.
Samsung offers a 3-year limited warranty up to 200 / 400 / 800 Terabytes written (TBW) for the 250 GB, 500 GB and 1TB versions (respectively). That is still pretty nice endurance to be honest.