Samsung 970 Pro 1TB M.2 NVMe Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Samsung 970 Pro 1TB M.2 NVMe Review

Introduction

The Samsung range of M.2 drives has been some of the best performers around, combining blazing speed with reasonable affordability and some truly enormous capacity sizes if you're willing to spend the coin necessary.

We all like the fastest possible speeds, and with the original Samsung 960 and the Samsung 970 revision, those high speeds are definitely within our grasp. Having already reviewed the 970 Evo and found to be at the top of our graphs in pretty much every test, it's time to take a look at the more affordable 970 Pro and see how it stacks up to both its bigger brother and the other M.2 drives that have come through the offices for testing.

Technologically the Pro and Evo are extremely similar. Both utilise the Phoenix controller to maximise transfer speeds. Both have the latest Samsung Dynamic Thermal Guard which combines a nickel-coated controller and an efficient copper-film layered heat spreader to minimise thermal overloading and thus give more consistent performance. It's an area that can, in a poorly ventilated system, have more of an affect upon your transfer speeds than you might imagine, particularly as regular SATA based SSDs hardly get warm at all. Then again, regular SSDs aren't chucking data around at 3000 MB/s.

If you've had your head turned by the Samsung 970 Evo, but want one which doesn't require a lottery win to purchase, then maybe the Samsung 970 Pro will be just the ticket. Let's find out.

Technical Specifications

The most obvious change between the Evo and the Pro that we can see is the different V-NAND on the Pro. The Pro utilises 2-bit MLC whilst the Evo has 3-bit MLC. The Evo also has TurboWrite which utilises a large buffer to help speed up write speeds, something lacking on the Pro. Let's be honest though, it's not as if the Pro is exactly sluggish, so if you're upgrading from a normal 550 MB/s SSD to the sunlit uplands of NVMe based M.2, you'll still have your socks blown off.

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Most Recent Comments

30-07-2018, 12:52:53

Vicey
I got one of these exact ones last week (1 Terabyte model). It's pretty great.

Pic of it in the Asus Dimm.2 thingy
https://i.imgur.com/910RpME.jpg

Benchmarks I ran on it compared to the 850 Pro and some 840 Pro's in RAID0.
https://i.imgur.com/0S4Zu3v.jpg

It's certainly fast. It makes me excited for PCIe 4.0 and what they'll do with that. Possibly 7GB/s reads? 1 Million IOPs? (the 1TB 970 Pro is already at 500,000).

For me it's a great SSD for running a lot of virtual machines on my desktop system which I need for testing all the various software I write under different load scenarios.Quote

30-07-2018, 17:26:23

jnemesh
Haven't even booted it up yet, still working on flushing the radiator and cleaning the loop...soon, soon!

Was really torn between the 1TB Pro and the 2TB Evo, but ended up with the Pro 970 and another 16GB of RAM. I can always add the 2TB Evo later! Quote

31-07-2018, 04:19:08

Lazlo
The pro modell is actually the more expensive modell because it uses mlc nand instead of the evos tlc nand. It also has a much longer warranty and higher reliability. As you have shown it is sometimes a bit slower though.Quote

31-07-2018, 19:34:23

dugdiamond
i have had my 970pro(s) since launch, and i am not complaining. they are epic.

i doubt i will have to replace them for many years (or atleast until M.2 tech changes significantly).Quote
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