Average Bench: 204% (38th of 956)

Based on 86,492 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 103.5% 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 685MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 951MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 88.9%. 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 385MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 572MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 86,492 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,169 Read 1,805 2,149
954 Write 1,337 1,510
450 Mixed 572 724
270 SusWrite 385 478
226% 1,025 MB/s
Min Avg Max
32.8 4K Read 44 54
95.9 4K Write 149 201
40.8 4K Mixed 53.4 64.5
214% 82 MB/s
Min Avg Max
498 DQ Read 986 1,205
429 DQ Write 951 1,267
346 DQ Mixed 685 898
592% 874 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
143GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1148 422 309 308 307 308 MB/s
Read 2,120
Write 1,525
Mixed 693
SusWrite 467
266% 1,201 MB/s
4K Read 46.7
4K Write 178
4K Mixed 56.4
237% 93.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,051
DQ Write 1,138
DQ Mixed 740
655% 976 MB/s
88GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 517 289 284 284 282 275 MB/s
Read 2,023
Write 1,405
Mixed 644
SusWrite 322
242% 1,098 MB/s
4K Read 44.3
4K Write 184
4K Mixed 62.6
244% 96.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,186
DQ Write 1,043
DQ Mixed 765
669% 998 MB/s
125GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 534 280 291 271 286 272 MB/s
Read 2,113
Write 1,269
Mixed 541
SusWrite 322
233% 1,061 MB/s
4K Read 47.8
4K Write 158
4K Mixed 56.6
228% 87.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,070
DQ Write 908
DQ Mixed 514
515% 831 MB/s
88GB free
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1346 293 294 295 296 296 MB/s
Read 1,668
Write 1,431
Mixed 564
SusWrite 470
229% 1,033 MB/s
4K Read 31.7
4K Write 152
4K Mixed 37.6
176% 73.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,018
DQ Write 1117
DQ Mixed 878
713% 1,004 MB/s
111GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 609 273 265 274 271 269 MB/s
Read 1,989
Write 1,466
Mixed 498
SusWrite 327
236% 1,070 MB/s
4K Read 40.3
4K Write 108
4K Mixed 47.1
178% 65 MB/s
DQ Read 872
DQ Write 683
DQ Mixed 695
542% 750 MB/s
169GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1248 307 300 302 305 305 MB/s
Read 1,514
Write 1,313
Mixed 480
SusWrite 461
209% 942 MB/s
4K Read 39.4
4K Write 110
4K Mixed 46.4
178% 65.4 MB/s
DQ Read 810
DQ Write 699
DQ Mixed 673
527% 728 MB/s
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Typical 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 12,246 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 108%
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Desktop 100%
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Workstation
Workstation 104%
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Motherboard: Asus PRIME X370-PRO - $128

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 117% - Outstanding Total price: $893

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 Comments

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3 days ago.

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


Terrible

1 day ago.

Sequential Read = 2738 Sequential Write =1539


Terrible

9 days ago.

HUGE difference over my old HDD


Good

8 months ago.


Excellent

5 months ago.

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


Excellent

13 months ago.

Superb NVMe M.2 SSD for any build.


Excellent

9 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

4 months ago.

Probably best $/perf


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