Controller: Marvell 88SS9189. Flash Memory: Micron 16nm MLC.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 84,725 user samples
77,623 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 264% 118GB free
Worst Bench: 168% 162GB free
Poor: 168% Great: 264%
SPEED RANK: 12th / 908
7,102 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 100% 126GB free
Worst Bench: 59% 95GB free
Poor: 59% Great: 100%
SPEED RANK: 181st / 908
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
219 % Hugely faster effective speed.
82.9 %
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
2193 MB/s Hugely faster read speed.
500 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
1116 MB/s Hugely faster write speed.
367 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
50.2 MB/s Hugely faster random read.
26.9 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
106 MB/s Much faster random write.
70.3 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
1207 MB/s Hugely faster mixed IO speed.
374 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
33.1 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
24.2 MB/s
Peak Sequential Read Speed
2847 MB/s Hugely faster peak read speed.
527 MB/s
Peak Sequential Write Speed
1257 MB/s Hugely faster peak write speed.
399 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
59.7 MB/s Hugely faster peak random read.
32.6 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
152 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
99.6 MB/s
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
1433 MB/s Hugely faster peak mixed IO speed.
416 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
49.1 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
33.9 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 6,038,103 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
4.59 % Insanely higher market share.
0.14 %
Value For Money
183 % Hugely better value.
63.9 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
68 % 68 %
Price (score)
$120 Slightly cheaper.
16 Months Much more recent.
38 Months
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
612 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue read.
348 MB/s
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
447 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue write.
276 MB/s
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
2,110 Pts Hugely stronger server IO.
1,075 Pts
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
215 MB/s Hugely faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
66.8 MB/s
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
269 MB/s Much faster deep queue read.
176 MB/s
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
239 MB/s Much faster deep queue write.
172 MB/s
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
96.4 MB/s Hugely faster deep queue mixed IO.
43.4 MB/s
250GB 250GB

The 960 Evo SSD is one of Samsung’s premier NVMe SSDs, along with their current flagship, the 960 Pro. The Evo variant is available in a variety of capacities including 250, 500 and 1000 GB, each with a commensurate price tag, whilst the 960 Pro is available in 512, 1024 and 2048 GB capacities. The 960 Evo has lower write endurance compared to the 960 Pro due to its TLC (3-bit) V-NAND flash memory (the 960 Pro consists of MLC (2-bit) V-NAND). As a result, Samsung only guarantee 200 terabytes written on the 512 GB 960 Evo, compared to double that on the 960 Pro, however, this volume of data is very unlikely to affect consumers. The 250 GB 960 Evo has a 13 GB SLC cache which boosts initial write speed to roughly match the 960 Pro but writes exceeding 13 GB drop in speed by over 50%. Overall, the 960 Pro offers more consistent write performance than the 960 Evo, however, this will only impact workloads that exceed the 13 GB. [Nov '17 SSDrivePro]


The 250GB Crucial MX200 is successor to the hugely successful MX100. Both drives use the same NAND and controller but the new MX200 features Dynamic Write Acceleration (DWA) which is a new dynamically sized SLC cache. Samsung were the first to introduce SLC caching on the 840 Evo nearly two years ago so Crucial are somewhat late to the party. SLC caches generally only help performance in corner case real word scenarios and benchmarks. I prefer drives without SLC caches because they offer more consistent and sustainable real world IO. Comparing the MX100 and MX200 shows that the newer MX200 has a significantly faster peak write speed which is of course explained by the new DWA cache. Price is the deciding factor between the MX100 and MX200 so although the MX200 isn't priced aggressively yet, it will almost certainly move up the value rankings when retailers build stocks and subsequently cut prices. [Feb '15 SSDrivePro]


Solid State Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) March 2018 SSD Rankings.

Welcome to our 2.5" and M.2 SSD comparison. We calculate effective speed for both SATA and NVMe drives based on real world performance then adjust by current prices per GB to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top SSDs. [SSDrivePro]


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  • Details ordered by value - Detailed performance stats ordered by overall value for money.
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