Average Bench: 196% (90th of 1058)

Based on 212,365 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]

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB averaged 96.0% 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 665MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 869MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 98.8%. 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 359MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 556MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 212,365 samples)
Min Avg Max
923 Read 1,749 2,144
683 Write 1,245 1,489
400 Mixed 556 712
218 SusWrite 359 481
216% 978 MB/s
Min Avg Max
32.9 4K Read 45.1 55
61.9 4K Write 133 189
36.8 4K Mixed 52.3 63
206% 76.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
620 DQ Read 1,006 1,210
168 DQ Write 869 1,238
239 DQ Mixed 665 888
573% 847 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
191GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1108 468 311 308 311 310 MB/s
Read 1,481
Write 1,292
Mixed 598
SusWrite 469
214% 960 MB/s
4K Read 54.7
4K Write 156
4K Mixed 57.8
239% 89.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,064
DQ Write 977
DQ Mixed 643
586% 895 MB/s
126GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 582 317 329 326 311 301 MB/s
Read 1,913
Write 1,327
Mixed 542
SusWrite 361
228% 1,036 MB/s
4K Read 40.1
4K Write 110
4K Mixed 51.8
185% 67.3 MB/s
DQ Read 910
DQ Write 762
DQ Mixed 720
571% 797 MB/s
107GB free
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1336 299 299 299 300 299 MB/s
Read 1,616
Write 1,406
Mixed 548
SusWrite 472
224% 1,011 MB/s
4K Read 32.6
4K Write 103
4K Mixed 44
160% 59.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,144
DQ Write 1,039
DQ Mixed 767
664% 984 MB/s
82GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 585 327 325 326 222 202 MB/s
Read 1,536
Write 1,371
Mixed 551
SusWrite 331
210% 947 MB/s
4K Read 45.4
4K Write 135
4K Mixed 52.7
208% 77.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,059
DQ Write 965
DQ Mixed 719
620% 914 MB/s
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Typical 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 9,157 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 124%
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Desktop
Desktop 96%
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Workstation
Workstation 113%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-F GAMING - $200

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 46% - Average Total price: $1,688

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 Comments

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Poor

5 months ago.

Sequential Read = 2738 Sequential Write =1539


Good

20 months ago.

HUGE difference over my old HDD


Poor

2 years ago.

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


Good

3 years ago.


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

ssd는 샘숭이지


Excellent

8 months ago.

I dont know why this program wont recognize it. Sometimes it does sometimes it doesnt but its really messing with my benchmarks


Good

18 months ago.

On a i5-7500 in a HP DESKPRO very fast for that PC


Excellent

3 years ago.

Superb NVMe M.2 SSD for any build.


Excellent

3 years 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

3 years ago.

Probably best $/perf


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