Review: Samsung SSD 970 Evo Plus M.2 NVMe Retail-Version 250GB [MZ-V7S250BW]

In Samsung SSD 970 Evo, the manufacturer only slightly increased its performance compared to the “people’s favorite” 960 EVO, but the new drive has a two-year warranty period more than the drives of the previous series. In addition, SSDs also differ in TBW, which in the old version was only 100 TB for every 250 GB of capacity, and in the Samsung SSD 970 Evo it was increased to 150 TB TBW. SSD received a new controller Phoenix, which is used in drives of the top segment.

There are also the differences between the “PLUS” version and the usual 970 Evo: it is much faster, less heated, and its chips have 96 layers, unlike the old version with 64 layers. All these innovations should affect not only the performance of SSD, but also its reliability.

You can buy Samsung SSD 970 Evo Plus M.2 NVMe Retail-Version 250GB [MZ-V7S250BW] for the price 80,90 . Don’t forget to use discount coupon on computeruniverse.netFWNNROU (How to use it?).

Review

The SSD of new product line has the new Phoenix controller used in drives of the top segment.

Samsung SSD 970 Evo Plus M.2 NVMe has dynamic SLC cache size as in 960 Evo or 860 Evo SSD: a small piece is allocated from the backup pool of cells (for this model, its size is 9 GB, to which, if possible, some free pages) There is also a static part of the cache, with capacity of 4 gigabytes. In this model, the total capacity of the cache memory does not exceed 12 GB – this is more than many competitors models, but it may still not be enough for some tasks. As a result, after 24 gigabytes of recording at high speed a drop occurs.

In general, the 250 GB 970 Evo drive, as expected, stands alone in product line – it is slower than the older models. However, if you compare it with other drives of the same capacity, including the SATA interface, the drive will almost always work faster, competing on equal terms only with direct competitors from the NVMe segment.

What is the difference between the PLUS version and the usual one?

The model without “PLUS” in the title had a very high dependence of the speed of work on the number of chips that are on the board. Fixing this flaw significantly impacted performance.

Also, the new modification is characterized with good energy efficiency – the SSD heats up by 26 degrees less, which also had a positive effect on its speeds.

What else affected performance? Chips of the PLUS version have 96 layers, in difference from the old version with 64 layers. The board has 2 chips of 128 gigabytes each.

Main Features

  • Built with Samsung’s industry leading V-NAND technology for reliable and superior performance
  • Read speeds up to 3,500MB/s* with a 5-year limited warranty and exceptional endurance up to 1,200 TBW* (* May vary by capacity)
  • Seamless cloning and file transfers with the Samsung Magician Software, the ideal SSD management solution for performance optimization and data security with automatic firmware updates
  • Samsung’s Dynamic Thermal Guard reduces risk of overheating and minimizes performance drops
  • The NVMe interface (PCIe M.2 2280) offers enhanced bandwidth, low latency, and power efficiency, perfect for tech enthusiasts, high-end gamers, and 4K & 3D content designers.
  • Power consumption (Idle):Max. 30 mW

Always Evolving SSD

The ultimate in performance, upgraded. Faster than the 970 EVO, the 970 EVO Plus is powered by the latest V-NAND technology and firmware optimization. It maximizes the potential of NVMe bandwidth for unbeatable computing. In capacities up to 2TB, with reliability of up to 1,200 TBW.

Level up Performance

The 970 EVO Plus reaches sequential read/write speeds up to 3,500/3,300 MB/s, up to 53% faster than the 970 EVO. The latest V-NAND—which brings greater NAND performance and higher power efficiency—along with optimized firmware, a proven Phoenix controller, and Intelligent TurboWrite boost.

Design Flexibility

The next advancement in NVMe SSD. The 970 EVO Plus fits up to 2TB onto the compact M.2 (2280) form factor, greatly expanding storage capacity and saving space for other components. Samsung’s innovative technology empowers you with the capacity to do more and accomplish more.

Exceptional Endurance

The new standard in sustainable performance. Get up to 1,200 TBW with a 5-year limited warranty for lasting performance. The 970 EVO Plus provides exceptional endurance powered by the latest V-NAND technology and Samsung’s quality.

Unparalleled Reliability

Achieve a new level of drive confidence. Samsung’s advanced nickel-coated controller and heat spreader on the 970 EVO Plus enable superior heat dissipation. The Dynamic Thermal Guard automatically monitors and maintains optimal operating temperatures to minimize performance drops.

Samsung Magician

Advanced drive management made simple. The Samsung Magician software will help you keep an eye on your drive. A suite of user-friendly tools helps keep your drive up to date, monitor drive health and speed, and even boost performance.

Test results

The test results showed that the speed of this SSD was even higher than what was announced by Samsung.

Test result in Anvil’s Storage Utilities

Test result in the program AS SSD Benchmark

Test results in ATTO Disk Benchmark

Customer Reviews

Buyers of SSD were satisfied with the high speeds of the drive, a huge recording resource, and cost compared to competing models. In addition, a long warranty period was delighted users  According to buyer reviews, with the new SSD from Samsung, the system and software began to boot much faster: Windows in 5-8 seconds, AutoCAD and other resource-intensive programs in 3-5 seconds.

Among the main drawbacks of the device are high operating temperatures under high load, so it is recommended to have a case ventilation or installing a heatsink on the disk. In the Plus version, the problem with the temperature was partially solved, but in rare cases the disk can also be heated to non-recommended values.

Buyers recommend using a PCI-E-3 x4-enabled motherboard for this drive to work at the speeds defined by the manufacturer.

How far we’ve come!
May 10, 2018 [Verified Purchase]
Capacity: 500 GB
Amazing technology. I wanted the 960 series so bad but kept waiting for a price drop that never came. Now with the newer and better 970 series, I pulled the trigger and purchased one. This is the first time I’ve actually got my hands on an NVMe drive. I always thought they were about the size of RAM, but they are closer to a stick of gum in size. I can’t believe how small they are. Installation is easy as long as you can get to it. In my case it’s between PCIe slots so I had to remove my graphics card to install it. The BIOS saw it right away, then I simply used free partition-copying software to transfer the logical partitions and MBR to from my 750 EVO to my new 970. Then I set BIOS to boot from the new “stick of gum” and disabled the others. As a final step I removed drive letters from the two reserved partitions on the boot drive and reformatted the old boot drive to a blank GPT. I can definitively tell a difference when loading applications with a large footprint compared to the SATA-based SSD. I was hoping to see a noticeable difference in boot-time-to-desktop, but it’s hard to tell. But when moving from Samsung SSD to faster Samsung SSD, trying to notice time savings is like splitting hairs. At this price point the drive is worth every penny.

Edit: Included a benchmark. 2,759 MB/sec write, and 2,313 MB/sec read. If you remember 3.5″ floppies, this is like reading 1915 diskettes every second.

Edit2: After realizing that I wasn’t getting the rated speed (which no one will probably actually see), I started to look into it and I made sure that I had the latest BIOS update, the latest chipset and storage drivers, and the Samsung NVME driver. After doing all that, I re-ran the benchmark and now I’m over the 3000 MB/sec mark! It’s fast out of the box but with proper setup it can be much faster!

Customer review from Amazon.com

 

Alienware 17 R4 + 970 EVO = What a Joy…
September 23, 2018 [Verified Purchase]
Capacity: 250 GB
***01-18-2019***
Left the original review “just because.” Have received 37 Kernel-Power Event ID 41 since 10/07/2018 since having installed the hard drive. The only recourse is to force reboot and/or shutdown. That was 37 more KPE’s I had received since having the Alienware R4 17 since February 2016. Could it be the notebook’s time to start slipping? Absolutely, however up until the swap there hadn’t been any problems. Was contemplating upon doing a refresh of Windows 10 – scratch that, clean install and see what happens then. Anawhoo…

Sooo, I got the sucker to install on the above headline. Wasn’t easy – because I followed along with Samsung’s forum suggestions when things were go surreal. It is fast, Windows 10 loads within 2 seconds – possibly less, the notebook has 32 GB DDR 2400 so whatever…

What Happened Was: <
Drive was recognized in W10 but only in RAW format, couldn’t change or format using Disk Management.
Changed BIOS as suggested from RAID to AHCI – same outcome, could be seen but couldn’t format. Yes, I installed the driver and Samsung software. Created a partition via CMD using Select dik W10 USB, still couldn’t access the drive from within W10.
Gave up, did laundry, played a few games on my IPad Pro and then revisited. Tried Macrium software to clone, didn’t work.
FIX: Safe Mode, format, rebooted W10 and was able to complete a fresh installation of W10. Neither cloning software – Samsung and Macrium Reflect were able to clone the original hard drive and I eventually gave up and did a clean installation. The drive is very very fast – at least to me. Played Far Cry 5 to see whether or it was just me and may very well have been but whatever. Clean installation of W10 took about 2 minutes, opening and closing programs is also fast. Transferred 24 GB of data from a 2TB hard drive (internal) and took about 3 minutes, possibly 4. Guess I will cancel the Amazon return shipping. Hope this erratic nonsense helps and sorry, had a Monster energy drink – scatterbrained…

Customer review from Amazon.com

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