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Samsung 870 Evo SSD

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This is the system we used to test the 2TB Samsung 870 Evo
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
CPU Cooler: AMD Wraith Spire
RAM: 32GB T-Force Vulcan Z CL18 @3,600MHz
Motherboard: MSI B550 Pro VDH Wi-Fi
Graphics card: Gigabyte RTX 3070 Vision OC
OS SSD: Samsung 980 Pro @ 500GB
Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower GF1 750W
Case: ThermalTake Core V21

The Samsung 870 Evo took its time coming to market. Even as Samsung followed up its successful 860 Evo with the affordable QLC-NAND-based 870 QVO, the 870 Evo was nowhere to be seen. And, now that it’s here, it’s starting to feel like there’s a bit less reason for it to exist.

At a starting price of $129 (£119, AU$201) for the 1TB model, this SATA SSD costs as much as its recent M.2 NVMe compatriot, the Samsung 980 SSD. Perhaps that’s why everywhere we look, we see it discounted. And though there are a lot more unoccupied SATA slots to fill than there are empty M.2 slots, it’s not a great position for a much slower technology to go head to head on price with its superiors. It even stays close in price to the Samsung 980 at its other capacities, which range down to 250GB, though it also comes in 2TB and 4TB capacities that Samsung 980 is not yet offering.

Samsung 870 Evo SSD

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Here’s how the Samsung 870 Evo performed in our suite of benchmark tests:
CrystalDiskMark Sequential: 564.07MB/s (read); 535.34MB/s (write)
CrystalDiskMark Random Q32: 403.95MB/s (read); 377.33MB/s (write)
10GB file transfer: 15.68 seconds
10GB folder transfer: 14.985 seconds
PCMark10 SSD: 1,269.5 points

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