Samsung SSD 970 PRO Solid State Drive Review


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Closer Look: Samsung 970 PRO

Samsung’s SSD 970 PRO solid state drive series are available for M.2 2280 form factor motherboards, and offered in four capacities: 250GB, 500GB, 512GB, 2TB. The 512GB Samsung SSD 970 PRO solid state drive we received for testing in this review is presently available online for $229.99 (Amazon | Newegg).


Solid state storage has become standard equipment for performance-minded consumers because they work equally well in PC, Linux, or Apple computer systems. Likewise, these storage devices easily install into modern desktop and notebook platforms equipped with a M.2 2280 card slot. 970 PRO is designed for performance enthusiasts, and gives personal computers a much faster response time that can really help boost productivity and user experience.
Samsung-SSD-970-PRO-Solid-State-Drive-Review-TraySamsung’s 2-bit MLC V-NAND technology is designed to sustain an 600TB Terabytes Written (TBW) for the 512GB unit we’re testing, and 1200TB for the 1TB capacity 970 PRO, coinciding with Samsung’s industry-leading 5-year limited warranty.

Samsung-SSD-970-PRO-Solid-State-Drive-Review-TopSSD 970 PRO utilizes Samsung’s ‘Phoneix’ PCIe-to-NAND controller to manage 4x PCIe Gen 3 bandwidth with the host, while managing multiple NAND flash memory across 8 channels. The LPDDR4 buffer on 970 PRO varies by capacity: 512MB cache for 512GB capacities, 1GB cache for the 1TB model.


Samsung SSD 970 PRO is intended for the full-sized 80x22mm M.2 2280 form factor. Like most other M.2 SSDs, the 970 PRO does not benefit from any heatspreader device to cool the NAND or DRAM chips on the board.
Samsung-SSD-970-PRO-Solid-State-Drive-Review-BackIn the next few sections we’ll benchmark test the Samsung SSD 970 PRO, and compare this M.2 solid state drive to other NVMe storage products intended for notebook and desktop installations. For reference, Samsung advertises up to 3500 MB/s read and 2300 MB/s write speeds for this 512GB 970 PRO solid state drive.


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