Samsung 870 EVO Review Rundown

Samsung ElectronicsPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 16 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*


Photo of Samsung 870 EVO 2.5" SATA SSD
Neoscore* 82%
  • Excellent sequential write performance
  • Excellent read performance for a TLC NVMe drive
  • Strong sequential performance for an entry-level SATA drive
  • Mixed random IO test results are disappointing


Samsung 870 EVO turns in class-leading scores on almost all of the performance metrics, thanks to the company's updated V-NAND and controller, allowing it to improve its random read speed by 38% over the 860 EVO.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from Anandtech have found the following[***]:
The Samsung 870 EVO turns in class-leading scores on almost all of the performance metrics. On the Light test, the measurable but imperceptible performance advantages have basically disappeared. The Full System Drive test from the PCMark 10 Storage suite shows a much smaller advantage for the NVMe drives.
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  • Extremely fast sequential IO
  • Very good random read performance
  • Strong sequential performance
  • Lackluster sequential performance in QD1 and QD16


Sentiment Score[*] 90%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Samsung SSD 870 EVO is a SATA SSD launched in the standard 2.5-inch form factor. It's based on Samsung's own V-NAND 3-bit triple-layer-cell (TLC) flash. Samsung rates the 4TB drive we tested to hit a sequential read speed of up to 560MBps.
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  • Top-notch performance in program and game launching
  • Fast sequential-write speeds
  • Solid build quality
  • Nothing in particular


Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from Pcworld have found the following[***]:
The 870 EVO is a 2.5-inch, SATA 6Gbps SSD employing Samsung's own TLC (Triple-Level Cell/3-bit) V-NAND. The drive will ship in 250GB/$40, 500GB/$70, 1TB/$130, 2TB/$250, and 4TB/$480 flavors. There's 512MB of primary DRAM cache for every 250GB of capacity.
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  • Fast enough for up to 4TB of capacity
  • Sleek design
  • Very affordable
  • Slightly slower than the 870 QVO


Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Samsung 870 Evo features 128-layer V-NAND TLC memory and a new controller. In every benchmark we run on the 2TB model, it does step out ahead of the older 860 Evo. It even pushes the Team T-Force Delta Max aside with a lead in all of our benchmarks. If you've filled up all the M.2 slots in your computer, it won't be a bad choice.
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  • Much faster than the 870 Evo
  • Better write endurance than its predecessor
  • SATA interface is starting to get outdated
  • Only one M.2 slot to fill


Sentiment Score[*] 89%
Reviewers from Tomshardware have found the following[***]:
Samsung's 870 EVO is the most refined version yet, courtesy of its latest 6th-gen 128-layer V-NAND TLC flash and an updated MKX ‘Metis' SATA 6Gbps controller. The drives can absorb up to 150TB of write data per 250GB of capacity, meaning the 4TB model is rated to handle 2,400 TB of writes within its warranty period. Each capacity comes at premium MSRPs, with prices ranging from $0.12-$0.16 per gigabyte.
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  • High-quality 4TB and 250GB SATA SSD
  • Excellent performance for everyday computing tasks
  • Solid performance for the price
  • Smaller capacity than its predecessor


  1. 1. ^ The Samsung 870 EVO (1TB & 4TB) Review: Does the World Need Premium SATA SSDs?. Anandtech. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ Samsung SSD 870 EVO Review. Pcmag. 2021-01-19. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ Samsung 870 EVO SATA SSD review: The speed you need, at sane prices. Pcworld. 2021-01-19. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. 4. ^ Samsung 870 Evo SSD review. Techradar. 2021-04-15. Retrieved 2021-04-17.
  5. 5. ^ Samsung 870 EVO SATA SSD Review: The Best Just Got Better (Updated). Tomshardware. 2021-01-30. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  7. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  8. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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