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Crucial P2 1TB vs Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB: Which NVMe is the best?

Searching online for a Gen 3 NVMe SSD will surely lead you to the Samsung 970 EVO Plus and Crucial P2. There is a reason for this: both are quite affordable and very popular among average users.

Samsung 970 EVO Plus is a little expensive compared to the Crucial P2. But, at the same time, it also has some major advantages as well. We are going to cover all that here in this article.

Both of these SSDs are mid-range Gen 3 NVMe SSDs. But, Samsung 970 EVO Plus promises higher performance as compared to the Crucial P2. Crucial P2 is popular for its bad performance when it comes to reading and writing huge chunks of data. It isn’t considered a good gaming SSD either. But, there will be numerous use cases for this SSD in different scenarios.

The biggest drawback of the Crucial P2 is that it comes with the QLC NAND if you are going for a 500GB or higher variant. The second biggest drawback is that Crucial P2 is that it’s a DRAM-Less SSD.

So, in my opinion, right away, you should go for the Samsung 970 EVO Plus. the price difference is just 10 – 12 bucks. The Samsung 970 EVO Plus gives you a lot of advantages and better reliability.

But, still, let’s compare these both and see which one wins and which one is the best Gen 3 NVMe SSD for you.

SpecificationsSamsung 970 Evo PlusCrucial P2
Storage Variants250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB500GB, 1TB, 2TB
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x4 LanesPCIe 3.0 x4 Lanes
Form FactorM.2 2280M.2 2280
Sequential Read SpeedUp to 3500 MB/sUp to 2400 MB/s
Sequential Write SpeedUp to 3300 MB/sUp to 1900 MB/s
Random Read Read SpeedUp to 620KUp to 170K (250GB)
Random Write Speed Up to 560KUp to 160K (250GB)
TBWUp to 1,200 TBWUp to 600 TBW
NAND Flash TypeTLC 3DQLC at 500GB+
NVMe CategoryProsumer NVMe SSDBudget NVMe SSD
Warranty5- Years Limited Warranty5- Years Limited Warranty
PriceCheck AmazonCheck Amazon

The testbench has an Intel Core i5 12600K CPU along with a DDR5 4800MHz 16GB RAM kit. The motherboard is MSI Pro Z690-A. 1TB variants of both SSDs are used for the benchmark tests and both are 0% filled during the tests.

CrystalDismMark is another simple-to-use storage benchmark software. It is generally used to run sequential and random system tests using different file sizes. The default sequential read/write test is 1M at Q8T1 and Q1T1. The default random read/write test is 4KB at Q32T1 and Q1T1. You can easily change these test types along with the total test file size.

sequential read/write speed comparison between Samsung 970 EVO Plus and Crucial P2
Random read/write speed comparison between Samsung 970 EVO Plus and Crucial P2

Anvils Storage Utilities is our next benchmark software with a pretty simple interface. It runs all the tests automatically and gives you a final score. A higher number means better performance. It runs a wide array of tests including Seq 4MB, 4K, 4K QD4, 4K QD16, 32K, and 128K, in both read and write formats

Anvil Storage utilities scores comparison bar graph

Samsung 970 EVO is any day way better than the Crucial P2. I don’t think even this comparison is worth it. In terms of performance, Samsung 970 EVO Plus is one of the top PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSDs. However, the P2 can be placed pretty well near the bottom.

Version (Capacity) Crucial P2 (TBW)Samsung 970 EVO Plus(TBW)

In terms of TBW and overall endurance, the 970 EVO Plus is coming with good things for you. In the 2TB variant, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus comes with double i.e. 1200 TBW.

ParameterCrucial P2 WD Blue SN550
MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure)1.5 Million Hours1.5 Million Hours
Warranty Period5 Years 5 Years
SpecificationCrucial P2 Samsung 970 EVO Plus
NAND TypeMicron TLC/ QLCSamsung 3-bit MLC V-NAND
NAND Layers96 Layers92/96
ControllerPhison E13TSamsung Phoenix
Controller ConfigurationsSingle-core, 4-ch, 8-CE/chPenta-core, 8-Channels
EncryptionNoAES 256-bit Encryption

As we discussed earlier, the Crucial P2 comes with a big disadvantage of QLC NAND at 500GB+ variants. However, it lacks encryption and DRAM as well. The controller just has a single core which is actually enough to power its low specifications. So, technically, we can’t consider the Crucial P2 a good SSD for any purpose. However, for low-end users and for raw data storage, it can still be considered.

Samsung 970 EVO Plus is the clear winner here in terms of performance and reliability. Whether you want to play games or install the SSD on your work computer, the 970 EVO Plus is the best pick for you.

Surprisingly, the Samsung 970 EVO Plus is cheaper than the Crucial P2 on most online shopping platforms. So, it is definitely a good option for people looking for a great performance-to-price ratio. But, even if you found it expensive, the difference will be pretty acceptable considering the issues with the Crucial P2.

Samsung 970 EVO Plus comes with the advantage of amazing performance along with great reliability and Samsung’s trust. So, if you are confused, just go for it.

Thanks for reading!

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