SSDs. SSDs have pretty much become the golden standard of PC storage. Upon the conception of SSDs, the SATA2 interface was fully saturated at about 300MB/s. Naturally SATA3 came along and effectively doubling the throughput to 600MB/s. This standard lasted a while, a LONG while. Let me ask you this, when you shop for a SSD now, do you look for a 2.5” SATA3 SSD or do you go for speed, like this Samsung EVO Plus?
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Hey what up OCNer’s, bluedevil here. So SSDs. Everyone I know when they go to build a computer, shops and buys a SSD. Hell I use 2 1TB Adata SSDs in this Silverstone external RAID enclosure, check out that video right up here. But typically when I build a computer, I tend to go on the side of speed. Which is what any modern motherboard with a M.2 NVME slot is for. Using PCIe bus lanes instead of the aging SATA interface, means that throughput can be massively increased. We are talking north of 1, 2, and even 3GB/s sequential reads and writes. Well today I have three M.2 NVME drives for comparison. An oldie but a goody Samsung 950 Pro 512GB, the Intel 660P 1TB that video here, and this guy, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus 500GB.
In respects to the drives that I just mentioned, let’s quickly run down the specs of each M.2 NVME SSD. The Samsung 950 Pro was and still is, a very capable drive, even by today’s standards. Running Samsung’s V-Nand 32-layer 128Gbit MLC, rated to run at up to 2,500MB/s sequential reads and up to 1,500MB/s sequential writes, this NVME drive holds its own. Next up is the Intel 660P, which is running Intel’s QLC memory, which has its ups and downs, literally. Rated at running up to 1800MB/s in both sequential reads and writes, this QLC based drive isn’t a slouch. Lastly, the most recently released Samsung EVO Plus, which is running Samsung’s latest version of its V-Nand flash memory of the 3-bit MLC variety. With up to 3,400MB/s in sequential reads and sequential writes up to 2,300MB/s.
Onto the benchmarks!
So obviously the 970 EVO Plus is dominating here, mostly due to the newer Phoenix controller that Samsung has developed. The Phoenix controller consists of a 5 Core CPU, 512MB of low power DDR4 DRAM. Previous Samsung 900 series SSDs, which had the Polaris controller, had 5 and 3 core CPUs with slower DDR3 DRAM, making the new Phoenix controller a definite improvement over previous controllers. Intel’s 660P is a much more value oriented NVME SSD, with lower cost QLC NAND memory using the Silicon Motion SM2263 controller. While the SM2263 is more than capable of delivering speeds comparable to Samsung’s 970 EVO Plus, in large writes however, the 660P lacks due to the QLC memory buffer.
So in conclusion, is the Samsung 970 EVO Plus the Fastest SSD to date? Realistically, only Samsung’s own 970 Pro is faster, by a meer 100MB/s on the read times and 400MB/s on the write times. Endurance with IOPS are also are much higher with the 970 Pro. However I do think for those looking for better price to performance will look to the 970 EVO Plus as the one to pick.
So the Samsung 970 Evo Plus gets a solid 5 out of 5 flames. Very solid SSD.
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