Samsung 970 Pro and 970 Evo SSDs launch well below original MSRP

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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Samsung introduced its 970 Pro and 970 Evo series of NVMe SSDs late last month. With sequential write speeds rated at nearly 30 percent faster than the previous 960 series and accompanied by a five-year warranty, Samsung’s latest drives looked rather attractive.

On Monday, the drives finally hit the market and given their cheaper-than-anticipated price points, they’re an even better value than previously thought.

Samsung originally priced the 970 Pro at $330 for the 512GB variant and $630 for the 1TB version but over on Newegg , they can be had for $249.99 and $499.99, respectively.

The budget-minded 970 Evo, meanwhile, also saw price cuts across the board although they weren’t nearly as steep as the Pro models. Samsung’s original prices for the 970 Evo were 250GB for $120, 500GB for $230, 1TB for $450 and 2TB for $850 yet on Newegg, you can scoop them up for $109.99, $199.99, $399.99 and $799.99, respectively.

B&H Photo has similar pricing after “instant savings” are applied.

To say these new drives are fast would be a bit of an understatement. The 970 Pro, for example, is rated at up to 3,500 MB/s for sequential reads and up to 2,700 MB/s on the write side with random reads and writes of 500,000 IOPS each.

Samsung’s decision to slash prices at launch puts increased pressure on the competition and further solidifies its place atop the consumer SSD heap.

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madboyv1

TechSpot Paladin
Wow, that's... tempting to swap out my 512GB 950pro and use it in another build that I've been thinking about.
 

HyPeroxya

TS Enthusiast
sTILL TOO expensive even with these reductions , yes they are fast, but nobody will notice in RL. Mx500 has far better pricing . I like Samsung but I dont want to fund their increased military budget(they do have a separate milcom arm). 500gb for about £120 is right imo.
 
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senketsu

The higher capacities available in this form factor are exciting. Up to 2 TB.
 

bohemond1099

TS Member
Honestly at this point, I'm far more interested in TBs of storage; I'd take 4-12TB of 5400RPM or 7200RPM storage over this any day; even for OS drive I'd get a cheaper m2 or sata ssd, because the perceived difference on average will be nil.
 

madboyv1

TechSpot Paladin
You wouldn't notice the difference.
Not really no on the performance side, but the thermal load on it would probably be better than the 960, as the 960 was better than the 950, and the 950 required the use the chipset heatsinks in my build so... basically looking for some help on thermals XD. And I'd be getting the 1TB not 512GB so it'd be a storage bump.