Average Bench: 204% (61st of 1011)

Based on 133,617 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 103.6% 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 693MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 982MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 87.4%. 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 573MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 133,617 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,095 Read 1,791 2,129
865 Write 1,306 1,506
435 Mixed 573 730
252 SusWrite 372 478
223% 1,010 MB/s
Min Avg Max
31.5 4K Read 44.2 54.7
96.7 4K Write 147 193
42.4 4K Mixed 54.1 64.8
214% 81.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
664 DQ Read 1,014 1,230
507 DQ Write 982 1,274
401 DQ Mixed 693 894
604% 896 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
157GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 583 326 326 326 326 326 MB/s
Read 2,072
Write 1,485
Mixed 585
SusWrite 369
249% 1,128 MB/s
4K Read 42.7
4K Write 141
4K Mixed 51
204% 78.1 MB/s
DQ Read 1,096
DQ Write 1,150
DQ Mixed 672
630% 973 MB/s
110GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 581 304 297 288 283 276 MB/s
Read 1,904
Write 1,455
Mixed 575
SusWrite 338
236% 1068 MB/s
4K Read 41.7
4K Write 143
4K Mixed 54.8
209% 79.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,077
DQ Write 1,118
DQ Mixed 684
628% 960 MB/s
111GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 641 326 328 327 327 326 MB/s
Read 1728
Write 1,392
Mixed 540
SusWrite 379
224% 1,010 MB/s
4K Read 43.2
4K Write 143
4K Mixed 53
209% 79.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,058
DQ Write 927
DQ Mixed 790
648% 925 MB/s
154GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 564 316 313 315 315 311 MB/s
Read 1,117
Write 956
Mixed 525
SusWrite 356
164% 738 MB/s
4K Read 49.5
4K Write 124
4K Mixed 51.9
207% 75.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,123
DQ Write 1,055
DQ Mixed 686
626% 955 MB/s
162GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 525 338 334 330 313 312 MB/s
Read 542
Write 512
Mixed 350
SusWrite 359
99% 441 MB/s
4K Read 38
4K Write 133
4K Mixed 59
204% 76.7 MB/s
DQ Read 772
DQ Write 641
DQ Mixed 719
535% 711 MB/s
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Typical 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 25,269 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 111%
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Desktop
Desktop 114%
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Workstation
Workstation 92%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $300

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 53% - Above average Total price: $1,594

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 Comments

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Average

11 months ago.

Sequential Read = 2738 Sequential Write =1539


Terrible

12 months ago.

HUGE difference over my old HDD


Poor

11 months ago.

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


Good

21 months ago.


Excellent

18 months ago.

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


Excellent

7 months ago.

ssd는 샘숭이지


Excellent

2 years ago.

Superb NVMe M.2 SSD for any build.


Excellent

21 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

16 months ago.

Probably best $/perf


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