Samsung Electronics Sets New Performance Levels for Consumer NVMe SSDs with 970 EVO Plus

Korea on January 23, 2019
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970 EVO Plus delivers significant performance improvements and power efficiency for high-bandwidth applications

Samsung Electronics today introduced the Samsung 970 EVO Plus, the newest enhancement in its Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) SSD portfolio. With industry-leading performance and up to two terabytes in capacity, Samsung’s 970 EVO Plus sets a new bar for high-performance storage, enabling IT professionals, tech enthusiasts and gamers to handle intensive workloads on PCs and workstations with more ease.


“Since introducing the first NVMe SSDs to the consumer market in 2015, Samsung has continued to challenge technical barriers in SSD design and performance,” said Dr. Mike Mang, vice president of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “The new 970 EVO Plus powered by Samsung’s latest fifth-generation V-NAND technology will now offer unrivaled performance in its class when taking on demanding tasks like 4K content editing, 3D modeling and simulation as well as heavy gaming.”


By integrating the company’s most advanced V-NAND chips with optimized firmware, the 970 EVO Plus achieves significant performance improvements – up to 57 percent in write speed1 – as well as increased power efficiency over its predecessor, the 970 EVO. The new drive delivers sequential read and write speeds of up to 3,500 megabytes per second (MB/s) and up to 3,300 MB/s, respectively, while random speeds come in at up to 620,000 IOPS for read and up to 560,000 IOPS for write operations2.


Users can easily upgrade their devices as the 970 EVO Plus comes in a compact M.2 form factor using the PCIe Gen3 x4 interface found in most modern computers. The 970 EVO Plus also offers a five-year limited warranty3 or up to 1,200 terabytes written4.


The 970 EVO Plus comes in a variety of capacity options; the 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacity versions are now available for purchase worldwide, and the 2TB capacity will become available in April. Manufacturer’s suggested retail prices start at $89.99. For more information, including warranty details, please visit or



Key Specifications

Category 970 EVO Plus 970 EVO
Interface PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3 PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3
Form Factor M.2 (2280) M.2 (2280)
Storage Memory Samsung 9x-layer V-NAND 3-bit MLC Samsung 64-layer V-NAND 3-bit MLC
Controller Samsung Phoenix Controller Samsung Phoenix Controller
512MB LPDDR4 DRAM (250 / 500GB)
512MB LPDDR4 DRAM (250 / 500GB)
Capacity5 2TB, 1TB, 500GB, 250GB 2TB, 1TB, 500GB, 250GB
Sequential Read / Write Speed Up to 3,500 / 3,300 MB/s Up to 3,500 / 2,500 MB/s
Random Read / Write Speed


Up to 620,000 / 560,000 IOPS Up to 500,000 / 480,000 IOPS
Management Software Samsung Magician Software Samsung Magician Software
Data Encryption Class 0 (AES 256), TCG/Opal v2.0, MS eDrive (IEEE1667) Class 0 (AES 256), TCG/Opal v2.0, MS eDrive (IEEE1667)
Total Bytes Written 1,200TB (2TB)
600TB (1TB)
300TB (500GB)
150TB (250GB)
1,200TB (2TB)
600TB (1TB)
300TB (500GB)
150TB (250GB)
Warranty6 Five-year Limited Warranty Five-year Limited Warranty


1 Up to a 57-percent performance increase in random write speed for 250GB version.

2 Performances may vary depending on SSD’s firmware version and system hardware & configuration. Performance measurements based on IOmeter 1.1.0. The write performances were measured with Intelligent TurboWrite technology being activated. The sequential write performances after Intelligent TurboWrite region are: 400 MB/s (250GB), 900 MB/s (500GB), 1,700 MB/s (1TB) and 1,750 MB/s (2TB). The random write performances after Intelligent TurboWrite region are: 100,000 IOPS (250GB), 200,000 IOPS (500GB), 400,000 IOPS (1TB) and 420,000 IOPS (2TB).

* Test system configuration: Intel Core i7-7700K CPU @4.2GHz, DDR4 2400MHz 32GB, OS-Windows 10 Built 10240, Chipset–ASUS PRIME Z270-A.

3 Five years or TBW, whichever comes first. For more information on the warranty, please find the enclosed warranty document in the package.

4 Warrantied TBW (Total bytes written) for 970 EVO Plus: 150TB for 250GB model, 300TB for 500GB model, 600TB for 1TB model, 1,200TB for 2TB.

5 1GB=1,000,000,000 bytes by IDEMA. A certain portion of capacity may be used for system file and maintenance use, so the actual capacity may differ from what is indicated on the product label.

6 Samsung Electronics shall not be liable for any loss, including but not limited to loss of data or other information contained on Samsung Electronics product or loss of profit or revenue which may be incurred by user. For more information on the warranty, please visit

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