The leading brand Samsung has announced the newest update to their SSD line up, it’s the first update since 2016. The third generation of the best selling and well-recognized consumer SSDs available in the market, the Samsung 970 Pro and 970 Evo.

While not being the top of the line they stand incredibly high performing with up to 3500Mb/s read speed, 2700Mb/s write speed, 480K random writes, and 500K IOPS random reads. With those speeds, they can keep up with any SSD on the market today. Both the Evo and Pro use Samsung’s new Phoenix controller that is Nickel coated and the Evo uses a TLC memory.

 

This image shows the controller type of the Samsung's 970 series which is Phoenix controller.
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The Samsung’s 970 Pro and 970 Evo both of their designs are based on the M.2 form factor standard and with the latest PCIe Gen 3×4 lane interface. The 970 series of SSDs increases the bandwidth potential of NVMe, which will deliver exceptional performance for processing large amounts of data, that include high-end games, 3D, 4K graphics work and data analytics.

Senior vice president of brand product marketing, Memory business at Samsung, Un-Soo Kim said, “Samsung has led the NVMe SSD industry since its initiation, and the company continues to define the latest standards of storage for users with extraordinary performance of the 970 PRO and EVO SSDs, the 970 series sets a new bar in all aspects for the NVMe SSD market with exceptional performance, remarkable reliability, and best-in-class capacity.”

The 970 Pro still uses MLC memory and comes in only two variants having different storage sizes, 512GB and 1TB. The 970 Evo has variants having different storage sizes that range from 250GB to 2TB. It seems at this point as if Samsung wants to push the cheaper, easier to manufacture Evo series of SSDs to users. As MLC NAND has almost been totally abandoned by most manufacturers due to its higher cost. We should expect Samsung to abandon MLC on the OEM side as Samsung has not released an MLC based SM981 drive.

 

This image shows the 970 PRO 1TB variant.
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The performance levels aren’t the only advancements made, the 970 Pro and 970 Evo also deliver exceptional reliability and endurance. Having a five-year warranty, or up to 1200TBs written which is 50 percent higher than those provided for the previous generation of SSDs.

 

This image shows the sequential read and write speeds of 970 PRO SSD.
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The Dynamic Thermal Guard technology will be providing protection against overheating by automatically monitoring the temperature and maintaining the optimal operating temperatures. All this combined with the Nickel-coated controller should be able to help to avoid thermal throttling. Though I would advise you to look for a motherboard that has a nice heat spreader for optimal performance.

 

This image shows both 970 PRO and 970 EVO SSDS.
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Pricing and Availability

The 970 Evo will be launching with slightly lower price tag than the MSRP of 960 Evo at the time of its launch. A very serious industry-wide shortage of flash memory caused the prices to stay high at times the prices climbed higher than the launch prices. But now the prices are steadily improving due to NAND flash memory manufacturers with their 64L 3D NAND production hitting full stride. The drives will be launched on May 7th having the starting price of $329.99 and $119.99 USD as suggested by the manufacturer.

Specifications

Category 970 PRO 970 EVO
Interface PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3
Form Factor M.2 (2280) M.2 (2280)
Storage Memory Samsung 64L V-NAND 2-bit MLC Samsung 64L V-NAND 3-bit MLC
Controller Samsung Phoenix Controller Samsung Phoenix Controller
Cache Memory 1GB LPDDR4 DRAM (1TB)

512MB LPDDR4 DRAM (512GB)

2GB LPDDR4 DRAM (2TB)

1GB LPDDR4 DRAM (1TB)

512MB LPDDR4 DRAM (250Gb/500GB)

Capacity 512GB and 1TB 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB
Sequential Read/Write Speed Up to 3500/2700 MB/s Up to 3500/2500 MB/s
Random Read/Write Speed Up to 500,000/500,000 IOPS Up to 500,000/480,000 IOPS
Device Sleep 5mW 5mW
Management Software Samsung Magician Software Samsung Magician Software
Data Encryption Class 0 (AES 256), TCG/Opal v2.0, MS eDrive (IEEE1667) Class 0 (AES 256), TCG/Opal v2.0, MS eDrive (IEEE1667)
Total Byte Written 1,200TB (1TB)

600TB (512GB)

1,200TB (2TB)

600TB (1TB)

300TB (500GB)

150TB (250GB)

Warranty Five-Year Limited Warranty Five-Year Limited Warranty