Today is the day to upgrade your solid state drive, especially if you aren't using an M.2 NVMe drive yet. Samsung's 970 EVO Plus (opens in new tab) lineup is on sale right now, and the 1TB version (opens in new tab) is down to its lowest price ever at $179.99. The 2TB version (opens in new tab) is nearly $100 off what it was going for in May and down to a new low at $349.99. You can even get the 500GB version (opens in new tab) for $99.99, also a new low. We're seeing these prices at several retailers, too, including Newegg (opens in new tab) and Best Buy (although the 1TB at Best Buy is $10 more expensive).
Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB M.2 NVMe solid state drive (opens in new tab)
Uses M.2 2280 form factor. The NVMe tech gives it read/write speeds of 3500 and 3300 MB/s. Clone and transfer files with Samsung's management software. Dynamic Thermal Guard protects against overheating. Covered by a 5-year limited warranty.
You already know that solid state drives are the way to go when it comes to speeds much faster than hard drives. They are also in general more reliable because they don't have any moving parts. However, you should also know that there's a big difference between different types of SSDs. Particularly when we're talking about M.2 versus SATA form factors because M.2 SSDs can (although they don't always) have the NVMe protocol, which can increase the read and write speeds of your SSD by two times or more.
The 970 Evo Plus, for example, has a sequential read and write performance up to 3,500 MB/s and 3,300 MB/s respectively. Compare that to a SATA drive like the Samsung 860 EVO (opens in new tab), which has read/write speeds of 550 and 520 MB/s. And that's still faster than a popular hard drive like the WD Red (opens in new tab), which has read/write speeds around 150 MB/s. The 970 EVO Plus just puts them all to shame, though.
The 970 EVO Plus has a lot of other features, too. You can optimize the performance and protect your data. Get seamless cloning and file transfers using Samsung's Magician software. You'll receive automatic firmware updates, too. The Dynamic Thermal Guard protects your drive and monitors it for changes in the optimal temperature to help minimize performance drops.
Samsung covers the SSD with a warranty that's good for either five years or for the first 600 written terabytes.
J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now covers deals for Android Central, iMore, and Windows Central. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.
I was 90% close to order one until I checked my future hardware requirement list and saw it lacked PCIe 4,0.
I then looked up the possible gain of waiting (approx +1.000 MB speeds) - so I decided to wait for a good 4,0 deal (Sabrent isn't available in my country yet) A good deal though! as the price was its lowest in Denmark as well (which sometimes isn't the case)
I grabbed a Seagate FireCuda 2TB. It was only $40 more than this Samsung and is PCIe 4.0.
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