Controller: Samsung 3 Core MEX. Memory: Samsung 19nm Toggle Mode TLC.

Controller: Indilinx Everest 2 IDX400M00-BC. Flash Memory: Intel Synchronous 25nm MLC.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 5684 user samples
5028 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 103% 40GB free
Worst Bench: 41% 174GB free
Worst: 41% Best: 103%
SPEED RANK: 153rd / 707
656 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 116% 207GB free
Worst Bench: 39% 182GB free
Worst: 39% Best: 116%
SPEED RANK: 61st / 707
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
78.1 % -11% 86.4 % Slightly faster effective speed.
Market Share
Based on 310,017 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
4.1 % Hugely higher market share.
0.5 % -720%
Value For Money
72.4 % Hugely better value.
28.3 % -156%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
64 % Slightly more popular.
60 % -7%
Price (score)
$105 Much cheaper.
$430 -76%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
473 MB/s +4% 456 MB/s -4%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
333 MB/s -19% 396 MB/s Faster write speed.
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
33.6 MB/s Faster random read.
26.4 MB/s -27%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
52.1 MB/s -60% 83.6 MB/s Much faster random write.
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
306 MB/s -23% 376 MB/s Faster mixed IO speed.
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
19.5 MB/s -29% 25.1 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
510 MB/s +0% 509 MB/s -0%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
377 MB/s -28% 483 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
44.3 MB/s Faster peak random read.
34.1 MB/s -30%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
85.3 MB/s -56% 133 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
356 MB/s -21% 432 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
26.4 MB/s -33% 35.2 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
27 Months Much more recent.
42 Months -36%
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
367 MB/s Slightly faster peak deep queue read.
336 MB/s -9%
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
258 MB/s -28% 329 MB/s Faster peak deep queue write.
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
1,090 Pts -6% 1,158 Pts Slightly stronger server IO.
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
82.8 MB/s -49% 123 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
217 MB/s Slightly faster deep queue read.
194 MB/s -12%
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
163 MB/s -33% 216 MB/s Much faster deep queue write.
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
53.8 MB/s -45% 77.9 MB/s Much faster deep queue mixed IO.
250GB 256GB

The Evo is remarkable in that, like the Sandisk Extreme II, it features a second level cache. For the 250 GB Evo this consists of a 3 GB Turbowrite cache (TWC) which is a block of high speed Flash Memory. When the TWC is exhausted write speeds drop by approximately 50% but that won't often happen under typical consumer workloads. In terms of raw performance, even with its cache, the Evo still isn't the fastest drive. With a real world speed index reading of 439 MB/s the EVO is however, within reach of the two speed leaders (Vector and 850 Pro). At a price point of $130 the Evo is around 30% cheaper making it the best value for money SSDs I have seen in 2014. Comparing the Evo and the Sandisk Ultra Plus shows that the Evo is the winner but the Sandisk may be a viable alternative thanks to its cache-free, and therefore more consistent performance during extended writes. [Aug '14 SSDrivePro]


The Vertex 4 is just over a year old but thanks to its recent firmware update (1.5), it still manages to perform almost on a par with the best drives currently available. One of the striking aspects of the Vertex is its well-rounded performance profile. With an AS-SSD score of 1137 and a real world speed of 548 the Vertex 4 is able to cope extremely well with both server and consumer type workloads. This drive uses the new Indilux Everest 2 controller, which unlike the previous generations of this drive which used a SandForce controller, is able to cope admirably with both compressible and incompressible data. Overall, the Vertex 4 is a great performing SSD that said, there are better value for money (and younger) drives available, including the Vertex 4's own successor, the OCZ Vector[Jun '13 SSDrivePro]


Solid State Drive User Rankings (Charts) October 2015 SSD Rankings.

Welcome to our consumer SSD comparison. We calculate effective speed based on real world performance then adjust by cost per GB to yield a value for money rating. Calculated values don't always tell the whole picture so we check them against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors and more to bring you the definitive list of top SSDs. Share your opinion by voting. [SSDrivePro]

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Intel Core i7-4790K $323Nvidia GTX 970 $289Samsung 850 Evo 250GB $88Barracuda 7200.14 1TB $46SanDisk Extreme 64GB $35
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