At least two retailers have begun listing a 2 TB version of Samsung’s 970 Pro SSD. One of the highest performing drives on the market – and one of the only remaining MLC drives – a larger 970 Pro will give high-performance users another option for high-capacity SSDs, eliminating the need to sacrifice performance for capacity – at least at the 2 TB tier.

When Samsung introduced its 970 Pro and 970 Evo SSDs last year, it got itself into a paradox situation. On the one hand, its flagship 970 Pro drives offered superior performance and better endurance because they were based on 3D MLC memory, but the only went to 1 TB. On the other hand, its slightly slower 3D TLC-powered 970 Evo SSDs was available in capacities up to 2 TB. As a result, while performance-wise the 970 Pro was the king, you had to sacrifice some capacity at the high-end to get it.

As it appears, Samsung is finally preparing a 2 TB version of the 970 Pro that will wed capacity and performance. The Samsung 970 Pro 2 TB (MZ-V7P2T0BW) drive will presumably be based on Samsung’s Phoenix controller and, as the current 1TB model is already fully populated with NAND chips, we're not expecting that performance will be much different (for reference, the 1TB model is up to 3500/2700 MB/s for sequential reads/writes without SLC caching). Otherwise, while the 970 Pro is a given to be a 3D MLC-based SSD, it remains to be seen whether Samsung is using the same-generation 64L NAND as on the original models, or if they're going to use this occasion to switch over to 96L NAND.

At present, Compuram, a retailer from Germany, and Nixiang, a retailer from China, both list the new drive. The latter even shows its ‘official’ picture. Meanwhile, a sales person from Compuram confirmed that the company has part numbers and a datasheet listing specifications of the Samsung 970 Pro 2 TB drive. However, he could not say when the device is set to become available and how much it is expected to cost. Nixiang lists the SSD for ¥8888 ($1,320), which means that the price of the drive in the US would be around $1,200.

Like other companies, Samsung does not comment on unreleased products, so we could not verify the information with the manufacturer.

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Sources: Compuram, Nixiang, (via Tweakers.net)

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  • Dragonstongue - Saturday, April 27, 2019 - link

    if it is Sammy, apple, MSFT, INTC, Ngreedia etc, damn right, they not going to save us the $1, they going to figure out a way to slap on stupid RGB crud that cost that $1 and jack price up $100 instead LOL.

    but seriously, Samsung and pretty much all memory makers used excuse that "demand is down, it is killing our bottom line, so we will put even less on the shelf, slightly higher price and "hope" that prices correct themselves later in the year (read, we lose $1, we not want that, we cut 1/3 production back jump price up to make "shortfall" and vendors will give us some kickbacks because "selling ast fast as we stock them"

    rinse and repeat.

    they did this DDR, DDR2, DDR3, DDR4, DDR5, flash memory et al(SLC, MLC, TLC now we got QLC which is ~1/4 the cost of TLC (from my research for most of the "big makers")

    This is EXACTLY what is taking place even though all last year they said prices will be back to normal before years end, now they say, we slowing things down, jack price and hope customers "understand, it is hard you know"
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  • tokyojerry - Saturday, April 27, 2019 - link

    "Nixiang lists the SSD for ¥8888 ($1,320), which means that the price of the drive in the US would be around $1,200."

    Need to get your numbers straight. ¥ 8888 (JPY) is approximately $80 USD at current exchange rates.
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  • thesandbenders - Saturday, April 27, 2019 - link

    Nixiang is a Chinese retailer, ¥ is used for both JPY _and_ CNY/RMB. But feel free to correct them, I'd love to hear how that conversation goes. :-) Reply
  • halikarnas - Saturday, April 27, 2019 - link

    Since when Chinese retailers started to use Japanese yen for transactions ? ¥ 8888 (CNY) is approximately $ 1,320 at current exchange rates. Reply
  • Valantar - Saturday, April 27, 2019 - link

    So when's the 3TB TLC EVO version of this coming? Reply
  • Morawka - Sunday, April 28, 2019 - link

    $1200 for 2TB?! that's about 4X the price of a 970 Pro 1TB ($350 USD) drive for 2X the capacity. The price will have to come down before I bite. Reply
  • Notmyusualid - Monday, April 29, 2019 - link

    Here in Thailand, at one of the big retailers 'Banana IT', I priced the 1TB Pro at 20,900 THB ($654 USD) just yesterday.

    It mattered not to them what it cost at other places or countries.
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