Average Bench: 218% (11th of 873)

Based on 60,095 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 117.7% 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. Sequential Read Speed 2,168MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 1,191MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 99.9%. 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. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 279MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 253MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 60,095 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,406 Read 2,168 2,859
877 Write 1,103 1,255
998 Mixed 1,191 1,432
327% 1,487 MB/s
Min Avg Max
30.7 4K Read 52.2 60.2
47.9 4K Write 106 149
18.1 4K Mixed 32.3 47.5
176% 63.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
41.9 DQ Read 279 606
89.3 DQ Write 253 444
18.6 DQ Mixed 100 216
121% 211 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
135GB free
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,691
Write 1,202
Mixed 1,322
381% 1,738 MB/s
4K Read 59.6
4K Write 126
4K Mixed 43
212% 76.2 MB/s
DQ Read 533
DQ Write 311
DQ Mixed 167
193% 337 MB/s
74GB free
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,087
Write 1,156
Mixed 1,166
324% 1,470 MB/s
4K Read 56.9
4K Write 130
4K Mixed 27
190% 71.3 MB/s
DQ Read 489
DQ Write 360
DQ Mixed 29
129% 292 MB/s
173GB free
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 1,867
Write 1,120
Mixed 1,206
309% 1,398 MB/s
4K Read 55.9
4K Write 117
4K Mixed 47.2
207% 73.4 MB/s
DQ Read 490
DQ Write 328
DQ Mixed 177
195% 332 MB/s
150GB free
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,092
Write 1,258
Mixed 1,220
336% 1,523 MB/s
4K Read 53
4K Write 111
4K Mixed 25.4
172% 63.1 MB/s
DQ Read 53.5
DQ Write 105
DQ Mixed 23.7
34% 60.8 MB/s
150GB free
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,022
Write 1,082
Mixed 1,136
311% 1,413 MB/s
4K Read 53.6
4K Write 118
4K Mixed 27.7
179% 66.3 MB/s
DQ Read 323
DQ Write 332
DQ Mixed 23.3
101% 226 MB/s
133GB free
Firmware: 2B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,371
Write 965
Mixed 1,226
333% 1,521 MB/s
4K Read 36.8
4K Write 116
4K Mixed 19.9
142% 57.4 MB/s
DQ Read 54.5
DQ Write 316
DQ Mixed 24
66% 131 MB/s
193GB free
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 1,977
Write 1,042
Mixed 1,106
302% 1,375 MB/s
4K Read 47.3
4K Write 105
4K Mixed 23.4
157% 58.6 MB/s
DQ Read 344
DQ Write 260
DQ Mixed 141
149% 248 MB/s
159GB free
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 1,929
Write 1,169
Mixed 1,172
314% 1,423 MB/s
4K Read 34.4
4K Write 46.9
4K Mixed 21.4
104% 34.2 MB/s
DQ Read 35
DQ Write 113
DQ Mixed 67.2
54% 71.9 MB/s
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Typical 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 6,577 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 125%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 113%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 121%
UFO

Motherboard: Asus CROSSHAIR VI HERO - $241

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 90% - Outstanding Total price: $1,688

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14 days ago.

Great for Alienware 15 R3


Excellent

15 days ago.

HUGE difference over my old HDD


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1 month ago.


Excellent

6 months ago.

Superb NVMe M.2 SSD for any build.


Excellent

2 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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