The Samsung 970 EVO Plus is a strong SSD, but it doesn't dominate the consumer market segment like the series once did for many consecutive years.
We've tested the two mid capacity models now in our lab, the 1TB, and 500GB, and can make some general statements about the series as we see it now. The 970 EVO Plus doesn't deliver the same general computing "snappiness" as the competitor's NVMe offerings using the Silicon Motion SM2262/SM2262EN controllers paired with IMFT 64L TLC memory. What it lacks in general computing, it makes up for under heavier workloads.
The 970 EVO Plus is the closest flash-based NVMe SSD to the powerful 970 Pro under heavy write conditions. Samsung's competitors have yet to master this art. The company likely sees the EVO Plus's random performance under light workloads sufficient while focusing on workloads that are more complex.
The 970 EVO Plus certainly carries a higher price over the other consumer NVMe SSDs. When you need higher performance for intensive workloads, it's a small price to pay.
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
The Bottom Line: Samsung's proven reliability keeps the EVO Plus intresting but we feel the company could have done more to improve the user experience.
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