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Samsung 970 EVO M.2 SSD Conclusion

IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes occurring after publication which might render our rating obsolete. Please do not base any purchase solely on this conclusion, as it represents our rating specifically for the item tested which may differ from future versions. Benchmark Reviews begins our conclusion with a short summary for each of the areas that we rate.

Our performance rating compares how effective the 1TB Samsung SSD 970 EVO performed in benchmark operations against competing M.2 solid state drive storage solutions. For reference, Samsung specifications suggest 3500 MB/s maximum reads and 2500 MB/s maximum write speeds for the 970 EVO series. In our storage benchmark tests, the 970 EVO essentially met these ratings. ATTO Disk Benchmark delivered 3154/2475 MBps peak read/writes speeds, placing it among the top performers. Sequential read/write speed tests with AS-SSD Benchmark produced 3064/2414 MBps, and 3562/2479 in CrystalDiskMark tests. Linear testing with AIDA64 Disk Benchmark produced a solid 2890 MB/s read speed, but write performance suffered from a quickly filled 1GB DDR4 buffer that promptly dropped from 2464 MB/s down to 864 MB/s.

Performance for Samsung 970 EVO is best summarized as very fast, and capable of handling high I/O tasks.

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Solid State Drives are typically only seen during installation, and then promptly forgotten. So with regard to appearance, it is truly a function over fashion proposition. Keeping in mind that M.2 SSDs are typically naked printed circuit boards with exposed chips on each side, there’s little more that can be done to improve their presentation apart from stickers or fancy metal heat spreaders. Samsung kept with the industry standard in 970 EVO’s simplicity.

Construction is probably the strongest feature credited to the entire solid state product segment, as SSDs are immune to most physical abuses. Samsung’s 64-cell layer V-NAND doubles the TBW over the previous generation. If there are ever any problems with 970 EVO during the industry leading 5-year warranty period, end-users may contact Samsung Support.

As of July 2018, the 1TB Samsung SSD 970 EVO solid state drive is available for $394.99 (Amazon | Newegg). This price tag puts Samsung’s 970 EVO series just above average for each capacity, which is impressive considering that nothing about this SSD is average. In fact, everything is considerably well above average, from its top-end I/O bandwidth and transfer speeds to write endurance and industry-leading warranty.

In conclusion, as it has done before, Samsung’s EVO series outperformed much of the competition in every aspect, proving the 970 series to be a worthy successor. IOPS performance is ideal for hardware enthusiasts, and transfer speeds were at the top end. There are plenty of SSDs on the market, but Samsung continues to lead in storage technology innovation. Based on all these factors, gamers and performance enthusiasts are well-suited to the 970 EVO series. Benchmark Reviews recognizes how well the Samsung SSD 970 EVO series delivers high-end performance at a fair value for power users, and proudly earns our Golden Tachometer Award.

Pros:

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+ Impressive 3154/2475 MBps read/write speed with ATTO
Random 4K read/writes produced 161,809 IOPS
+ Samsung Phoenix controller supports TRIM and NCQ
+ Samsung 64-cell layer V-NAND doubles previous TBW durability
+ TCG/Opal 2.0 security automatic 256-bit AES hardware encryption
+ 5-Year Samsung product warranty support
+ Lightweight compact storage solution
+ Device sleep (DEVSLP) function extends battery life

Cons:

– 3-Bit MLC NAND offers less impressive sequential performance

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.50
  • Appearance: 8.50
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.25
  • Value: 8.25

Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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