As we are looking at the smallest drive in the line, performance and endurance will naturally be weaker due to the way the controller channels are populated. Advertised specs are still very good.
Samsung seemingly caught swapping components in its 970 Evo Plus SSDs
Jim Salter – August 27, 2021 22:20 UTC
Enlarge / There is no part number on the package, which distinguishes the newer, slower drive from the older, faster drive – check the PN box in the top center of the label on the disc itself.
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Recently, major SSD vendors Crucial and Western Digital have been caught replacing the TLC NAND in their consumer SSDs with cheaper but much lower performance and lower endurance QLC NAND. Samsung seems to be joining them today in an embarrassed parts swap corner, thanks to Chinese YouTuber 潮 玩 客 who documented the new version of the Samsung 970 Evo Plus using an inferior disk controller.