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Samsung Announces 970 PRO and 970 EVO NVMe SSDs (anandtech.com) 51

hyperclocker shares a report from AnandTech: Samsung has announced the third generation of their high-end consumer NVMe SSDs. The new 970 PRO and 970 EVO M.2 NVMe SSDs use a newer controller and Samsung's latest 64-layer 3D NAND flash memory. The outgoing 960 PRO and 960 EVO were first announced in September 2016 and shipped that fall, so they have had a fairly long run as Samsung's flagship consumer SSDs. Compared to its predecessor, the 970 EVO promises a small improvement in sequential read speed, and a more substantial boost to sequential write speed for all but the smallest 250GB model. Peak random access performance is also substantially improved, but again the 250GB model gets left out, and is actually rated as slower than the 960 EVO 250GB. The warranty on the EVO has been extended from three years to five years, and the write endurance ratings have been increased by 50% to retain almost the same drive writes per day rating.

The 970 PRO's performance specs aren't too different from the 970 EVO. Many of the ratings are the same, and the ones that differ are mostly better by just 3-11% for the PRO. There are just two major exceptions to this. First, the PRO doesn't rely on SLC write caching so it can maintain its write speed far longer than the EVO. Second, the rated write endurance of the 970 PRO is twice that of the EVO, going from just over 0.3 Drive Writes Per Day to 0.6 DWPD. Neither of these are an important factor for ordinary consumer use cases, but they help the 970 PRO retain some shine as a premium product.

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Samsung Announces 970 PRO and 970 EVO NVMe SSDs

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  • Just ordered a new 960 last Friday so of course a faster one is coming.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      LOL. My boss finally decided to let us buy SSDs so we bought three dozen Samsung 860 500GB drives just two weeks ago that I have to start installing the end of this week. Our CTO argued against SSDs since he said viruses would spread faster if we had faster drives, but he finally got overruled.

    • Just ordered a new 960 last Friday so of course a faster one is coming.

      Does anybody even care about SSD speed any more?

      In real terms these incremental improvements are just meaningless numbers now. Manufacturers should focus on reliability/durability instead.

      • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

        Does anybody even care about SSD speed any more?

        In real terms these incremental improvements are just meaningless numbers now. Manufacturers should focus on reliability/durability instead.

        Well, for SATA, you can't have faster SSDs. We've hit the max for SATA3 for at least a few years now (540MB/s). So the 800 series SSDs from Samsung are basically incremental improvements as they've hit max speed years ago.

        And I'm pretty sure the durability issue has been a non-issue, especially with Samsung SSDs - a test

  • by Espectr0 ( 577637 ) on Tuesday April 24, 2018 @06:46PM (#56497255) Journal

    ...the price!

    EVO:
    $119.99 (48Â/GB) 250 GB
    $229.99 (46Â/GB) 512 GB
    $449.99 (45Â/GB) 1TB
    $849.99 (42Â/GB 2TB

    PRO:
    $329.99 (64Â/GB) 512GB
    $629.99 (62Â/GB) 1TB

  • by Kjella ( 173770 ) on Tuesday April 24, 2018 @07:03PM (#56497325) Homepage

    Cheapest HDD I can buy here in Norway at the moment: 4TB for 799 NOK = ~$20/TB before VAT, cheapest SSD is 1911 NOK for 960 GB = ~$200/TB before VAT so still 10x and it's been that way for a while. The Samsung EVO 960 price was almost flat for its entire lifetime, same if I look at the Crucial MX300 which has also been around a good while. Sure better warranty, endurance, performance and consistency is nice but the data still has to fit. I miss the old days when computers got twice as good for half the price every 18 months or whatever the latest bastardization of Moore's law was. RAM prices have tripled from the bottom in 2016. GPUs have gone nuts on the crypto craze. You actually got a better computer for the same money a few years ago than you do today, except maybe the CPU where Ryzen has made some ways.

    • Yes but can you get it in your pocket. You have to remember the fundamental reason for these increases is demand from new gadgets.

      Computers didn't stop getting "better", the definition of "better" just changed from faster / more capacity per price, to smaller formfactor per price.

      Though with interest in phones and tablets starting to become lackluster and hopefully peaking maybe we can see a change in the trend.

      Also I just upgraded my 5 year old SSD. Sure it was the same price per TB but I also got an order

    • Yeah, SSD prices have been flat for a time that's true but I read some articles a while ago that actually predicted this: They claimed the end to "easy" size reductions in flash memory were near and thus SSD prices would stop falling. It looks that's just what is happening so maybe prices will not go down for a while.
      Looks like HDDs will be best for price per byte for the foresable future
  • When building my current high end PC I had a pretty good budget (Thanks to unlimited overtime at work that year) and although I noticed a day and night improvement in upgrading my old SATA2 hard drive to an SSD when I shelled out for my 256GB M2 950 pro I haven't noticed once any improvement that makes me glad I spent the extra money. I know about the thermal issues and such but I just notice a time where that 2.5GB/sec speed comes in use to just a standard SSD. Has anyone else noticed this or was the 960 p
  • I noticed late February that prices on a couple different brands of NVMe SSDs had dropped around the same time, and have stayed a little lower since.

    Prices are finally starting to move. I'll snag one of those 960s or Samsung 961s if they go a little lower. My SATA SSD is tolerable at current prices.

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