Average Bench: 219% (12th of 908)

Based on 77,623 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]


Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB averaged 118.6% 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.


Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,193MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 1,207MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 96.1%. 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.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 269MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 239MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 77,623 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,430 Read 2,193 2,847
920 Write 1,116 1,257
1,046 Mixed 1,207 1,433
331% 1,505 MB/s
Min Avg Max
32.2 4K Read 50.2 59.7
59.8 4K Write 106 152
19.2 4K Mixed 33.1 49.1
174% 63 MB/s
Min Avg Max
39 DQ Read 269 612
87.3 DQ Write 239 447
19 DQ Mixed 96.4 215
116% 202 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
115GB free
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,691
Write 1,242
Mixed 1,433
393% 1,789 MB/s
4K Read 49.3
4K Write 96.1
4K Mixed 34.2
169% 59.9 MB/s
DQ Read 389
DQ Write 315
DQ Mixed 27.9
109% 244 MB/s
171GB free
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,855
Write 1,180
Mixed 1,331
391% 1,789 MB/s
4K Read 58.7
4K Write 136
4K Mixed 27.4
196% 74.1 MB/s
DQ Read 60.2
DQ Write 169
DQ Mixed 29.5
47% 86.3 MB/s
177GB free
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,354
Write 1,095
Mixed 1,174
338% 1,541 MB/s
4K Read 57
4K Write 123
4K Mixed 51.9
218% 77.4 MB/s
DQ Read 390
DQ Write 250
DQ Mixed 150
158% 263 MB/s
57GB free
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,303
Write 1,242
Mixed 1,212
349% 1,586 MB/s
4K Read 52.7
4K Write 100
4K Mixed 43
188% 65.3 MB/s
DQ Read 265
DQ Write 152
DQ Mixed 102
104% 173 MB/s
144GB free
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,037
Write 1,035
Mixed 1,153
310% 1,408 MB/s
4K Read 49.3
4K Write 81.1
4K Mixed 42.4
172% 57.6 MB/s
DQ Read 311
DQ Write 139
DQ Mixed 97.7
106% 182 MB/s
138GB free
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 1,813
Write 1,158
Mixed 1,183
306% 1,385 MB/s
4K Read 36.2
4K Write 126
4K Mixed 24.8
153% 62.4 MB/s
DQ Read 546
DQ Write 205
DQ Mixed 130
161% 294 MB/s
196GB free
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 1,912
Write 1,231
Mixed 1,214
321% 1,453 MB/s
4K Read 39.8
4K Write 58.2
4K Mixed 37.3
139% 45.1 MB/s
DQ Read 130
DQ Write 83.9
DQ Mixed 51.7
53% 88.4 MB/s
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Gaming 98%
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Desktop 102%
Workstation 103%

Motherboard: Asus PRIME X370-PRO - $166

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 95% - Outstanding Total price: $1,168

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21 hrs ago.

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


1 month ago.

top ssd


2 months ago.

HUGE difference over my old HDD


1 month ago.

very good


23 days ago.

An excellent SSD


3 months ago.


24 days ago.

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


8 months ago.

Superb NVMe M.2 SSD for any build.


4 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!

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