I bought an SSD from Taobao months ago. It was on sale at that time. I thought it is a good deal. I paid RMB399. Convert it to CAD $75. Compared the price on Amazon.ca, $102.94. I did get a great deal.

I installed it on my desktop yesterday.

Look at what I got.

Samsung 970 EVO Plus Box Front


Samsung 970 EVO Plus Box Back


Samsung 970 EVO Plus inside the box

Quite easy. there is the place on the motherboard.

Installation of Samsung 970 EVO Plus



Then download the programs from Samsung official site.

  • Data Migration Tool
  • Magician Software


After installing the software, Data Migration Tool. I can clone the whole disk to Samsung 970 EVO Plus. My old system is installed on a Crucial SSD. Similar size. 250GB.

Migration Disk

It took a while to complete the data migration.

Then I remove the old OS disk or Crucial MX100. Boot the PC and enter into the BIOS settings to change the boot device to 970 EVO Plus.

I booted the computer from Samsung 970 EVO Plus. All good. Just like nothing change. Even the boot time is not a big difference, compared with my old SSD.

Later, I installed the Samsung Magician Software v 5.3. It can be used to check the status of SSD and also do some testing and diagnose.

Samsung Magician


I would like to see big performance improvement from a SATA SSD to an NVME SSD. So far, I did not see it. I will do more finetune and test later.

I may forget to mention the specification of the new staff.

Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 SSD, 250GB

Interface: PCIe Gen 3.0 x 4, NVMe 1.3

Storage Memory: Samsung V-NAND 3-bit MLC

Capacity: 250GB

Form Factor M.2(2280)

Dimension(WxHxD): 80.15 x 22.15 x 2.38(mm)

Controller: Samsung Phoenix Controller

Cache Memory: Samsung 512MB Low Power DDR4 SDRAM


  • TRIM
  • S.M.A.R.T
  • Auto Garbage Collection Algorithm
  • Device sleep mode
  • AES 256-bit Encryption (class 0) TCG/Opal IEEE1667 (Encrypted drive)


Sequential Read: 3,500MB/s

Sequential Write: 2,300 MB/s

Random Read(4KB, QD32): 250,000 IOPS

Random Write (4KB, QD32): 550,000 IOPS

Random Read (4KB, QD1): 17,000 IOPS

Random Write (4KB, QD1): 60,000 IOPS


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David Yin

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