'

Samsung announces their 970 PRO and 970 EVO series of NVMe SSDs

There is now a 2TB 970 Evo option!

Samsung announces their 970 Pro and 970 Evo series of NVMe SSDs

Samsung announces their 970 Pro and 970 Evo series of NVMe SSDs

Samsung has released their third generation of high-end NVMe SSDs, delivering to consumers their new 970 PRO and EVO series of M.2 drives with the company's latest 3D V-NAND technology alongside a new memory controller. 

Thanks to Samsung's new 64-layer3D NAND, the company has been able to offer increased capacities on their 970 EVO lineup, allowing them to fit 2TB of NAND onto a single-sided M.2 2280 (80mm long) SSD. Right now it looks like Samsung has decided to release no 970 PRO models with over 1TB of storage space, a strange decision given the presence of a 2TB model in their 960 PRO lineup.  

The main differentiating factor between these two SSDs is the type of 3D NAND that each model utilises, with the EVO making use of TLC memory with an SLC Write cache while the 970 Pro uses MLC NAND without an SLC cache. The 970 Pro remains as Samsung's fastest model, while also offering double the write endurance and faster random reads and writes. 

When compared to their last-generation 960 counterparts, both the 970 PRO and EVO offer increase performance, particularly when it comes to random access times. The biggest change in Samsung's 970 lineup is their increased focus on the low-cost affordable EVO series, increasing its warranty up to five years (which is the same as the PRO series), offering a 50% increase in write endurance while also offering an increased maximum capacity of 2TB.  

Another change to Samsung's 970 series is their move to LPDDR4 memory as a storage cache, which will offer lower power consumption than LPDDR3 while also providing somewhat faster performance.   
 

Samsung announces their 970 Pro and 970 Evo series of NVMe SSDs  (Tables from Anandtech)

 

While the performance improvements offered by the 970 PRO and EVO are not revolutionary when compared to their last-generation counterparts, their focus on increased write endurance and random I/O performance will undoubtedly serve Samsung well moving forward. 

Today Samsung remains at the top of the SSD market when it comes to pure performance, at least when it comes to NAND-based SSDs. Most of Samsung's competitors are currently trying to catch up with 2016's 960 Pro and Evo, nevermind Samsung's latest offerings, securing their dominance in the high-end NVMe SSD market for another while.  

Samsung's 970 PRO and 970 EVO are currently available for Pre-Order on Amazon UK, with a listed shipping date of May 7th.  

You can join the discussion on Samsung's 970 PRO and EVO NVMe SSDs on the OC3D Forums

«Prev 1 Next»

Most Recent Comments

24-04-2018, 13:57:25

NeverBackDown
Very impressive. Man Samsung is far and away from everybody at the moment in the NAND market. It's just kind of laughable at this point.
I mean it feels worse than Nvidia vs AMD in terms of top performance (Titan vs Vega) as an analogy of course.Quote

24-04-2018, 16:13:04

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Very impressive. Man Samsung is far and away from everybody at the moment in the NAND market. It's just kind of laughable at this point.
I mean it feels worse than Nvidia vs AMD in terms of top performance (Titan vs Vega) as an analogy of course.
Samsung was way ahead in the 3D NAND game, which gave them a huge edge, after that it was their quick adoption on NVMe, allowing them to make use of their 3D NAND tech most effectively.

Other NAND manufacturers are now starting to catch up in this regard, with competing NVMe drives offering similar performance.

TBH the best thing to come to the market lately is the Kingston A1000, as it offers a good price tag for mid-range NVMe performance. Hard to beat the price/performance there. TBH if I were building a system, I would go SATA to get the most NAND/£. Games are not getting smaller after all.Quote

24-04-2018, 17:07:21

TheF34RChannel
Quote:
Originally Posted by WYP View Post
TBH the best thing to come to the market lately is the Kingston A1000, as it offers a good price tag for mid-range NVMe performance. Hard to beat the price/performance there. TBH if I were building a system, I would go SATA to get the most NAND/£. Games are not getting smaller after all.
I'd love the idea of M.2 - especially these new Samsung iterations - also because it means less clutter, no cables etc., but only if my current drive gives out as there's no real benefit from interchanging them. First on my agenda is replacing my mechanical storage drive for a 2-4TB SSD (which won't happen until they're reasonably priced).

Anyway, I guess we were all waiting for the new Samsung drives. Regular SSDs probably aren't that far off either then?Quote

24-04-2018, 17:23:03

NeverBackDown
NVMe drives are really close to cost to regular sata drives except most are faster. It's just a no brainier to spend a tiny bit more for M.2 imo to get the faster speed and better form factorQuote

24-04-2018, 17:39:38

TheF34RChannel
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
NVMe drives are really close to cost to regular sata drives except most are faster. It's just a no brainier to spend a tiny bit more for M.2 imo to get the faster speed and better form factor
Absolutely. It's the still inflated prices (here anyway) that keep me away. Plus, I won't really notice a difference when swapping now - soon I will though.Quote
Reply
x

Register for the OC3D Newsletter

Subscribing to the OC3D newsletter will keep you up-to-date on the latest technology reviews, competitions and goings-on at Overclock3D. We won't share your email address with ANYONE, and we will only email you with updates on site news, reviews, and competitions and you can unsubscribe easily at any time.

Simply enter your name and email address into the box below and be sure to click on the links in the confirmation emails that will arrive in your e-mail shortly after to complete the registration.

If you run into any problems, just drop us a message on the forums.