Having already reviewed the 1TB 970 EVO, our focus for this review was to compare the 2TB model with the 1TB model. This becomes especially interesting because the 2TB 970 EVO is the first SSD we've tested with 512Gbit die flash. 512Gbit flash paves the way for higher capacity conventionally configured SSDs at a lower cost per gigabyte of storage.
However, increased die density does come with a user tax in the form of reduced performance. Our testing shows that increased die density brings with it the unfortunate side effect of reduced random read performance at low queue depths. This is exactly where we don't want to see reduced performance, because this is where performance matters most.
So, is the performance for capacity tradeoff worth it? We believe that for most people the answer is yes. Yes, because even incurring a performance hit where it matters most, the 2TB 970 EVO is still plenty fast. In reality, there is no way other than benchmarks to visibly distinguish between the user experience delivered by the 2TB 970 EVO and the 1TB model.
At this time, there is really no competitor for 970 EVO 2TB. It's the only current generation 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on the market. But, competition is looming just over the horizon and this time the competition is a real threat to Samsung's TLC performance supremacy. This is good news for the consumer because without doubt price wars will ensue. We've already seen this happening with SATA SSDs.
The 2TB 970 EVO has a lot going for it. It's a single sided M.2 design which is the most desirable configuration for any modern SSD. The 970 EVO Series is backed with an industry best 5-year warranty, an industry leading endurance rating and Samsung's extensive software package. Additionally, when you buy a Samsung NVMe SSD you get something we wish all NVMe SSDs came with; a proprietary NVMe driver.
Because TweakTown tests SSDs with the drive running as our system (OS) disk we are in a relatively unique position to comment on what matters most - actual user experience. The user experience delivered via the 970 EVO is outstanding. Everything about the way your system performs when running a 970 EVO your system disk is Tier-1, which is why Samsung's 2TB 970 EVO is TweakTown recommended.
- Overall Performance
- High Endurance
- Included Software
- Random Read
Product Summary Breakdown
|Overall TweakTown Rating||95%|
The Bottom Line: 2TB of super-fast, affordable NVMe storage on a single sided M.2 SSD makes the 2TB 970 EVO a must have.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Drive Specifications, Pricing & Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System & Drive Properties]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO & Anvil Storage Utilities]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Benchmarks - CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 6 [Benches (OS) - Vantage, PCMark 7, PCMark 8 & SYSmark 2014 SE]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary) - IOPS, Response & Transfer Rate]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks 70/30 Mixed Workload & Sustained Seq. Write]
- Page 10 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]
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