Samsung might have launched its 860 EVO and PRO range in late January 2018, but now comes the new 970 PRO and EVO models in NVMe M.2 format only.
Billed as "the third generation of its industry-leading consumer solid state drive (SSD) lineup", Samsung proudly boasts of "having led the market with the first consumer-focused NVMe SSD in 2015" and continuing to "push the performance barriers with this latest generation of SSDs that are built for tech enthusiasts and professionals so that they can enjoy higher bandwidth for intensive workloads on PCs and workstations".
This is especially so in a world where traditional hard drives are simply too slow for Windows and macOS, and in a world where PC makers still persist in delivering computers with those dog-slow spinning drives as the boot drive just to reach a price point that, sadly, hurts the consumer experience.
Thankfully, you won't have any such problems with a Samsung 970 PRO or EVO in your computer, with Un-Soo Kim, senior vice-president of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics, stating: "Samsung has led the NVMe SSD industry since its inception, and the company continues to define the latest standards of consumer storage with unprecedented performance of the 970 PRO and EVO SSDs.
“The 970 series sets a new bar in all aspects for the NVMe SSD market with groundbreaking performance, superior reliability and best-in-class capacity.”
Now, unlike SSDs in the 7mm high, 2.5-inch notebook drive form factor, Samsung's 970 PRO and EVO are "designed based on the M.2 form factor standard and with the latest PCIe Gen 3x4 lane interface".
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As Samsung explains, its 970 series "maximises the potential of NVMe bandwidth, delivering unparalleled performance for processing large volumes of data, including 3D, 4K graphics work, high-end games and data analytics".
What Samsung promises performance-wise is that the 970 PRO "enables sequential read speed of up to 3,500 MB/s and sequential write speed of up to 2,700 MB/s, while the EVO features sequential read speed of up to 3,500 MB/s and sequential write speed of up to 2,500 MB/s".
This is billed as the sequential write speeds representing "an enhancement of up to 30% over the previous generation, thanks to Samsung’s latest V-NAND technology and the newly designed Phoenix controller".
We're told that the 970 EVO, in particular, "utilises the Intelligent TurboWrite technology, which uses a large buffer size of up to 78GB to enable faster write speeds".
And, for those wondering about endurance, Samsung has delivered above and beyond the advancements in performance levels.
The company assures us all that "the 970 PRO and EVO deliver exceptional endurance and reliability" with "a five-year warranty, or up to 1200 terabytes written – 50% higher than those provided for the previous generation", which sees Samsung state that "the 970 PRO and EVO are built to last".
Faster speeds and greater endurance are augmented by a "Dynamic Thermal Guard technology" which safeguards "against overheating by automatically monitoring and maintaining optimal operating temperatures, while a heat spreader and new nickel-coated controller further lower the SSD temperatures".
All of this also means "greater system design flexibility for the high-performance computing systems," with the "compact M.2 form factor — including the single-sided 2TB EVO model — enabling convenient storage expansion across a wide range of computing devices".
The 970 EVO will be offered in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities, with the 970 PRO in 512GB and 1TB capacities, with availability worldwide from 7 May.
Australian RRP prices are as follows:
SSD 970 PRO
- MZ-V7P1T0BW – 1TB - $919.00
- MZ-V7P512BW – 512GB - $479.00
SSD 970 EVO
- MZ-V7E2T0BW – 2TB - $1,239.00
- MZ-V7E1T0BW – 1TB - $649.00
- MZ-V7E500BW – 500GB - $339.00
- MZ-V7E250BW – 250GB - $175.00
Here are the specs; Samsung's video is below.
Here is Samsung's video promoting the new 970 series: