Average Bench: 198% (39th of 956)

Based on 105,726 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 98.2% 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 665MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 900MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 88.4%. 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 373MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 563MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 105,726 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,055 Read 1,763 2,153
833 Write 1,297 1,511
438 Mixed 563 697
265 SusWrite 373 477
221% 999 MB/s
Min Avg Max
29.8 4K Read 44 54.6
85.1 4K Write 142 193
39.1 4K Mixed 52.7 63.1
209% 79.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
395 DQ Read 960 1,174
330 DQ Write 900 1,265
321 DQ Mixed 665 889
572% 841 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
88GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 635 325 326 325 324 324 MB/s
Read 2,158
Write 1,413
Mixed 531
SusWrite 377
246% 1,120 MB/s
4K Read 46.2
4K Write 177
4K Mixed 57.3
237% 93.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,064
DQ Write 1235
DQ Mixed 846
721% 1,048 MB/s
232GB free
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1360 312 313 313 313 313 MB/s
Read 1,978
Write 1,512
Mixed 738
SusWrite 487
261% 1,179 MB/s
4K Read 39.1
4K Write 150
4K Mixed 58.3
213% 82.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,157
DQ Write 1,096
DQ Mixed 742
662% 998 MB/s
167GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1255 299 293 293 294 292 MB/s
Read 1,573
Write 1,394
Mixed 621
SusWrite 454
225% 1,010 MB/s
4K Read 56
4K Write 162
4K Mixed 54.1
240% 90.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,064
DQ Write 1,244
DQ Mixed 1,050
820% 1,120 MB/s
194GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1331 309 311 304 310 310 MB/s
Read 1,968
Write 1,505
Mixed 672
SusWrite 479
256% 1,156 MB/s
4K Read 47.9
4K Write 102
4K Mixed 48.2
188% 66 MB/s
DQ Read 870
DQ Write 685
DQ Mixed 619
506% 725 MB/s
117GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 548 293 290 289 287 285 MB/s
Read 1,620
Write 1,192
Mixed 548
SusWrite 332
204% 923 MB/s
4K Read 45.8
4K Write 133
4K Mixed 49.8
203% 76.1 MB/s
DQ Read 1,160
DQ Write 836
DQ Mixed 544
529% 847 MB/s
84GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 447 210 206 204 204 202 MB/s
Read 735
Write 602
Mixed 372
SusWrite 245
109% 489 MB/s
4K Read 39.1
4K Write 93.2
4K Mixed 42.6
163% 58.3 MB/s
DQ Read 780
DQ Write 637
DQ Mixed 660
507% 692 MB/s
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Desktop 99%
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Workstation 103%
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Motherboard: Asus PRIME X370-PRO - $128

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 112% - Outstanding Total price: $1,036

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 Comments

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4 days ago.

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


Average

3 days ago.

Sequential Read = 2738 Sequential Write =1539


Terrible

1 month ago.

HUGE difference over my old HDD


Good

10 months ago.


Excellent

6 months ago.

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


Excellent

14 months ago.

Superb NVMe M.2 SSD for any build.


Excellent

10 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

5 months ago.

Probably best $/perf


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