Average Bench: 217% (19th of 927)

Based on 98,958 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 117.5% 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. Sequential Read Speed 2,198MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 1,192MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 105%. 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 256MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 235MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 98,958 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,353 Read 2,198 2,861
807 Write 1,100 1,251
647 Mixed 1,192 1,420
329% 1,497 MB/s
Min Avg Max
30.9 4K Read 52.3 59.6
58.7 4K Write 104 142
19.3 4K Mixed 32 48.6
175% 62.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
40.9 DQ Read 256 580
95.4 DQ Write 235 421
18.6 DQ Mixed 88.7 192
110% 193 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
119GB free
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,689
Write 1,194
Mixed 1,348
382% 1,744 MB/s
4K Read 55.1
4K Write 119
4K Mixed 41.9
200% 72.1 MB/s
DQ Read 102
DQ Write 318
DQ Mixed 74.1
96% 165 MB/s
148GB free
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,337
Write 1,196
Mixed 1,178
345% 1,570 MB/s
4K Read 57
4K Write 122
4K Mixed 48.8
213% 75.8 MB/s
DQ Read 549
DQ Write 282
DQ Mixed 175
194% 335 MB/s
233GB free
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
4KALIGNED
Read 2,215
Write 1,185
Mixed 1,208
338% 1,536 MB/s
4K Read 55.9
4K Write 126
4K Mixed 42
205% 74.6 MB/s
DQ Read 580
DQ Write 145
DQ Mixed 179
179% 301 MB/s
159GB free
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,501
Write 1,167
Mixed 1,406
372% 1,691 MB/s
4K Read 37
4K Write 154
4K Mixed 26.8
172% 72.5 MB/s
DQ Read 50.7
DQ Write 186
DQ Mixed 25.8
47% 87.6 MB/s
96GB free
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,299
Write 1,172
Mixed 1,327
352% 1,599 MB/s
4K Read 38.3
4K Write 107
4K Mixed 22
143% 55.7 MB/s
DQ Read 47.7
DQ Write 109
DQ Mixed 22.5
33% 59.7 MB/s
185GB free
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 1,813
Write 1,062
Mixed 1,175
298% 1,350 MB/s
4K Read 45.8
4K Write 106
4K Mixed 42.2
180% 64.8 MB/s
DQ Read 33.2
DQ Write 131
DQ Mixed 19.7
33% 61.2 MB/s
160GB free
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 1,880
Write 1,115
Mixed 1,129
303% 1,375 MB/s
4K Read 51.6
4K Write 105
4K Mixed 24.1
164% 60.2 MB/s
DQ Read 54.4
DQ Write 120
DQ Mixed 23.5
36% 66 MB/s
71GB free
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 1,879
Write 1,141
Mixed 1,188
310% 1,403 MB/s
4K Read 28.1
4K Write 40.7
4K Mixed 24.7
96% 31.2 MB/s
DQ Read 99.4
DQ Write 60.4
DQ Mixed 37.7
39% 65.8 MB/s
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Typical 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 10,606 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 98%
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Desktop
Desktop 102%
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Workstation
Workstation 104%
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Motherboard: Asus PRIME X370-PRO - $150

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 99% - Outstanding Total price: $1,093

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19 days ago.

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


Good

9 days ago.

Sequential Read = 2738 Sequential Write =1539


Good

26 days ago.

HUGE difference over my old HDD


Good

5 months ago.


Excellent

2 months ago.

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


Excellent

10 months ago.

Superb NVMe M.2 SSD for any build.


Excellent

6 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

1 month ago.

Probably best $/perf


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