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Samsung's new 970 Evo Plus SSD delivers read and write speeds in excess of 3GB/s

By Kenny Yeo - on 22 Jan 2019, 8:31pm

Samsung's new 970 Evo Plus SSD delivers read and write speeds in excess of 3GB/s

The new Samsung 970 Evo Plus is the update to the 970 Evo which was launched last year.

The big change here is the memory. The controller is still the same - the Phoenix - but the memory is Samsung’s latest 96-layer TLC V-NAND. The old 970 Evo used 64-layer chips.

The new 96-layer TLC V-NAND chips, along with new firmware and Samsung’s TurboWrite technology, improves write speeds by up to 53%.

As a result, the new 970 Evo Plus can deliver sequential read and write speeds of 3,500MB/s and 3,300MB/s respectively - well in excess of 3GB/s. Random 4K read and read speeds are in the region of 620,000 and 560,000 IOPs respectively. Endurance ratings are unchanged.

Here's how the new 970 Evo Plus compares against the old 970 Evo.

The 970 Evo Plus comes in a standard M.2 2280 form factor and supports NVMe 1.3 and PCIe 3.0 x4. It also comes in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities. They will be available sometime in March later this year.

Best of all, the 970 Evo Plus comes with lower launch prices than its predecessor. Prices for the various capacities are as follows:

Samsung 970 Evo Plus prices
Capacity Price
250GB S$132.90
500GB S$235.90
1TB S$450.90
2TB S$924.90