Game Load Time
The Samsung 970 EVO Plus breaks into the 13-second club in our game load time test featuring Final Fantasy: Stormblood. The previous generation trailed other modern 2TB models by two full seconds, and we really considered that unacceptable given for the cost of these products. The new model fixes the low-performance loading game files.
PCMark 8 Total Storage Bandwidth
The PCMark 8 Storage Test uses nine general use applications to run ten tests similar to what most of us run every day.
The new 970 EVO Plus again shows strong performance over the previous generation it replaces. The drive still doesn't reach the same high levels as the 2TB 960 Pro, and it also trails the HP EX950. The drive does outperform the Phison E12 drives like the MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro and Corsair MP510, but only by a small margin.
PCMark 8 Extended Storage Test
The performance hierarchy changes when we move to heavy sustained workloads. The new 970 EVO Plus is the first 2TB drive to outperform the 960 Pro in steady state conditions. Samsung has configured the firmware and hardware to only have a slight performance decline under very heavy use.
SYSmark 2014 SE System Responsiveness and Power Tests
The 2TB EVO Plus is also the first current generation drive to match the HP EX950's Responsiveness Score in SYSmark. This is an important milestone for the 970 EVO Plus and shows the Samsung is back on track for office workers looking for the best user experience.
MobileMark 2012 1.5 Notebook Battery Life
The new Samsung V-NAND uses just 1.2v compared to 64L that needed 1.8v. The new power requirements for the flash didn't help much in our notebook battery life test though. To be fair, we need to measure the performance again when our new batteries arrive.
We were forced to run this test with a 97% battery lifetime remaining due to back ordered batteries. Our normal cut off is 99%, so the results are not completely comparable. If we add three percent to the score, the result would be around 313 minutes, and that is what we expect to see on a new test when the new batteries arrive.