The Samsung 970 EVO Plus PCIe NMVe M.2 SSD has broken its
previous speed and IOPS records with 3500/3300 sequential read/write and
620,000/560,000 random read/write IOPS.
The Samsung 970 EVO Plus (website here) is for computing devices that support M.2 (2280 cards) and have PCIe Gen 3.0 x4 lanes and NVMe 1.3 (or later). It is available in Australia in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacity.
Speed and capacity come from using its new fifth-generation
Samsung 9x-layer V-NAND 3-bit MLC. This enables up to 57% in write speed – as
well as increased power efficiency over its predecessor, the 970 EVO.
In speed tests using Crystal Disk Mark it and the incredible Intel Hades Canyon NUC with dual M.2 slots for SATA 600 or PCIe NVMe SSDs we beat Samsung’s claims. It achieves 3536.2/3322.6 sequential read. The Phoenix controller is for outright speed where other SSDs may focus on large file transfers etc.
To better manage any heat issues the EVO 970 Plus uses a
nickel-coated controller and heat spreader. A Dynamic Thermal Guard
automatically monitors and maintains optimal operating temperatures to minimise
Samsung 970 EVO Plus
Price per GB
Five-year wty or TBW (TB)
As this is a new product, there are no online deals yet. The
970 EVO (not Plus) may be better value and offers 3200/2500MBps sequential
read/write and 500,000/480,000 IOPS random read/write.
Management and cloning Software
A new version of Samsung Magician 5.3 software (Windows
only) has a range of new management features. It is for firmware updates,
performance benchmarking, drive health and total bytes written check, secure
erase, data security/encryption and can implement a rapid mode.
You can read GadgetGuy’s
guide to a clean install of Windows 10 here. It may give you the courage to DIY.
GadgetGuy’s take: Samsung
970 EVO Plus
If you are a speed demon,
then this is the one to get. Samsung design and make every component to ensure
it is class leading.
It is single-sided,
so will fit all M.2 slots (cheaper double-sided don’t always fit) and in our
tests it remained the coolest of all due to its copper foil heatsink – you should
not experience thermal throttling issues. It also uses what is probably the most
advanced 90x VNAND on the planet.
Value for money
Ease of Use
Samsung designed and made for maximum speed and reliability
Integrated heatsink to reduce any poissible throttling issues