Real World Speed
Performance profile from 894,740 user samples
67,190 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 341% 141GB free
Worst Bench: 167% 89GB free
Poor: 167% Great: 341%
SPEED RANK: 39th / 1058
827,550 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 123% 53GB free
Worst Bench: 73% 64GB free (System drive)
Poor: 73% Great: 123%
SPEED RANK: 229th / 1058
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
268 % Hugely faster effective speed.
+161%
103 %
Read
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
2068 MB/s Hugely faster read speed.
+339%
471 MB/s
Write
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
1385 MB/s Hugely faster write speed.
+224%
428 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
48.7 MB/s Faster random read.
+23%
39.5 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
132 MB/s Much faster random write.
+42%
93 MB/s
Mixed
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
800 MB/s Hugely faster mixed IO speed.
+116%
371 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
62.5 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
+21%
51.8 MB/s
SusWrite
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
1216 MB/s Hugely faster sustained write speed.
+394%
246 MB/s
Read
Peak Sequential Read Speed
2591 MB/s Hugely faster peak read speed.
+411%
507 MB/s
Write
Peak Sequential Write Speed
1931 MB/s Hugely faster peak write speed.
+294%
490 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
53.8 MB/s Faster peak random read.
+13%
47.5 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
183 MB/s Much faster peak random write.
+48%
124 MB/s
Mixed
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
964 MB/s Hugely faster peak mixed IO speed.
+132%
416 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
77 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
+20%
64.2 MB/s
SusWrite
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
1877 MB/s Hugely faster peak sustained write speed.
+474%
327 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 47,179,781 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.11 % 1.19 % Hugely higher market share.
+982%
Value
Value For Money
46.3 % Hugely better value.
+249%
13.3 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
55 % 55 %
Price
Price (score)
$139 $100 Cheaper.
+28%
Age
Newest
59+ Months More recent.
+27%
81 Months
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
1316 MB/s Hugely faster peak deep queue read.
+241%
386 MB/s
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
1311 MB/s Hugely faster peak deep queue write.
+262%
362 MB/s
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
4,124 Pts Hugely stronger server IO.
+221%
1,284 Pts
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
1134 MB/s Hugely faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
+207%
369 MB/s
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
1093 MB/s Hugely faster deep queue read.
+218%
344 MB/s
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
840 MB/s Hugely faster deep queue write.
+183%
297 MB/s
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
875 MB/s Hugely faster deep queue mixed IO.
+182%
310 MB/s
Capacity
Capacity
512GB 250GB
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Samsung’s NVMe SSD flagship, the 960 Pro, is one of the fastest consumer SSDs on the market, currently second only to Intel’s 900P Optane SSDs. This PCIe SSD offers high-end performance at a premium price and therefore, as the name suggests, is may be more suited towards professional users. Our real world benchmarks show that the 960 Pro has read/write speeds in excess of 4 times faster than the Samsung 850 Pro which is the next best SATA SSD. Compared to the now two year old NVMe 950 Pro the 960 Pro offers significantly higher write throughput and is less susceptible to thermal throttling. The 960 Pro is based on a denser version of Samsung’s V-NAND (3D) technology, featuring more layers of memory cells. The 960 Pro also features an upgraded and faster 5 ARM Polaris controller, compared to the 950 Pro’s 3 ARM UBX controller. The smallest capacity for the 960 Pro is 512 GB, which may make it prohibitively expensive for some. Fortunately, for those that still want the superb NVMe performance, the 250 GB Samsung 960 Evo offers a more affordable choice, albeit with lower sustained write speeds when compared to the 512 GB 960 Pro. The 960 Pro is based on MLC (2-bit) V-NAND whilst the 960 Evo is based on the slightly lower enduring TLC (3-bit) V-NAND, and this accounts for Samsung’s reduced warranty for the 960 Evo (3 years/200 TBW versus 5 years/400 TBW for the 512 GB versions of the 960 Evo and 960 Pro respectively). Unlike the 960 Evo, the 960 Pro doesn’t have an SLC cache which results in more consistent sustained write speeds. [Nov '17 SSDrivePro]

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The 250GB Samsung 850 Evo has a similar architecture to its hugely successful predecessor, the 840 Evo. Both drives are TLC based but the 850 uses 3D V-NAND as opposed to regular NAND. Both drives also feature a Turbowrite cache (TWC) which buffers up to 3GB of writes. The TWC enables high burst write speeds but when the cache exhausts write speeds drop to 300 MB/s. Comparing the 850 and 840 Evos shows that effective speed, has improved by 11% and the warranty has been extended from three to five years but prices are also up by 11%. The 850 Evo does put in superb benchmarks (second only to the 850 Pro) but these are only valid within the TWC. At current price levels the 850 Evo struggles to compete with the value leaders[Dec '14 SSDrivePro]

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Solid State Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) September 2021 SSD Rankings.

Welcome to our 2.5" and M.2 SSD comparison. We calculate effective speed for both SATA and NVMe drives based on real world performance then adjust by current prices per GB to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top SSDs. [SSDrivePro]

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Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

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  • - Download and run UserBenchMark.
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write, sustained write and mixed IO.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - SkillBench (space shooter) tests user input accuracy.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC.
  • - See speed test results from other users.
  • - Compare your components to the current market leaders.
  • - Explore your best upgrade options with a virtual PC build.
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