Average Bench: 200% (53rd of 1000)

Based on 137,051 user benchmarks.  Models: Samsung SSD 960 EVO 250GB, NVMe Samsung SSD 960

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]

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Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB averaged 100.2% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 686MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 936MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 94.3%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 372MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 568MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 137,051 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,100 Read 1,772 2,146
850 Write 1,297 1,501
435 Mixed 568 708
251 SusWrite 372 478
222% 1,002 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34.5 4K Read 44.5 55.1
87.7 4K Write 142 201
38.3 4K Mixed 53.2 65.9
211% 79.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
575 DQ Read 1,000 1,225
392 DQ Write 936 1,264
320 DQ Mixed 686 941
592% 874 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
84GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1286 304 305 307 306 306 MB/s
Read 1,950
Write 1,431
Mixed 626
SusWrite 469
247% 1,119 MB/s
4K Read 47.9
4K Write 146
4K Mixed 56.9
223% 83.6 MB/s
DQ Read 1,140
DQ Write 1,235
DQ Mixed 832
724% 1,069 MB/s
145GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 560 326 328 316 315 298 MB/s
Read 2,121
Write 1,458
Mixed 635
SusWrite 357
252% 1,143 MB/s
4K Read 44.5
4K Write 164
4K Mixed 68
241% 92.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,043
DQ Write 893
DQ Mixed 769
631% 902 MB/s
144GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 615 298 296 296 295 293 MB/s
Read 1,939
Write 1,260
Mixed 647
SusWrite 349
231% 1,049 MB/s
4K Read 57.2
4K Write 151
4K Mixed 56.9
239% 88.3 MB/s
DQ Read 905
DQ Write 811
DQ Mixed 615
528% 777 MB/s
176GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 584 302 313 316 310 316 MB/s
Read 1,846
Write 1,398
Mixed 544
SusWrite 357
229% 1,036 MB/s
4K Read 34.8
4K Write 89.2
4K Mixed 50.2
164% 58.1 MB/s
DQ Read 742
DQ Write 656
DQ Mixed 581
468% 659 MB/s
155GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 552 298 268 303 302 266 MB/s
Read 1,991
Write 1,234
Mixed 542
SusWrite 331
225% 1,025 MB/s
4K Read 39
4K Write 113
4K Mixed 46.4
179% 66.3 MB/s
DQ Read 37.3
DQ Write 96
DQ Mixed 41.6
39% 58.3 MB/s
132GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 233 197 99 98 98 97 MB/s
Read 2,227
Write 243
Mixed 404
SusWrite 137
161% 753 MB/s
4K Read 62
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 4.6
101% 23 MB/s
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Typical 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 22,671 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 128%
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Desktop
Desktop 123%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 112%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $170

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 102% - Outstanding Total price: $1,554

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 Comments

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Average

8 months ago.

Sequential Read = 2738 Sequential Write =1539


Terrible

9 months ago.

HUGE difference over my old HDD


Poor

7 months ago.

you used MP300 drive and called it MP500. this comparison is not accurate


Good

18 months ago.


Excellent

14 months ago.

the best of the best AAAAAAAAAA++++++++++


Excellent

4 months ago.

ssd는 샘숭이지


Excellent

22 months ago.

Superb NVMe M.2 SSD for any build.


Excellent

18 months ago.

An unbelievable best value performer in the NVMe category. This was an upgrade from my Samsung EVO 840 120GB which I paid $120 for years ago. For the same price, this drive delivers orders of magnitude more performance. SSDs don't have to break the bank!


Excellent

13 months ago.

Probably best $/perf


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