samsung 970 evoThe 970 EVO Plus achieves significant performance improvements – up to 53 percent in write speed – as well as increased power efficiency over its predecessor.

The new drive delivers sequential read and write speeds of up to 3,500 megabytes per second (MB/s) and up to 3,300 MB/s.

The 970 EVO  Plus is a 96 layer 3D NAND class SSD. Samsung has been successful with the new 96 layer process which is bringing M.2 more into the mainstream.  The 500GB and 1TB bring SSD prices down under 30 cents per GB.

With the new generation motherboards with PCI Express 3.0 slots, the M.2 has enough bandwidth so Samsung has upgraded their SSD lineup to take advantage. To take good advantage of the 970 EVO Plus a machine should be equipped with at last 16GB of memory and better is 32GB so that the swap file activity is negligible. This will reduce wear and tear considerably.

The 970 EVO Plus comes in a variety of capacity options; the 250 GB, 500 GB and 1 TB capacity versions are now available for purchase worldwide, and the 2TB capacity will become available in April.

The 970 EVO Plus is offered in capacities of 250GB, 500GB and 1TB with MSRPs of $89.99, $129.99 and $249.99, respectively. No word on the price for the 2TB version as of this writing.

Samsung’s latest carries a five-year limited warranty or up to 1,200 terabytes written, whichever comes first.