Samsung SSD 970 PRO Solid State Drive Review


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Samsung 970 PRO 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 512GB Samsung SSD 970 PRO performed in benchmark operations against competing M.2 NVMe solid state drive storage solutions. For reference, Samsung specifications suggest 3500 MB/s maximum reads and 2300 MB/s maximum write speeds for the 512GB 970 PRO. In our storage benchmark tests, the 970 PRO met or exceeded these ratings. ATTO Disk Benchmark delivered 3570/2336 MBps peak read/writes speeds, dominating the competition. Sequential read/write speed tests with AS-SSD Benchmark produced 3102/2099 MBps, and 3565/2301 in CrystalDiskMark tests. Linear testing with AIDA64 Disk Benchmark produced a solid 2813 MB/s read speed while linear write performance was steady at 2144 MB/s.

Performance for Samsung 970 PRO is best summarized as incredibly fast, and ready for extreme I/O tasks.


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 PRO’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 PRO during the industry leading 5-year warranty period, end-users may contact Samsung Support.

As of July 2018, the 512GB Samsung SSD 970 PRO solid state drive is available for $229.99 (Amazon | Newegg). This price tag puts Samsung’s 970 PRO 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, Samsung’s 970 PRO series outperformed the competition in every aspect. By comparison, the 512GB 970 PRO is approximately equal to the 1TB 970 EVO in terms of transfer speeds, but there is no comparison for NAND durability. IOPS performance with 970 PRO is ideal for VM users, and top-end transfer speeds will please hardware enthusiasts. 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 PRO series. Benchmark Reviews recognizes how well the Samsung SSD 970 PRO series delivers high-end performance at a fair value for power users, and proudly earns our Golden Tachometer Award.


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+ Impressive 3570/2336 MBps read/write speed with ATTO
Random 4K read/writes produced 165,325 IOPS
+ Samsung Phoenix controller supports TRIM and NCQ
+ Samsung 2-bit MLC 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


– Expensive by comparison


  • Performance: 9.75
  • Appearance: 8.50
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.25
  • Value: 8.00

Final Score: 9.0 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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