Real World Speed
Performance profile from 395,578 user samples
154,949 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 280% 19GB free (System drive)
Worst Bench: 160% 232GB free
Poor: 160% Great: 280%
SPEED RANK: 68th / 1071
240,629 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 236% 151GB free (System drive)
Worst Bench: 142% 85GB free (System drive)
Poor: 142% Great: 236%
SPEED RANK: 99th / 1071
Effective Speed
Effective SSD Speed
235 % Faster effective speed.
199 %
Avg. Sequential Read Speed
2166 MB/s Faster read speed.
1753 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed
1408 MB/s Faster write speed.
1260 MB/s
4K Read
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed
61.5 MB/s Much faster random read.
43.9 MB/s
4K Write
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed
146 MB/s +4% 141 MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed
1132 MB/s Hugely faster mixed IO speed.
559 MB/s
4K Mixed
Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
76.8 MB/s Much faster random mixed IO.
52.9 MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed
391 MB/s Slightly faster sustained write speed.
366 MB/s
Peak Sequential Read Speed
2518 MB/s Faster peak read speed.
2121 MB/s
Peak Sequential Write Speed
2123 MB/s Much faster peak write speed.
1473 MB/s
4K Read
Peak 4K Random Read Speed
69.1 MB/s Faster peak random read.
54.5 MB/s
4K Write
Peak 4K Random Write Speed
220 MB/s +5% 210 MB/s
Peak Sequential Mixed IO Speed
1430 MB/s Hugely faster peak mixed IO speed.
691 MB/s
4K Mixed
Peak 4K Random Mixed IO Speed
96 MB/s Much faster peak random mixed IO.
64.9 MB/s
Peak Sequential Sustained Write 60s Average
499 MB/s +4% 481 MB/s
Market Share
Based on 75,161,866 SSDs tested
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.14 % 0.14 %
Value For Money
29.5 % 46.8 % Much better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
57 % +2% 56 %
Price (score)
$104 $45 Much cheaper.
69+ Months More recent.
87+ Months
DQ Read
Peak 4K-64Thread Read Speed
1007 MB/s 1230 MB/s Faster peak deep queue read.
DQ Write
Peak 4K-64Thread Write Speed
1463 MB/s Faster peak deep queue write.
1260 MB/s
AS-SSD Total
AS-SSD Total Score
3,902 Pts +1% 3,857 Pts
DQ Mixed
Peak 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
1131 MB/s Faster peak deep queue mixed IO.
929 MB/s
ADQ Read
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed
926 MB/s 1025 MB/s Faster deep queue read.
ADQ Write
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed
939 MB/s +2% 921 MB/s
ADQ Mixed
Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed
916 MB/s Much faster deep queue mixed IO.
687 MB/s
250GB 250GB

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]


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) March 2024 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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Intel Core i5-13600K $269Nvidia RTX 4060 $295Crucial MX500 250GB $31
Intel Core i5-12400F $146Nvidia RTX 4060-Ti $373Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $80
Intel Core i5-12600K $179Nvidia RTX 4070 $530Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
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WD Blue 1TB (2012) $35Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $45SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
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