REVIEW ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
As an SSD reviewer who has reviewed SSDs for 10 plus years now, I will be the first to admit that, at some point, things simply became an assembly line. Admittedly, there were periods when the industry was shaken up as we went from SATA to PCIe and then to NVMe, but for the most part, an SSD was an SSD was an SSD. I am sure many of my peers would agree, just as quickly lauding our readership for their loyalty and trust in our reports for their purchases throughout the years. It has hit a point that we are always seeking out that unexpected result, the drive that shouldn’t be and has the ability to change the industry…just a bit…to the advantage of the consumer. The Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2 SSD does just that.
To start, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus transfers data in excess of 3.5GB/s, regardless of capacity. This performance sits at the top of the NVME 3.0 X4 spectrum. If you are considering the 1TB or 2TB model, you are looking at one of the top SSDs on the market for read and write performance, and this performance was consistent throughout our testing. Granted, read and write IOPS came in at 642K write and 441K read, the read score being just a tad below specs but consider this…. 642,176 IOPS from an SSD the size of a stick of gum. The 1TB 970 EVO Plus blew away many of today’s so called ‘premium’ SSDs,
But then we took a look at the 250GB version of the 970 EVO Plus and it held its own with 3.5GB/s transfer speeds, over 511K write IOPS and it was still pulling off incredible transfer speeds in our True Data Transfer tests. The 250GB SSD should not have even made it to the chart, solely the result of its capacity. And it has an MSRP of $89.99.
Samsung today has introduced an SSD that by all means is one of the top performing in the industry, is available in several capacities to soon include 2TB, has mass availability and a 5-year limited warranty, and is marketed to hold that typical EVO price point of a value SSD.
Absolutely no hesitancy whatsoever in awarding this as an Editor’s Choice. It just became a system replacement SSD as well.