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Samsung 970 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD

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Samsung’s 970 EVO has dominated the consumer SSD market throughout 2018 and will likely continue to do so in 2019. Some of the reasons are high performance, a reputation for reliability, and not least a more attractive pricing than the similar 970 PRO model.

Last updated on May 22, 2019 7:35 am

Samsung 970 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD Prices

Price History

Price history for Samsung 970 EVO 500GB - NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 SSD (MZ-V7E500BW)
Latest updates:
  • $159.99 - May 22, 2019
  • $149.99 - May 18, 2019
  • $159.99 - May 17, 2019
  • $149.99 - April 26, 2019
  • $149.97 - April 25, 2019
  • $149.99 - April 16, 2019
  • $147.58 - April 14, 2019
  • $149.99 - April 6, 2019
Since: December 2, 2018
  • Highest Price: $182.92 - March 17, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $119.99 - December 2, 2018

Description

Update: Since early 2019, a newer model of this drive is available. See our page about the successor 970 EVO Plus.

Samsung’s 970 EVO has dominated the consumer SSD market throughout 2018 and will likely continue to do so in 2019. Some of the reasons are high performance, a reputation for reliability, and not least a more attractive pricing than the similar 970 PRO model.

Overview: Memory Type, Controller and Cache

The main difference between the EVO and Pro models has been – and continues to be – that Samsung uses MLC NAND memory for the Pro lineup and TLC NAND for the EVO SSDs. MLC is a more expensive type of memory chips that includes two bits per cell, whereas TLC is denser, cheaper and includes an extra bit per memory cell for a total of three. In this case, the memory chips are stacked in 64 layers’3D’, or V-NAND TLC chips.

Both the 970 EVO and PRO use the same Samsung Phoenix controller. This controller is a successor to Polaris, which was used in the 960 series.

Performance

This difference in the memory chips used affects both relative performance and the Samsung 970 EVO’s endurance rating. Performance is still quite close to the 970 EVO’s MLC counterpart PRO thanks to an SLC (single-level cell) write cache that allows for very fast transfers as long as the cache doesn’t fill up completely.

Sequential read/write speeds for the 500 GB model are 3,500 MB/s (read) and 2,500 MB/s (write). Random performance at a queue depth of 32 is 370K IOPS (read) and 450K IOPS (write).

Power Consumption (Laptop Suitability)

As is usually the case, the higher capacities of the Samsung 970 EVO use a bit more power than the lower capacities. The 250 GB model has an average power consumption of 5.4 W up to a maximum of 9 W during load, on the system level, whereas the 1–2 TB models increase those numbers to 6 W and 10 W. Idle power consumption is rated at up to 30 mW.

Compared to the competition, these numbers are very competitive. But some drives seem to perform better, including Samsung’s own predecessors in the 950 series as well as Intel’s 760p.

Warranty and Endurance Rating

Samsung offers a 5-year warranty for all drives in the 970 series, but the endurance rating in TBW (terabytes written) will of course vary by capacity. The 970 EVO drives are rated to withstand approximately half as many writes as the PRO model.

  • 150 TBW for 250 GB model
  • 300 TBW for 500 GB model
  • 600 TBW for 1 TB model
  • 1,200 TBW for 2 TB model

Expert Reviews

StorageReview:

The Samsung 970 EVO is an M.2 NVMe SSD aimed at mainstream users, but Samsung’s grip on the industry-leading spots is starting to slip as the 970 EVO delivers an uneven performance profile with comparatively high price.

HardwareInfo

The 970 Evo and 970 Pro are not a revolution, but evolution: 3d-nand with a higher density and a higher clocked controller are the most important changes.


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PROS
  • Exceptionally fast
  • Comparatively affordable
CONS
  • Not quite as fast as the Pro

Additional information

Specification: Samsung 970 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD

Product Group

Personal Computer

Package Dimensions

Height: 70, Length: 560, Weight: 15, Width: 380

Title

Samsung 970 PRO 512GB – NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 SSD (MZ-V7P512BW)

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Capacity (GB)

512

Model

MZ-V7P512BW

Sequential write (Max, MB/s)

2500

Sequential read (Max, MB/s)

3500

Random read IOPS (4K/QD1)

15000

Random write IOPS (4K/QD1)

50000

Random read IOPS (4K/QD32)

370000

Random write IOPS (4K/QD32)

450000

Warranty

5-Year Limited Warranty

Item Dimensions

Height: 90, Length: 87, Weight: 12, Width: 315

UPC

887276261904

UPC List

UPC List Element: 887276261904

EAN List

EAN List Element: 0887276261904

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  1. PatL

    This ssd is awesome. Installing it was a breeze and Win10 now boots almost instantly. And its’ less expensive than the pro.

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