Samsung 970 Evo Plus Review

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Last Updated on January 1, 2022 by Daniel

Samsung 970 Evo Plus SSD: Is Samsung the best SSD in the market right now.

There is no question that Samsung is the undisputed king of SSDs in the consumer market. The company makes the best and fastest consumer SSDs, and its professional line of SSDs is about as good as it gets in the business market. But what about its higher-end consumer SSDs? Are they as good as the professional models? Does it make sense to spend money on a consumer SSD?

I did a review on Samsung’s 950 Pro SSD, and I am now going to take a look at the latest consumer SSD from the company, the 970 Evo Plus. Let’s see if Samsung can keep up its reputation for producing the best consumer SSDs.

Samsung 970 Evo Plus: Features

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It might seem like the 970 Evo Plus wasn’t revolutionary enough to earn the name 980 Evo, but the 970 Evo Plus is the first Samsung drive to include its new 96-layer V-NAND. As a result, the new form of memory can stack higher and work faster.

The 970 Evo Plus is designed to write at 3300MB/s sequentially, easily outpacing the 970 Evo which reached 2,500MB/s, and even the 970 Pro’s top sequential write speed of 3,300MB/s. Sequential writes remain at 3,500MB/s, but this is the gold standard for SSDs.

Samsung is one of the few companies to speed up its SSDs with new silicon, rather than just updated software, with its new 96-layer V-NAND.

According to the specifications, the 970 Evo Plus is faster than the WD Black SN750, which runs at sequential read and write speeds of 3,470MB/s and 3,000MB/s, respectively.

When it comes to the warranty, unfortunately (or fortunately) both WD and Samsung offer the same five years of coverage, nearly the same total terabytes of endurance. The WD Black SN750 is rated for 200TBW, while the 250GB 970 Evo Plus is rated for 150TBW.

In terms of performance, these two SSD drives are neck-and-neck.

Samsung 970 Evo Plus: Performance

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Samsung’s 970 Evo Plus’ 96-layer V-NAND goes beyond its predecessor and Samsung’s previous star drive, the 970 Pro. Additionally, the WD Black SN750 beats it in a few areas.

In every test except the 10GB file transfer, the 970 Evo Plus does very well in sequential and random data transfers.

Since the Samsung 970 Evo Plus is meant to be a value-oriented, consumer SSD, we were pleasantly surprised by how well it performed – even outpacing the enterprise-centric 970 Pro.

The only thing that disappointed me about the drive was that it did not maintain its 3,300MB/s sequential write speed under load.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Lower prices across the board Sequential write speeds slow under load
96-layer V-NAND and not just software drives faster speeds
Class-leading performance

Final verdict

With NVMe SSDs keeping getting faster and cheaper, Samsung needed to respond in kind – and it has, with its best drive to date. The Samsung 970 Evo Plus is the best SSD right now, coming in at reasonable prices and delivering the best overall performance.

I suspect we’ve only seen the beginning of what Samsung can do with its new 96-layer V-NAND technology. It’s quite possible that the company will release a much faster 970 Pro Plus drive that complies with the new PCIe 4.0 standard that Ryzen 3rd Generation processors will support.

We are merely speculating here. There is no doubt that the Samsung 970 Evo Plus is the best SSD money can buy right now.