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Stupid question, what makes this so plus ? I bought a silicon power 1tb for $170 a month ago and it does a similar speed.
I know someone is going to jump in with this is TLC vs QLC and it does 1 extra flops a second and will last longe. Does it really matter ?
wrt SP I think the blue ones are QLC and the red A80 model is TLC???
So lots more extra flops then ?
It's a bit like, why pay more for a Mercedes when you can get a Hyundai that's just as fast.
It is Evo Plus because there was an older model called 970 Evo. The Evo Plus basically improved the SLC caching. If you looked at the benchmark figures, you will get the impression that it is giving 970 Pro a pretty tough competition (other than sustained writes and really heavy mixed read+write, Pro pulls ahead). As it is released later than Pro, there are cases the controller optimisation lets it even beat 970 Pro in some benchmark tests.
Silicon Power 1TB is also 3D TLC NAND, but with NAND flash made by Toshiba. The controller optimisation for Samsung NVMe SSDs are still a bit tough to beat (if you judge by benchmark figures) though in real life, it doesn't matter that much. However, same can be said about SATA3 vs NVMe. Honestly, most people cannot really benefit from NVMe. You really need at least two of them and/or Thunderbolt 3 devices with really heavy multi-threading. 970 Evo is still a class above Silicon Power NVMe, but the premium is too high.
One of the differences with Samsung is its warranty service. It is not uncommon that Samsung warranty department replaces a faulty SSD with a better, later model (and at times with a bigger size Samsung SSD).
What I'm curious about is why the Plus model kept having delays in it's shipment. Samsung even had a huge cashback promo earlier in the year which included the 2TB 970 Evo Plus model but there were manufacturing issues at the time which meant none of the stores actually got it in stock until just near the end of the promo.
People really in the market for a 2TB NVMe SSD would most likely pick 970 EVO Plus. If you really want the fastest consumer grade NVMe SSD, it is pretty much 970 Evo Plus. Yes, there is 970 Pro with its sustained write advantage, but honestly, it is not sensible to go crazy on heavy writes on an NVMe SSD (or any SSD) for most consumers.
Makes a difference if you are working on very large files. Otherwise, go Silicon Power.
Tomshardware speed comparison between Silicon Power and 970 EVO Plus under various sustained write durations.
Similar performance for $90 less.
My point lol
I'd also like to know why the big price difference lol. Maybe its a case of name brands???
Brand name.. much longer warranty… might be more reliable.
@Phoebus: I have the 2TB model and chose it for performance, brand reliability and it was light on power usage which made it perfect for my laptop. At the time when I ordered, there was also a decent cashback promotion ($80).
This is the one I bought during the last 20% off:
It's $199, so more than the Silicon Power. They both come with 5 year warranty but the XPG seemed to shade the Silicon Power in online reviews.
Adata XPG can compete with 970 Evo, 970 Evo plus. Silicon Power one is still a class below.
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