[Bestbuy618DIY Hardware Channel] As the new generation of 3D NAND technology matures, SSDs with faster NVMe protocols are becoming more common in the market. On the one hand, the explosive growth of data increases people’s storage needs, and large capacity becomes a necessary component of SSDs. On the other hand, the increasing hardware requirements of gaming software, as well as gamers’ expectations for game running effects, have made high-performance storage the new favorite of SSDs. On January 23, Samsung Electronics announced the launch of the latest enhanced version of its non-volatile memory (NVMe) SSD product line, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus, which is equipped with Samsung’s latest fifth-generation V-NAND technology with optimized firmware and a large capacity.
Users can also easily upgrade their devices thanks to the compact M.2 form factor and PCIe Gen3 x4 interface. Before the launch, Bestbuy618 editors received this new 970 EVO Plus.
According to the packaging, this Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD has a capacity of 250GB, is manufactured in Korea, and was manufactured on November 17, 2018.
In this article, I will provide a detailed review of the 250GB version of the Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD series. Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD Product Overview From the packaging, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus continues in the same style as before, highlighting the relevant features of the product directly on the front, including the product model, capacity version, V-NAND and other words. On the back of the package, you can see Samsung’s five-year limited warranty on the product, and the overall package is very simple, intuitive, and easy to understand at a glance, in line with the product’s own image and user orientation.
The Samsung 970 EVO Plus has a standard M.2 interface because it supports the NVMe transfer protocol. Furthermore, it uses the standard size of 2280, which is a 22x80mm specification size. In terms of interface, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus uses the Socket 3 type of M.2 interface and supports PCI-E 3.0×4 lanes.
M.2 interface SSDs are not identical, but are commonly available in Socket 2 and Socket 3 configurations. SSDs with Socket 2 interface support SATA and PCle x 2 lanes, whereas SSDs with Socket 3 interface support PCle x 4 lanes. As a result, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus is not only compatible with the vast majority of products, but it is also compatible with the Socket 2 interface.
Thus, it appears that this product is excellent in terms of compatibility. In terms of performance, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus delivers a significant performance boost with 53 percent faster write speeds by seamlessly integrating Samsung Electronics’ most advanced V-NAND chip with optimized firmware.
Furthermore, its efficacy has been significantly improved over its predecessor.
The Samsung 970 EVO Plus is available in four capacities: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. Users can download and use Samsung Magician software to check drive health, upgrade firmware, enable read/write acceleration mode, and securely erase data to improve SSD performance. Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD test details For this test, I used the hardware platform, including MSI B350 i motherboard, AMD Ryzen R5 2400G CPU, 16G RAM dual c Windows 10 Professional is installed on the system.
Before testing, CrystalDiskInfo software was used to verify some product information. CrystalDiskInfo is very small and allows you to quickly read detailed information about the product, such as interface, speed, temperature, and usage time. According to CrystalDiskInfo, this time the 970 EVO Plus is going through PCle 3.0×4 channel, so the theoretical bandwidth is 4GB/s.
We will then perform detailed testing with CrystalDiskMark 6.0.1, HD Tach 3.0, HD Tune Pro 5.70, and PCMark 8.
The Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD has a maximum sequential read speed of 3516.8MB/s and a maximum sequential write speed of 2372.9MB/s, according to CrystalDiskMark test results. This figure already exceeds the official maximum sequential read speed of 3500MB/s, with a maximum sequential read speed of 3516MB/s. The sequential write speed is close to 2400MB/s, a 53% increase over the previous generation 970 EVO (250GB) write speed, which is quite good.
HD Tach 3.0 Testing We used HD Tach to test the hard drive’s access speed, access time, and other parameters. HD Tach testing is versatile and includes a large database of different types of disks, allowing you to compare test results.
HD Tune Pro primarily performs hard drive transfer rate checks, health status checks, temperature checks, and disk surface scans, as well as detects the drive’s firmware version, serial number, capacity, cache size, and current Ultra DMA mode. According to the results of the file benchmark test, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD 250GB version was 2460MB/s for sequential reads and 1840MB/s for sequential writes. For the comprehensive performance test, we used PC Mark8.
After the rigorous PC Mark8 test, we see that the Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD has a combined score of 5056 and a disk bandwidth of over 447.05MB/s. 5056 is a good result based on this score.
In other words, the overall performance of the Samsung 970 EVO Plus is quite good. Samsung SSD Magician Management Software Usage Samsung SSD Magician Management Software is a tool designed for SSD optimization and maintenance, and it supports a wide range of SSDs, including the 470 series, 830 series, 840 series, 840 EVO mSATA, 840EVO, 840PRO, and many others. It monitors drive performance, manages your drives, and includes features to improve drive performance even further.
Let’s install and use the software in the following order: first, go to the Samsung website, locate the address: www.samsung.com/magician, and download the Samsung Magician Magician software. After the installation is complete, return to the initial environment.
When you enter the software interface, you can see the following information: firmware version, SSD status, total bytes written, interface, and total capacity, as well as other related information: Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD 250GB, its status is good, firmware version is the latest, interface is PCle Gen.3×4, and total capacity is 233GB. TRIM status is enabled, but RAPID mode is not supported (RAPID mode, on the other hand, allows for more convenient
The Samsung 970 EVO Plus, Samsung’s latest masterpiece in the SSD market, has good sequential read/write, 4K random performance, and overall performance. Based on Samsung’s latest 5th generation V-NAND technology and optimized firmware, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus delivers significant performance improvements. The use of Samsung original particles, dynamic thermal protection, and a five-year limited warranty ensures that the quality of this SSD is fully guaranteed and worry-free. With a massive capacity of up to 2TB, extreme performance, and quality assurance, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus is the ideal choice for gamers, tech enthusiasts, and IT professionals, and it establishes a new standard for high-performance storage.