The number of NVMe SSDs using TLC NAND Flash seems to be growing daily and is as competitive as we’ve ever seen it. Samsung has always had the TLC drive to beat, but over the past 18 months the 960 EVO saw other drives knocking at the door. Samsung really needed to release a new drive to defend that title and that is where the 970 EVO series comes in. The good news is that the new Samsung Phoenix controller with 64-layer 3bit V-NAND has given Samsung a nice little performance boost.
At the end of the day it all comes down to pricing. The Samsung SSD 970 EVO will be released on May 7th, 2018 and pricing started at $119.99 for the 250GB drive and goes up to $849.99 for the 2TB drive. The Samsung SSD 970 EVO 1TB drive that we reviewed today has a $449.99 MSRP and that pits it about $0.45 per GB. That is far lower than the Samsung SSD 970 PRO 1TB at $629.99 and the performance is pretty damn close.
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Pricing
Samsung SSD 970 PRO Pricing
The Samsung SSD 970 EVO series is going to do well in the market due to the fact that Samsung is the number one seller of SSDs and the performance results are solid. We have no problems recommending this drive!
Legit Bottom Line: The Samsung SSD 970 EVO is a good choice for mainstream users that want solid performance and reliability from an NVMe SSD!