Today we have another SSD on our test bench to review. This will be our second Solid State Drive SSD review. We began with a review of the XPG SX8100NP 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD. That was our first SSD review on our website. As such, that review did not have any comparison data at the time. Now that we have that review in the bag, we are able to add its data to our comparisons. As we continue to build out and do more SSD reviews we will accumulate more data we can add to our comparisons.
This review today is of the Samsung 970 EVO 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD. This is not a brand new SSD, but it is a popular and well-known consumer SSD. The Samsung product listing of NVMe SSDs are known for reliability, performance, endurance ratings, and a bit higher pricing, but offer high-quality drives. Samsung also offers many memory types such as 2-bit MLC, TLC, and now QLC with DRAM caches.
Samsung has several different SKUs and product differences geared for different price brackets and user workload types. Samsung does make more affordable drives now with its QVO series, but this does use QLC (4-bit MLC) for the cost savings. Then we come to the EVO series, which has to be the most popular and go-to level for enthusiasts. Samsung has a mix of different memory types but does offer 3-bit and 2-bit MLC in a variety of its series. The EVO series is both cost-effective, fast, and has endurance for mainstream users.
Then we come to the Pro series, which is more expensive but geared for high-end writes and high-endurance combined with the best controllers and best memory types using 2-bit MLC. These ranges of SSDs give Samsung great flexibility and a lot of options for the consumer no matter what your workload. In our Samsung 970 EVO review today we will look at our specific model, go over installation and Samsung Magician, test performance and talk about the drive overall.