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Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB High-Performance NVMe SSD Review (Page 3)

Chris Ramseyer | Jul 3, 2019 at 10:00 am CDT - 1 min, 48 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Samsung

Game Load Time

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chris Ramseyer

Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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