Model: Samsung 970 EVO Plus 250GB M.2 NVMe PCIe Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics
Provided By: Samsung America
Samsung Electronics has been a leader in the electronics industry for more than 30 years. Since the introduction of their first television in 1970, this Korean company has grown to become one of the world's leading electronics manufacturers, offering everything from tiny semiconductors to large home appliances. Samsung is no stranger to the storage industry either. Along with an assortment of DVD and Blu-ray Disc drives, the company offers both hard drive and flash based storage solutions for the portable and desktop computer markets.
Samsung recently launched its newest consumer NVMe SSD, the 970 EVO Plus. Specially designed for tech enthusiasts, hardcore gamers, and professionals who need unrivaled performance, this M.2 form factor drive is powered by Samsung's proven Phoenix controller and is equipped with a PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe 1.3 interface. The 970 EVO Plus also integrates Samsung's fifth generation V-NAND technology with a sophisticatedly tuned firmware to achieve significant performance improvements as well as increased power efficiency over its predecessor, the 970 EVO. Last, but not least, the drive offers a long list of features including Samsung's Intelligent TurboWrite technology, AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption and support for the company's Magician software.
The 970 EVO Plus is available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities. For this review, Samsung sent us the 250GB version of the drive, which is capable of delivering up to 3,500 MB/s sequential read and 2,300 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 250,000 random read and 550,000 random write IOPS.
Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the 970 EVO Plus has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Samsung's new NVMe SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the 970 EVO Plus have what it takes? Can it deliver the performance and features that we've come to expect from Samsung? Keep reading as we find out.