Average Bench: 201% (44th of 955)

Based on 81,532 user benchmarks.  Models: Samsung SSD 960 EVO 250GB, NVMe Samsung SSD 960

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]

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Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB averaged 100.8% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 678MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 937MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 80.6%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 389MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 567MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 81,532 samples)
Min Avg Max
983 Read 1,749 2,131
876 Write 1,307 1,514
435 Mixed 567 707
303 SusWrite 389 479
222% 1,003 MB/s
Min Avg Max
33.4 4K Read 44.2 54.6
96.9 4K Write 146 202
41.7 4K Mixed 53.3 63.9
212% 81.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
540 DQ Read 984 1,208
421 DQ Write 937 1,272
330 DQ Mixed 678 887
586% 866 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
134GB free
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1304 297 295 296 298 299 MB/s
Read 2,009
Write 1,486
Mixed 612
SusWrite 465
253% 1,143 MB/s
4K Read 43.1
4K Write 129
4K Mixed 51.3
199% 74.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,053
DQ Write 878
DQ Mixed 693
594% 875 MB/s
94GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 583 318 314 295 286 281 MB/s
Read 1,636
Write 1,391
Mixed 552
SusWrite 346
217% 981 MB/s
4K Read 46.9
4K Write 175
4K Mixed 55.7
235% 92.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,057
DQ Write 1,249
DQ Mixed 769
686% 1,025 MB/s
102GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 541 322 321 322 321 304 MB/s
Read 1,854
Write 1,438
Mixed 542
SusWrite 355
231% 1,047 MB/s
4K Read 44.9
4K Write 140
4K Mixed 54.1
211% 79.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,054
DQ Write 921
DQ Mixed 792
647% 922 MB/s
144GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 553 308 304 298 294 291 MB/s
Read 1,368
Write 1,257
Mixed 510
SusWrite 341
193% 869 MB/s
4K Read 46.6
4K Write 134
4K Mixed 52.3
208% 77.5 MB/s
DQ Read 898
DQ Write 662
DQ Mixed 599
497% 720 MB/s
155GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1087 459 295 295 295 295 MB/s
Read 1,777
Write 1,180
Mixed 498
SusWrite 454
216% 977 MB/s
4K Read 35.4
4K Write 81.8
4K Mixed 44.6
154% 53.9 MB/s
DQ Read 408
DQ Write 340
DQ Mixed 392
289% 380 MB/s
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Typical 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 11,751 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 108%
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Desktop 99%
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Workstation
Workstation 103%
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Motherboard: Asus PRIME X370-PRO - $128

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 106% - Outstanding Total price: $1,075

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 Comments

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9 days ago.

Exceptional read/write speeds and snappiness. Very welcome addition to my system.


Good

2 months ago.

Sequential Read = 2738 Sequential Write =1539


Good

10 days ago.

HUGE difference over my old HDD


Good

7 months ago.


Excellent

4 months ago.

the best of the best AAAAAAAAAA++++++++++


Excellent

12 months ago.

Superb NVMe M.2 SSD for any build.


Excellent

8 months ago.

An unbelievable best value performer in the NVMe category. This was an upgrade from my Samsung EVO 840 120GB which I paid $120 for years ago. For the same price, this drive delivers orders of magnitude more performance. SSDs don't have to break the bank!


Excellent

3 months ago.

Probably best $/perf


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