Model: Samsung 970 PRO 512GB 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.
In 2015, Samsung rocked the industry when it launched its first consumer-focused NVMe SSD, the 950 PRO. Since then, the company has continued to raise the bar in regards to performance, reliability and capacity. Samsung has now introduced its third-generation NVMe SSD, the 970 PRO. Designed to meet the needs of enthusiasts, hardcore gamers and professionals, this cutting-edge NVMe SSD is powered by Samsung's new Phoenix controller and is available with up to 1TB of their latest 2-bit MLC V-NAND flash. The 970 PRO is also equipped with a PCIe Gen3 x4 NVMe 1.3 interface and is capable of 3,500 MB/s read and 2,700 MB/s write speeds and a maximum of 500,000 IOPS for both random read and write operations.
The 970 PRO is available in 512GB and 1TB capacities. For this review, Samsung sent us the 512GB 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 370,000 random read and 500,000 random write IOPS.
Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the 970 PRO 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 PRO 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.