Question Samsung 970 Evo Plus (the revised version) vs 980 PRO

mikeymikec

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Can anyone recommend a good review comparing these two? I'm revisiting the topic because the price of the latter at the 250GB level has dropped significantly below the 970 Evo Plus 250GB, so I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something.

IIRC the revised 970 Evo Plus didn't perform quite as well as the original 970 Evo Plus, but don't they now use the same controller and NAND as the 980 PRO these days?

I'm aware of the 980 PRO's performance advantage wrt PCIE 4.0, but I'm interested at the 3.0 level as well.
 

CakeMonster

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250GB is going to hurt your performance a lot more than any difference of models I'm afraid. 970 EVO Plus has not been far behind the 980 Pro in reviews of the larger ones for practical purposes (sequential is becoming less relevant IMO). The SSD market in general has stagnated performance wise compared to 3 years ago or so. I'd strongly recommend a larger drive for performance and longevity.

The updated versions have very few reviews, and depending on the cache, they might theoretically perform better in some scenarios that are more typical to non professional users. I have no idea how that goes for the lower capacity models though.

 

KentState

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I haven't seen many full detailed reviews of the revised 970 Evo Plus. However, of the many that I own, the performance difference isn't noticeable if there is any. I only have 500GB or larger. 250GB lacks enough chip density that IOPs suffer in general and I believe that's a weak point of the newer controllers.
 

AMD64Blondie

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Just got a 970 Evo Plus 2 TB installed as my new boot drive.
(Upgraded from a Samsung 960 Evo 1 TB.)

Surprising how much quicker the 970 feels than the 960.
 
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