Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts

Conclusion

PROS

  • Class-leading overall performance.
  • Chart-topping random read performance from the 970 PRO.
  • 970 EVO warranty is now 5 years!

CONS

  • Prices run a bit high (but you get what you pay for).

Pricing, Endurance, and Warranty (street price at the time of this writing)

  • 970 PRO
    • 512GB – $330 ($0.64/GB) (600 TBW)
    • 1TB      – $630 ($0.62/GB) (1200 TBW)
  • 970 EVO
    • 250GB – $120 ($0.48/GB) (150 TBW)
    • 500GB – $230 ($0.46/GB) (300 TBW)
    • 1TB      – $450 ($0.45/GB) (600 TBW)
    • 2TB      – $850 ($0.43/GB) (1200 TBW)

**EDIT** pricing update 5/7/2018:

  • 970 PRO
    • 512GB – $250 ($0.49/GB)
    • 1TB      – $500 ($0.49/GB)
  • 970 EVO
    • 250GB – $110 ($0.44/GB)
    • 500GB – $200 ($0.40/GB)
    • 1TB      – $400 ($0.40/GB)
    • 2TB      – $800 ($0.40/GB)

The 970 PRO and EVO both come with a 5-year warranty. Yes, you heard that right, the EVO now has a 5-year warranty! Availability worldwide starts on May 7th.

Final Thoughts

Despite the 960 EVO and PRO being at the top of our performance charts for over a year, the competition was starting to close in, and Samsung needed to hold them at bay. The now unified design enabled Samsung to (finally) offer the same 5-year warranty for the 970 PRO *and* EVO, a welcome change that demonstrates their dedication to the EVO line. Coupling their new Phoenix controller with well-proven V-NAND resulted in incremental yet impressive gains seen in these new 970 series products. Pulling off 10% generational gains is not easy when you're already at the top of the pack, but Samsung continues to pleasantly surprise us!

If you need the best overall performance from a NAND SSD, Samsung is the only way to go!

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