The 870 QVO comes in a small black box. Along with a picture of the drive, the packaging advertises a number of its key features including its 1TB capacity, rated speeds, V-NAND technology and 3 year warranty. Inside, you'll find the SSD as well as a small installation guide and warranty statement.

Physical Features:

Like Samsung's other 2.5-inch SSDs, the 870 QVO is very well constructed. The drive's outer casing is made entirely out of aluminum and is very strong and lightweight. The 870 QVO also shares the same stealthy, gray and black color scheme found on the 860 QVO. In fact, the only real way to tell the two drives apart is to flip them over and look at the label on the bottom.

The 870 QVO uses Samsung's new MKX "Metis" controller. The company hasn't provided a lot of specifics regarding the controller's technical specs. However, if I had to fathom a guess, I'd say that its very similar to the MJX controller found in the 860 QVO with a handful of refinements to support Samsung's second-generation 4-bit MLC V-NAND flash in capacities up to 8TB.

For the 1TB version of the 870 QVO, Samsung used their own 9x-layer, 4-bit MLC V-NAND flash chips. Looking at the pictures above, you can see that there is a single 1TB NAND flash package on the top of the PCB. The drive also has a 1GB LPDDR4 DRAM memory chip that is used for caching.