The 870 EVO 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 read and write speeds, and 5 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 EVO is very well constructed. The drive's outer casing is made entirely out of aluminum and is very strong and lightweight. The 870 EVO also shares the same black and gray color scheme found on the 860 EVO. 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.

Like the 870 QVO, the 870 EVO uses Samsung's MKX "Metis" controller. Aside from the fact that it was designed and produced in-house, very little is known about this controller at this time.

For the 1TB version of the 870 EVO, Samsung used their own 3-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 single 1GB LPDDR4 DRAM memory chip that is used for caching.