Average Bench: 203% (64th of 1011)

Based on 148,068 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 102.5% 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 697MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 973MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 100%. 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 377MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 580MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 148,068 samples)
Min Avg Max
917 Read 1,771 2,137
741 Write 1,287 1,508
431 Mixed 580 775
256 SusWrite 377 481
222% 1,004 MB/s
Min Avg Max
33 4K Read 45.6 55.2
88.4 4K Write 146 201
40.3 4K Mixed 53.6 63.7
215% 81.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
478 DQ Read 989 1,205
380 DQ Write 973 1,283
342 DQ Mixed 697 925
602% 886 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
205GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 651 327 328 326 323 327 MB/s
Read 2,081
Write 1,498
Mixed 569
SusWrite 380
250% 1,132 MB/s
4K Read 45.9
4K Write 188
4K Mixed 60
246% 97.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,175
DQ Write 1,278
DQ Mixed 720
682% 1,057 MB/s
102GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 580 330 330 330 329 329 MB/s
Read 1,981
Write 1,520
Mixed 754
SusWrite 371
256% 1,156 MB/s
4K Read 51.1
4K Write 180
4K Mixed 53.7
242% 95 MB/s
DQ Read 1,049
DQ Write 1,254
DQ Mixed 732
668% 1,012 MB/s
116GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 535 326 276 265 263 262 MB/s
Read 1,938
Write 1,450
Mixed 765
SusWrite 321
248% 1,119 MB/s
4K Read 52.4
4K Write 163
4K Mixed 66
250% 93.7 MB/s
DQ Read 959
DQ Write 862
DQ Mixed 745
604% 855 MB/s
111GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 540 274 268 262 258 256 MB/s
Read 2,044
Write 1,350
Mixed 534
SusWrite 310
233% 1,059 MB/s
4K Read 41.9
4K Write 133
4K Mixed 58.4
209% 77.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,106
DQ Write 1,099
DQ Mixed 861
713% 1,022 MB/s
176GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 567 327 326 309 267 267 MB/s
Read 1528
Write 1,400
Mixed 519
SusWrite 344
210% 948 MB/s
4K Read 45.7
4K Write 170
4K Mixed 56.3
232% 90.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,051
DQ Write 1,224
DQ Mixed 729
663% 1,001 MB/s
120GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 504 240 249 251 264 269 MB/s
Read 1,880
Write 1,329
Mixed 603
SusWrite 296
227% 1,027 MB/s
4K Read 39.2
4K Write 154
4K Mixed 50.5
206% 81.2 MB/s
DQ Read 984
DQ Write 855
DQ Mixed 684
577% 841 MB/s
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Typical 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 26,762 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 111%
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Desktop 114%
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Workstation 92%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $350

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 57% - Above average Total price: $1,585

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 Comments

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Average

13 months ago.

Sequential Read = 2738 Sequential Write =1539


Good

17 days ago.

HUGE difference over my old HDD


Poor

13 months ago.

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


Good

23 months ago.


Excellent

20 months ago.

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


Excellent

9 months ago.

ssd는 샘숭이지


Excellent

2 years ago.

Superb NVMe M.2 SSD for any build.


Excellent

23 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

18 months ago.

Probably best $/perf


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