A few days ago, my desktop promoted that one firmware needs to be updated. It is a Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 SSD.  Almost nine months ago, I did a speed test on this SSD.

Now, after the update, I did the test again and see the difference.

First, the firmware update notice is on the Samsung Magician software.

Windows 10 notification
Update Samsung Firmware

So now the Firmware of My Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe 250GB SSD is updated from 1B2QEXM7 to 2B2QEXM7.

Drive Details of 970 EVO Plus

The first test is run on the old AS SSD Benchmark 1.8.5636.37293. All others are the same as before.

AS SSD score 2025

It looks like the performance is decreased so much. It is 2025. Last time I test it, it is 3178.

OK. I run the test on AS SSD Benchmark the V2.0.6812.41776. It is 3384. It was 3632 before. No much difference.

AS SSD  Score 3384

Then I go to the Samsung official Support site. Found the NVMe driver has a newer version. I was using 3.0. Now it is 3.3. I download it and install it. Then restart the PC. Install the latest AS SSD 2.0.7316.34247

Run the test again.

NVMe Controller
AS SSD Score 3046

I can tell the AS SSD Score is dropped by about 20%.

Right now, I can not feel the difference, but the testing tells the big changes.

Before I end this post. I closed most of the windows on my PC, except 2 Firefox Browser. Re-run the test again. It is better now.

AS SSD Score 3364

Now the performance is dropped by 12%.  The most of difference is contributed by 4K read and write.

David Yin

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