Real World Speed
Performance profile from 131,272 user samples
28,712 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 358% 308GB free (System drive)
Worst Bench: 194% 137GB free (System drive)
Poor: 194% Great: 358%
SPEED RANK: 12th / 980
102,560 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 236% 127GB free (System drive)
Worst Bench: 148% 27GB free (System drive)
Poor: 148% Great: 236%
SPEED RANK: 45th / 980
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
292 % Much faster effective speed.
201 %
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
2183 MB/s Faster read speed.
1765 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
1589 MB/s Faster write speed.
1309 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
49.2 MB/s Slightly faster random read.
44.8 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
147 MB/s +2% 144 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
847 MB/s Much faster mixed IO speed.
572 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
67 MB/s Faster random mixed IO.
53.6 MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
1416 MB/s Hugely faster sustained write speed.
373 MB/s
Peak Sequential Read Speed
2664 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
2142 MB/s
Peak Sequential Write Speed
1931 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
1507 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
55.7 MB/s +0% 55.6 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
208 MB/s Slightly faster peak random write.
197 MB/s
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
996 MB/s Much faster peak mixed IO speed.
716 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
79.7 MB/s Faster peak random mixed IO.
64.9 MB/s
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
1897 MB/s Hugely faster peak sustained write speed.
480 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 11,465,103 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.36 % 1.17 % Hugely higher market share.
Value For Money
330 % Much better value.
193 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
66 % 68 % +3%
Price (score)
$165 $100 Much cheaper.
27+ Months 26+ Months +4%
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
1317 MB/s Slightly faster peak deep queue read.
1217 MB/s
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
1353 MB/s Slightly faster peak deep queue write.
1277 MB/s
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
4,204 Pts Slightly stronger server IO.
3,851 Pts
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
1143 MB/s Faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
896 MB/s
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
1079 MB/s Slightly faster deep queue read.
1005 MB/s
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
947 MB/s +0% 943 MB/s
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
919 MB/s Much faster deep queue mixed IO.
700 MB/s
512GB 250GB

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]


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]


Solid State Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) January 2019 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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  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.
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