Carrying The Speed And Honor Of Nvme Samsung Nvme Ssd 970 Evo Plus Review


[Bestbuy618DIY Hardware Channel]Earlier this year, Samsung updated its SSD product line with a new generation of high-performance NVMe M.2 interface SSDs represented by the 970 EVO Plus. This SSD is more than just a routine upgrade to Samsung’s storage products; it also has more connotational meaning. The NVMe standard has actually been in existence for eight years, and consumer NVMe products have only been widely available for two or three years, but the rate of its development has been phenomenal. Take, for example, the capacity of high-quality 3A masterpieces, which is often tens of GB or even hundreds of GB, which makes many people cry “no place to put it,” and the slow loading speed when the game is running, which often becomes a pain point for users to solve.

With the maturation of the new generation of 3D NAND technology, NVMe SSDs are becoming faster and cheaper, and meeting the demand of users to enjoy faster speed at a more cost-effective price has become the direct motivation and direction for every manufacturer to upgrade their products. In the face of competition from strong competitors, Samsung chose to respond with a work that carries the speed and glory of NVMe SSDs, demonstrating the great strength of this giant in electronics.

Over the course of a year, many users have praised the Samsung NVMe SSD 970 EVO Plus for its outstanding storage speed and dependable performance, making it one of the most popular NVMe SSD products on the market. The Samsung NVMe SSD 970 EVO Plus is available in four capacity versions: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB.

Product Overview: Low Profile Appearance I have to say that the Samsung NVMe SSD 970 EVO Plus packaging is still very “straight aesthetic,” with the familiar black technology style and the front of the box containing a picture of the SSD and the product name. The 970 EVO Plus is manufactured in China, and the box bears information about the company and the agent; the interior remains simple and clear, and when you open the box, you can see the 970 EVO Plus body and the manual.

The Samsung NVMe SSD 970 EVO Plus is available in a standard 2280 size (22.15mm x 80.15mm x 2.38mm), with a small size and weight of only 8g, making it suitable for all types of desktop and notebook expansions, and of course, its slim body has become a perfect choice for all kinds of thin and light notebook expansions. Both Socket 2 and Socket 3 specifications support the common M.2 interface. SATA and PCIe x 2 lanes are supported by SSDs with Socket 2 interfaces, while PCIe x 4 lanes are supported by SSDs with Socket 3 interfaces. As a result, the Samsung NVMe SSD 970 EVO Plus is compatible with the Socket 2 interface and has very good compatibility.

Introduction to the test platform I chose a high-performance gaming book as the platform for this test, which uses an Intel i7-7700HQ processor with 16GB single-channel memory and a GTX1080 8GB graphics card, with a combination of 512G PCIe SSD 1TB mechanical hard drive, where the system disk SSD is also used by Samsung products, which is a coincidence. The operating system is Windows 10 Home Edition 64-bit. It should also be noted that the main test of this 970 EVO Plus is not a brand new disk that has never been tested or used, so there may be some error with peak performance.

Official specifications The 970 EVO Plus should have a PCle 3.04 channel and a theoretical bandwidth of 4GB/s. The firmware version of the Samsung 970 Evo Plus 1TB tested here is 1B2QEXM7. The firmware version is 1B2QEXM7, and it supports the S.M.A.R.T function as well as the new NVMe 1.3 standard.

CrystalDiskMark is a very useful software that we commonly use to test the read and write speeds of computer hard drive storage devices. It has a simple and easy-to-use interface that allows users to test at any time, which is convenient. I tested the read and write performance of the Samsung 970 EVO Plus using CrystalDiskMark version 6.0.0, and the results show that the performance of this Samsung NVMe SSD 970 EVO Plus is very good, with a maximum read speed of 3461.9MB/s and a maximum write speed of 3272.4MB/s. This is very close to PCle 3.04’s peak speed, which is comparable to the official “maximum sequential read speed of 3500MB/s and sequential write speed of 3500MB/s.” This is very close to the peak speed of PCle 3.04, as well as the official “maximum sequential read speed of 3500MB/s and sequential write speed of 3300MB/s,” and should perform better when tested on a better performing device.

The Samsung NVMe SSD 970 EVO Plus has a read speed of up to 3.21GB/s and a write speed of up to 3.08GB/s when the read and write speeds of the SSD are tested using ATTO with different sized data test packages. The 970 EVO Plus’s speed stabilizes at a data size of 64KB, and its read and write speeds can then be maintained at peak levels. The flash particles in the Samsung NVMe SSD 970 EVO Plus are the fifth generation of 9x-layer V-NAND 3-bit MLC developed by Samsung.

3D NAND not only outperforms 2D NAND in terms of speed and reliability, but it can also add more capacity in less space. Samsung has quite mature experience in this area, which becomes a guarantee of 970 EVO Plus performance and longevity.

Magician, the “ancestral” management software, is still supported by the Samsung NVMe SSD 970 EVO Plus. The Magician software not only has an easy-to-use interface, but it also offers personalized firmware checks and additional settings for individual users. The software offers users dependable security to protect their data from unauthorized viewing, access, and even alteration.

The software also notifies users proactively of available downloadable updates, and updating the firmware keeps the device always up to date and stable. The software solution monitors, manages, and maintains drive operation and can further improve drive performance.

The Magician software interface has been upgraded to version 6.0 and looks more tech-savvy, with the home page allowing users to view all installed drives, including Samsung drives, and BenchMark tests for them, allowing users to keep track of drive status. Users can view specific information about each drive in the “Drive Details” option, and they can also perform diagnostic scans, over-provisioning, performance optimization, and other operations on the drive, as well as securely erase data, PSID restore, and encrypt the drive.

The Magician software is available for download from the Samsung website at www.samsung.com/magician.

Overall, the 970 EVO Plus taps into the potential of NVMe SSDs by seamlessly integrating the company’s advanced V-NAND chips with optimized firmware, achieving significant performance gains and higher read and write speeds thanks to Samsung’s latest 5th generation V-NAND technology. Aside from speed, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus also performs admirably in terms of power consumption. It typically consumes more power than 2-bit MLC flash SSDs due to the use of 3-bit MLC flash memory, but NVMe dynamic power management compensates for this shortcoming while also controlling heat and reducing the risk of drive drops. This is also an important guarantee that the 970 EVO Plus will run reliably; after all of the tests, we will be able to see the true level of this SSD.

Even a year after its release, the Samsung NVMe SSD 970 EVO Plus remains the strongest NVMe M.2 SSD on the market. Original Samsung particles, dynamic thermal protection, and a five-year limited warranty make this SSD a high-quality drive, and the 250GB starting capacity of up to 2TB can meet the needs of a variety of users. The Samsung NVMe SSD 970 EVO Plus is without a doubt the best option for gamers, designers, and IT professionals.

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