Samsung 970 EVO 2TB M.2 NVMe Review
The NVMe technology totally revolutionised what we expected from a storage device. Barely had we taken a moment to get used to the idea of a Solid State Drive giving us 550 MB/s than the M.2 interface made its way from Enterprise solutions to the desktop. With that move came some truly jaw-dropping speeds, and the Intel NVMe technology unleashed the kind of performance that seemed impossible a scant few years before.
The Samsung range of SSDs is always amongst the top performers, but with their 960 range they completely dominated the M.2 market in performance terms. No matter what we threw at it, you could pretty much be assured that it would remain standing. Only our recent exploits with the Intel 760 saw similar levels of performance from a single drive.
Never one to rest upon their laurels Samsung have sought to solidify their position as the market leaders with the release of the Samsung 970 range. We have a 2TB EVO version up for test today. Utilising the second generation of the 3bit-MLC V-NAND to give exceptional reliability - 1200 TeraBytes Written - and pairing it up with an upgraded version of the Phoenix controller, the 970 EVO promises to last longer and go faster than the previous model. As if that wasn't enough the Phoenix controller has a new nickel coating and the drive itself has higher power efficiency and an upgraded heatspreader to ensure that there should be no thermal throttling. Lastly hardware based AES256 encryption keeps your data secure without compromising the all important transfer rates in a manner you might experience with a software solution.