Release date ≈ Q2 2018.

Release date ≈ Q2 2018.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 58,674 user samples
57,779 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 272% 265GB free
Worst Bench: 161% 206GB free (System drive)
Poor: 161% Great: 272%
SPEED RANK: 38th / 992
895 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 349% 894GB free
Worst Bench: 198% 604GB free (System drive)
Poor: 198% Great: 349%
SPEED RANK: 10th / 992
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
230 % 296 % Faster effective speed.
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
2105 MB/s 2145 MB/s +2%
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
1377 MB/s 1409 MB/s +2%
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
56.7 MB/s 58.5 MB/s +3%
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
142 MB/s Slightly faster random write.
135 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
1088 MB/s 1194 MB/s Slightly faster mixed IO speed.
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
75.3 MB/s 79.1 MB/s Slightly faster random mixed IO.
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
404 MB/s 1431 MB/s Hugely faster sustained write speed.
Peak Sequential Read Speed
2514 MB/s 2581 MB/s +3%
Peak Sequential Write Speed
1475 MB/s 1681 MB/s Slightly faster peak write speed.
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
66.6 MB/s 68.8 MB/s +3%
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
202 MB/s +5% 193 MB/s
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
1304 MB/s 1321 MB/s +1%
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
89.9 MB/s 98.4 MB/s Slightly faster peak random mixed IO.
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
481 MB/s 1671 MB/s Hugely faster peak sustained write speed.
Market Share
Based on 12,966,448 SSDs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.73 % Insanely higher market share.
0.04 %
Value For Money
250 % 477 % Hugely better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
68 % More popular.
53 %
Price (score)
$85 Much cheaper.
10+ Months 10+ Months
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
981 MB/s 1302 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue read.
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
1477 MB/s Much faster peak deep queue write.
1111 MB/s
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
3,756 Pts 3,905 Pts +4%
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
1014 MB/s 1202 MB/s Faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
899 MB/s 1021 MB/s Slightly faster deep queue read.
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
961 MB/s Faster deep queue write.
828 MB/s
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
898 MB/s 902 MB/s +0%
250GB 960GB

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]


Solid State Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) March 2019 SSD Rankings.

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