Monday, May 7th 2018

Samsung Introduces 970 EVO, PRO SSDs at Lower Pricing Than Previously Announced

Samsung continues to outpace all competition in the SSD market - which it has basically cornered, at least in enthusisasts' minds, when it comes to performance and reliability. In a bid to strengthen their grip, Samsung have decided to introduce their 970 EVO and 970 PRO SSDs with lower pricing than previously announced. This reduced pricing across the entire capacity catalog is sure to bring the heat to other, competing solutions in the market, and make Samsung's options - which now count with a 5 year warranty - all the more appealing.

The new pricing will see Samsung's 970 EVO, for example, going for $109.99 in its 250 GB form; $199 for 500 GB; $399 for its 1 TB capacity; and $799 in its ultimate, 2 TB form. These prices place it in an extremely competitive light with Intel's 760p, for example ($116.25, $215.45, $399.99 and $1730.01, respectively) and WD's in-house WD Black ($119.99, $234.24 and $449.99 for the 1 TB version). The 970 PRO, the best-performing SSD, will apparently be available from $249.99 (500 GB) and $499.99 (1 TB). Samsung essentially lowered pricing against its previous generation 960 EVO and 960 PRO, while delivering (virtually) across-the-board improvements.
Sources: Samsung, via AnandTech
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31 Comments on Samsung Introduces 970 EVO, PRO SSDs at Lower Pricing Than Previously Announced

#1
Chloe Price
And they "just" released 960 series, damn!
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#2
dj-electric
Chloe Price, post: 3838803, member: 123719"
And they "just" released 960 series, damn!
TIL Q4 2016 was "just".
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#3
The Quim Reaper
What we really need to force prices down on the larger capacity drives (1TB+) is for Sony or/and Microsoft to bite the bullet and load PS5,Xbox2 with SSD's for their storage.
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#4
dj-electric
The Quim Reaper, post: 3838811, member: 116062"
What we really need to force prices down on the larger capacity drives (1TB+) is for Sony or/and Microsoft to bite the bullet and load PS5,Xbox2 with SSD's for their storage.
They would probably use SATA 2.5" drives and call it the best thing in history of technology. Also, if i know Microsoft they'll probably call it Xbox One 2 :laugh:
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#5
Chloe Price
dj-electric, post: 3838810, member: 87186"
TIL Q4 2016 was "just".
Oh? I thought that it was under an year when those hit the market. :D
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#6
Hood
There is finally enough competition in this segment to bring prices down. I paid $300 for my 400GB Intel 750, and considered it a bargain (regular price was $400 then in early 2016). This 970 Evo is faster, larger, and cheaper.
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#7
Octopuss
What were the original prices?
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#8
Brokenarrow
Samsung ssd is crap I went through 2 of them switched to crucial ssd no problems
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#9
Caring1
Only NVMe M2 SSD's are shown, will they be introducing standard SSD's that utilize SATA connections for older platforms without M2 ports?
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#10
Luke51087
Caring1, post: 3838842, member: 153156"
Only NVMe M2 SSD's are shown, will they be introducing standard SSD's that utilize SATA connections for older platforms without M2 ports?
Isnt that what the 860 series was? I dont think i heard about a 870 yet
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#11
Octopuss
Brokenarrow, post: 3838841, member: 178883"
Samsung ssd is crap I went through 2 of them switched to crucial ssd no problems
So is your typing.
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#12
xorbe
Are we calling all form factors SSD now? I'm out of the loop.
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#13
RejZoR
The prices did drop significantly. When I was buying 2TB drive, M.2 wasn't even an option and when they did arrive, only 2TB M.2's were like 1500€. So, seeing one for 800 bucks as top of the line product from Samsung, that's quite nice. A bit of a shame, coz I'd love to have the M.2 instead of SATA (although SATA drive is nicely cooled by the intake fans, luxury M.2 wouldn't have).
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#14
bug
Still not worth the price hike over plain AHCI drives.
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#15
bonehead123
maybe not for YOU, but I would love to have a multi-TB m.2 for less than a multi-$K price tag, Of which I will be ordering sooonnnn :)
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#16
pat-roner
xorbe, post: 3838857, member: 102945"
Are we calling all form factors SSD now? I'm out of the loop.
It's still a solid state drive even though the FF is different.
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#17
windwhirl
xorbe, post: 3838857, member: 102945"
Are we calling all form factors SSD now? I'm out of the loop.
Yep. Though it may be necessary/recommended to clarify if you're talking about "classic" SATA AHCI SSDs or NVMe SSDs whenever you mention them.

Feels strange to talk about SATA as if it were an ancient technology...
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#18
xkm1948
970 EVO 1TB and 2TB pricing are really good. Get one of those for system drive and a SATA 4TB SSD for storage then one really don't need mechanical drive any more.
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#19
RejZoR
I live really comfy with the Sammy 850 Pro 2TB for over 2 years now. Probably one of best spent 800€ to date. Everything else I bought for same money was worth next to nothing after 2 years. And it also became noticeably slower over time. 850 Pro, not really. I still have superb game load times, everything is super snappy, fast boot times and it's absolutely silent. 7+ years of warranty remaining :D
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#20
Rich Knapp
Octopuss, post: 3838840, member: 74316"
What were the original prices?
About $50 higher
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#21
BadFrog
xkm1948, post: 3838888, member: 50521"
970 EVO 1TB and 2TB pricing are really good. Get one of those for system drive and a SATA 4TB SSD for storage then one really don't need mechanical drive any more.
Your right, pricing is good, but you should look at the current data storage crunch we currently have. HDD will be around for the foreseeable future.
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#22
xkm1948
BadFrog, post: 3838918, member: 172302"
Your right, pricing is good, but you should look at the current data storage crunch we currently have. HDD will be around for the foreseeable future.
Context dependent. Regular gamers and users would be just fine for that combination.

For people who have the need then yeah, get a fast NVMe and several high capacity HDD in redundancy array would be better. Personally I love high capacity HDD. Can't wait until the multi actuator HDD comes out and finally breaks the 500MB barrier of SATA
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#23
BadFrog
xkm1948, post: 3838922, member: 50521"
Context dependent. Regular gamers and users would be just fine for that combination.

For people who have the need then yeah, get a fast NVMe and several high capacity HDD in redundancy array would be better. Personally I love high capacity HDD. Can't wait until the multi actuator HDD comes out and finally breaks the 500MB barrier of SATA
Noted, but aren't current SATA drives limited by the drive interface which is about 5-600mbps? And that's why they created the new faster protocol, nvme?
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#24
xkm1948
BadFrog, post: 3838928, member: 172302"
Noted, but aren't current SATA drives limited by the drive interface which is about 5-600mbps? And that's why they created the new faster protocol, nvme?
HDD has never been able to reach 500MB threshold. I was talking about new HDD tech will finally allow HDD to go near or over that 500MB/s cap
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#25
bug
xkm1948, post: 3838933, member: 50521"
HDD has never been able to reach 500MB threshold. I was talking about new HDD tech will finally allow HDD to go near or over that 500MB/s cap
No, but HDDs can do up to around 250MB/s which isn't that much slower than SSDs. And they couldn't possibly go over 500MB/s for the same reason SATA SSDs can't: the interface+protocol don't allow it.
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