Samsung announced the 2TB capacity when it released the 970 EVO Plus series but stipulated the largest capacity model would come later in the year. For a time the model disappeared from the Samsung website and official specification lists. This last month the 2TB 970 EVO Plus started appearing online across the world and now we have one to test.
The 970 EVO Plus is what the company expected the original 970 EVO to be. Micron's lightening quick 2nd generation 3D NAND technology took everyone by surprise including Samsung. Products like the ADATA SX8200, HP EX920 and follow up, even faster, SX8200 Pro and EX950 weren't expected to perform as well as they did or encroach on Samsung's dominance in the NVMe market. The base 970 EVO was outmatched and yet the company held prices like a performance leader.
Samsung, now on its 5th generation V-NAND technology with 92-layers and a Toggle 4.0 interface, likes leading the market. The 970 EVO Plus is the company's latest attempt at retaking the performance and endurance crown from a growing list of competitive products shipping today.
The secret to the EVO Plus's performance increase from the previous generation is the new 92L V-NAND memory. The 5th generation die brings with it a 40-percent increase in bus performance, now 1.4Gbps, thanks to Toggle 4.0. Write performance also moved to 500-microseconds (µs), a 30-percent improvement over 64L V-NAND. The operating voltage is down to 1.2v from 1.8v.
The lower capacity 970 EVO Plus SSDs we tested with 3,500 MB/s read and 3,300 MB/s write speeds performed really well against other products of the same size. The new 2TB 970 EVO Plus brings similar performance but other models, generally, show much larger performance gains in the 2TB sizes.
Pricing, Warranty, and Endurance
We found the 2TB 970 EVO Plus on Amazon for a staggering $499.99. The drive just hit the market, so it still sells for the MSRP. We don't expect too much drop off, at least anytime soon. The 1TB model sells for $227.17 at the time of writing. Consumer SSD priced have dropped off quite a bit since Samsung released this series. For instance, the Corsair MP510 1920GB (2TB) currently sells for $279.99 on Amazon right now.
Samsung's familiar 5-year warranty comes with the 2TB 970 EVO Plus like the rest of the series. The 2TB model comes with a 1,200 TBW rating, twice the number of data writes compared to the 1TB 970 EVO Plus model.
A Closer Look
On the surface, Samsung just added the Plus part of the name after EVO. The new flash looks identical unless you have a decoder to decode the letters and numbers. Samsung uses the same Phoenix controller and the same DRAM density with the new EVO Plus series as it did the 970 EVO.