Samsung 970 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD Review (500GB/1TB) – Evo Becomes a Top Tier SSD


For our Real World File Transfer Comparison, we have included the Samsung 970 Pro, SanDisk Extreme Pro and WD Black 1TB NVMe SSDsSamsung 960 Pro, HP EX920Toshiba OCZ RD400, and  HP EX900 NVMe SSD in our testing with the Samsung 970 Evo 2TB and 500GB NVMe M.2 SSDs. This test is conducted through the transfer of data from one spot on the test drive to another to give us the truest of transfer speed results for that device.

The results displayed from both capacities of the Samsung 970 EVO NVMe SSD are excellent when we consider that all SSDs to the left are Tier 1 SSDs, the only Tier 2 falling to the right.


The AJA Video Systems Disk Test is relatively new to our testing and tests the transfer speed of video files with different resolutions and Codec.




Looking back, there was a time when manufacturers created two different tiers of SSDs, one for speed and endurance, while the other tackled the value aspect as there will always be a significant number of consumers that seek the best price first and foremost.  Somewhere along the lines, the waters got just a bit murky and things weren’t so clear.  Samsung has been caught up in this and it is partially their own doing.  When you create an SSD as strong as the 970 Pro is, and using the ‘Pro’ designation, anything you have below that automatically becomes second tier and there are some people that think of the Samsung EVO that way.  That is wrong.


In our testing of the Samsung 970 EVO today, and looking at both 500GB and 2TB capacities, we can clearly see that this SSD stands right up beside that of other manufacturers first tier SSDs.  Our display sample displays performance of 3.5GB/s read and 2.5GB/s write with write IOPS just under 500K.  Our PCMark 8 Extended Test, that of which is just under 20 hours and the most grueling in the business, demonstrated the Samsung 970 EVO to have one of the highest steady state results and one of the lowest latency results of the 12 tested, most others being ‘Tier 1’ SSDs.


So, the 970 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD is not lacking in power whatsoever.  It comes with a 5-year limited warranty and Samsung has a stellar reputation in the SSD space, a  significant portion of its market share no doubt being through customer loyalty and brand confidence alone. Pricing.  It seems the Samsung 970 Pro MSRP is following the exact pricing scheme found for the newest SanDisk Extreme Pro NVMe SSD in several capacities. 


Looking at the 2TB capacity, there just isn’t any competition there but we would like to see the MSRP drop just a bit from that $849 mark.  It seems the only real threat for the EVO comes at the price of those looking for value as the HP EX 920 undercuts the 1TB capacity 960 EVO by $80.  At the end of the day though, even Samsung recommends it 970 EVO 970 NVMe SSDs for heavy workload environments and specifically for content creators and those that work in media. Even with prices right in the mix, Samsung holds a very comfortable piece of the market space.

Watch for the Samsung 970 EVO NVMe SSD at Amazon.


Samsung 970 EVO NVMe SSD Ratings

970 EVO Build
5-Year Warranty
Pricing and Availability

Great Speed!

With performance such as 3.5GB/s read, 2.5GB/s write and up to 500K IOPS, Samsung has made available a great SSD at a decent price...and with a five-year warranty.

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