Samsung 970 EVO 1TB NVMe SSD Review

Posted 25 June 2018 14:28 CET by Jeremy Reynolds

Desktop PC – Real World Benchmarks

PCMark 8 Storage Benchmark 2.0

This is how Futuremark describes the PCmark 8 Storage Benchmark –

PCMark 8 Storage benchmark is ideal for testing the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives. 

Using traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games, PCMark 8 Storage highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices. You do not need to have these applications installed on your system to run the Storage benchmark.

The PCMark 8 Storage benchmark test contains the following workload traces: Adobe Photoshop light, Adobe Photoshop heavy, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe After Effects, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, World of Warcraft and Battlefield 3

You can read a detailed description of each storage test and how the overall score is calculated in the PCMark 8 Technical Guide by clicking here.

The results from this benchmark are, I feel, a valuable insight into how a drive will support real world applications.

I thank Futuremark for providing Myce with a license to use PCMark 8 Pro.

Here is the result for the Samsung 970 EVO –


Here is a comparison of the overall score with the other client products I have tested –

You can see that in this all important Real World benchmark the Samsung 970 EVO has achieved the best result amongst all of the drives I have reviewed to date.

File Copy Benchmarks

FastCopy is a useful program for recording how long copying files to and from a drive takes. FastCopy can be downloaded here.

A Ram Disk (a virtual drive held in RAM) is used as the source drive when a file is ‘copied to’ the test drive and is then used as the destination when a file is ‘copied from’ the test drive.  This ensures that the test drive is on the critical path for the time taken.

Here are the results – 

Copy a Blu-ray Movie to the Samsung 970 EVO


Copy a Blu-ray Movie from the Samsung 970 EVO

Again, Outstanding!

Copy a Game to the Samsung 970 EVO


Copy a Game from the Samsung 970 EVO


And again.

Copy a folder of JPEGs to the Samsung 970 EVO



Copy a folder of JPEGs from the Samsung 970 EVO

Somewhat surprisingly the Samsung 970 EVO is slower in this test than the Adata SX8200 and the Intel 750.

Now let’s head to the next page, to look at the results for the OakGate FOB Tests…..