Chris, I also appreciate the honest conclusion. This drive is at least better than the Intel 600p; however, the pricing really makes it lose any appeal for me. I would definitely go with Samsung for the performance.
I wonder why they just didn't go with an m.2 option and then have an pci adapter. I'd almost expect most people wanting to buy this will have a board that will have at least one m.2 slot. I'm just not into using my express slots unless it need to be used.