Today Samsung has announced its 970 Pro and 970 Evo SSDs, both of which ramp up performance over the previous generation drives. These new models are the third generation of high-end consumer NVMe SSDs.
The 970 Pro enables sequential read speed of up to 3,500MBps and sequential write speed of up to 2,700 MBps. Evo features sequential read speeds of up to 3,500MBps and sequential write speed of up to 2,500MBps.
“The sequential write speeds represent an enhancement of up to 30 percent over the previous generation, thanks to Samsung’s latest V-NAND technology and the newly designed Phoenix controller,” Samsung says.
The 970 Evo uses the Intelligent TurboWrite technology, which uses a large buffer size of up to 78GB to enable faster write speeds. Both have a 5-year warranty or up to 1,200 TBW, which is 50% higher than the previous generation.
The 970 series is said to maximize the potential of NVMe bandwidth, delivering unparalleled performance for processing large volumes of data, including 3D, 4K graphics work, high-end games, and data analytics.
They’re designed based on the M.2 2280 form factor with the latest PCIe Gen 3 x4 lane interface and combine a new Phoenix controller with 64-layer 3D NAND flash memory.
According to AnandTech, Samsung has been using the same controller for some of its recent NVMe SSDs for other markets, including the PM981 client SSD for OEMs and the PM983 enterprise SSD.
The 970 PRO and 970 EVO will be available for purchase worldwide beginning May 7, 2018.
Pricing and capacities are as follows:
- Samsung 970 Pro 1TB: $629 (~63 cents per gigabyte)
- Samsung 970 Pro 512GB: $329 (~64 cents per gigabyte)
- Samsung 970 Evo 2TB: $849 (~43 cents per gigabyte)
- Samsung 970 Evo 1TB: $449 (~45 cents per gigabyte)
- Samsung 970 Evo 500GB: $299 (~60 cents per gigabyte)
- Samsung 970 Evo 250GB: $119 (~48 cents per gigabyte)