Release date ≈ Q2 2018.

Release date ≈ Q2 2018.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 27,469 user samples
26,240 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 274% 375GB free
Worst Bench: 167% 170GB free (System drive)
Poor: 167% Great: 274%
SPEED RANK: 28th / 964
1,229 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 285% 202GB free
Worst Bench: 178% 126GB free (System drive)
Poor: 178% Great: 285%
SPEED RANK: 24th / 964
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
234 % 244 % +4%
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
2169 MB/s Faster read speed.
1811 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
1386 MB/s Much faster write speed.
1017 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
57.1 MB/s 58.4 MB/s +2%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
143 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
135 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
1101 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
962 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
76.1 MB/s 77.2 MB/s +1%
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
419 MB/s 912 MB/s Hugely faster sustained write speed.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
2509 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
2169 MB/s
Peak Sequential Write Speed
1474 MB/s Faster peak write speed.
1145 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
66.4 MB/s 68.9 MB/s +4%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
197 MB/s +4% 189 MB/s
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
1297 MB/s Faster peak mixed IO speed.
1078 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
90.9 MB/s 94.7 MB/s +4%
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
483 MB/s 1105 MB/s Hugely faster peak sustained write speed.
Market Share
Based on 9,676,241 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
2.22 % Insanely higher market share.
0.18 %
Value For Money
258 % 303 % Better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
63 % Slightly more popular.
55 %
Price (score)
$83 $68 Cheaper.
6+ Months Slightly more recent.
7+ Months
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
981 MB/s Faster peak deep queue read.
831 MB/s
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
1489 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue write.
1066 MB/s
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
3,762 Pts Stronger server IO.
3,028 Pts
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
1013 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
651 MB/s
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
892 MB/s Faster deep queue read.
772 MB/s
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
940 MB/s Faster deep queue write.
816 MB/s
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
882 MB/s Much faster deep queue mixed IO.
597 MB/s
250GB 240GB

The 970 Evo is Samsung’s third generation NVMe PCIe SSD for high-end consumers and professionals alike. It employs the latest Samsung Phoenix controller and their latest version of TLC 3D NAND (now 64-layers) which is cheaper but with slightly lower endurance and weaker write consistency than the MLC NAND found in the 970 Pro. The 970 Evo comes in a M.2 form factor and four sizes: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB. The $120 250GB 970 Evo has an advertised sequential read speed of up to 3400 MB/s (200MB/s faster than the 250GB 960 Evo) and a sequential write speed of 1500 MB/s which drops to 300 MB/s once the 13Gb of SLC cache has been exhausted (this is similar to the sustained write performance on the 960 Evo). Further benchmarks are required before we can attest to its overall performance in the real world. The anticipated modest performance improvement between generations is expected to maintain Samsung’s front running as the premium SSD brand. Samsung now offers a warranty of 5 years across the suite of 970 SSDs and specifically a generous write endurance of 150 TBW on the 250 GB 970 Evo, thereby challenging the need for the 970 Pro MLC variant. [May '18 SSDrivePro]


Adata’s XPG SX8200 offers NVMe PCIe SSD performance at SATA SSD prices, thereby offering outstanding value for money to casual and power PC users alike. Adata have combined two high performance commodity components: a Silicon Motion controller (SM2262) and Micron’s second generation 3D TLC 64 layer flash memory. The XPG SX8200 also includes a generous SLC cache and a DRAM cache buffer. Adata have not specified the exact size of the SLC cache in each model but it’s clear from our 60 second sustained write tests that the buffer is sufficient for more than 60 seconds of continuous writes which equates to over 60GB (60s x 1 GB/s) for the 240GB model and over 90GB (60s x 1.5 GB/s) for the 480GB and 960GB models. Unlike many other drives with SLC caching, the SX8200 has a large enough cache to ensure that consumers will almost always operate the drive within the cache and therefore experience no write degradation at all. Adata offer a 5 year warranty and a limited TBW warranty (160 TBW for the 240 GB version, 320 TBW for the 480GB and 640 TBW for the 960GB) on these SSDs, which is in line with other premium manufacturers. The NVMe PCIe SSD consumer market has been dominated by Samsung in recent years but the 240GB SX8200 beats Samsung’s 250GB 970 Evo hands down on both price and performance (the 250GB 970 Evo is let down by a relatively small SLC cache which allows for less than 10 seconds of writes before saturation after which the write speed on the Evo drops to mere sub SATA 300 MB/s). The SX8200 is the new value leader and heralds a new era of competition for the mainstream segment of the NVMe SSD market. [Jul '18 SSDrivePro]


Solid State Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) November 2018 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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