Samsung finally introduced the new 970 Evo and 970 Pro SSDs, the long-awaited successors of the now over a year and a half old 960 Evo and Pro. They use a new controller and the latest version of Samsung's own V-NAND, in which no less than 64 layers are stacked on top of each other. We have tested these new SSDs extensively: are they as fast as their names and predecessors suggest?
We had to wait a long time for Samsung's new top models. While the Korean company gave its sata SSDs a refresh earlier this year with the 860 Evo and Pro, it remained silent after the many rumours around the manufacturer's new high-end SSDs. The SSD market experienced a dip last year: due to the constantly increasing demand and production problems of the latest generations of 3d-nand, prices rose. As a result, many consumers considered a lower price to be more important than having the best performance
In the meantime some air has flowed into the ssd market and prices seem to have started a downward trend. At the same time, we saw that while the 960 Evo had offered an unsurpassed balance between price and excellent performance for a long time, the competition came ever closer. Therefore the time has come for a successor.
For this review Samsung sent us the complete lineups of both new SSD-series. The Samsung 970 Evo are available with 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB of storage capacity, while the 970 Pro is only be available in capacities of 512 GB and 1 TB for the time being.