Samsung has just announced its third generation of non-volatile memory express solid state drives – the 970 PRO and the EVO. Here’s when you can get them and how much they’ll set you back.
Samsung were the first to marklet with NVMe SSd back in 2015.
“Samsung has led the NVMe SSD industry since its inception, and the company continues to define the latest standards of consumer storage with unprecedented performance of the 970 PRO and EVO SSDs,” said Un-Soo Kim, senior vice president of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics.
“The 970 series sets a new bar in all aspects for the NVMe SSD market with groundbreaking performance, superior reliability and best-in-class capacity.”
The 970 EVO will be offered in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB8 capacities, and the 970 PRO in 512GB and 1TB capacities.
Both the 970 PRO and EVO have been designed based on the M.2 form factor standard and with the most recent PCIe Gen 3×4 lane interface. The 970 series maximises the potential of NVMe bandwidth, enabling it to process large volumes data, such as 3D, 4K graphics work, high-end games and data analytics.
The Evo has a consumer focus and enables a sequential read speed of up to 3,500 MB/s and a sequential write speed of up to 2,500 MB/s with 480,000 IOPS. The Pro SSD offers the same read speed but a sequential write speed of up to 2,700 MB/s with 500,000 IOPS.
When it comes to memory, the EVO uses 3-bit and the The Pro 2-bit MLC memory, while the Evo uses 3-bit. Both are tricked out with 64-layer 3D NAND and utilise Samsung’s Phoenix controller.
Samsung are also offering a five year warranty, or up to 1,200 terabytes written, which is fifty per cent higher than what was offered with the previous generation.
Here’s the full list of specs:
The prices for the EVO series will start from $175 and the 970 PRO series will start from $479. They will be available worldwide from May 7.