Samsung’s 870 Evo boosts the performance of entry-level SSDs

The company says it offers up to 38 percent higher performance speeds over the 860 Evo.

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Kris Holt
January 19th, 2021
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Update 1/20/2021 11:15am ET: Samsung has updated the pricing of the new 870 EVO SSDs, which now start at $40 for a 250GB model. We’ve updated the original story below with the new information.

Samsung is expanding its SSD lineup with the 870 Evo. It features the company’s latest V-NAND and controller, which allows the drive to reach the maximum SATA sequential read and write speeds of 560MB/s and 530MB/s respectively, according to Samsung. 

The SSD delivers approximately 30 percent improvement in sustained performance compared with the 860 Evo, Samsung claims. The company also says the SSD offers 38 percent higher random read performance speeds than its predecessor.

The 870 Evo is not nearly as fast as Samsung's 970 series SSDs (which have peak sequential read speeds of 3,500MB/s) and other M.2 storage. So, it won't be the perfect choice for gamers looking for zippiest storage for their games. However, the 870 is perhaps a more budget-friendly option that might be best suited to general functions, such as for your media library, multi-tasking and web browsing.

The 870 Evo will be available later this month, starting at $40 for 250GB. The 500GB version costs $70 and a terabyte drive will set you back $130. If you'd prefer the 2TB model, you'll need to fork over $250, while the 4TB 870 Evo costs $480.

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