Average Bench: 198% (42nd of 964)

Based on 96,740 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 97.6% 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 664MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 906MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 93.2%. 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 371MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 568MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 96,740 samples)
Min Avg Max
748 Read 1,740 2,138
621 Write 1,288 1,511
426 Mixed 568 725
272 SusWrite 371 477
219% 992 MB/s
Min Avg Max
32.2 4K Read 44 55
89.5 4K Write 142 197
40.7 4K Mixed 53.1 64.7
210% 79.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
410 DQ Read 957 1,201
349 DQ Write 906 1,261
322 DQ Mixed 664 887
572% 842 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
175GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 563 327 328 326 324 325 MB/s
Read 1,975
Write 1,520
Mixed 715
SusWrite 365
253% 1144 MB/s
4K Read 48.4
4K Write 144
4K Mixed 52.6
217% 81.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,066
DQ Write 1,155
DQ Mixed 693
637% 971 MB/s
115GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 619 289 284 281 275 273 MB/s
Read 1,801
Write 1240
Mixed 516
SusWrite 337
215% 973 MB/s
4K Read 42.2
4K Write 139
4K Mixed 58.5
213% 80 MB/s
DQ Read 1,090
DQ Write 942
DQ Mixed 737
628% 923 MB/s
191GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1155 331 328 329 328 326 MB/s
Read 1,312
Write 1,042
Mixed 522
SusWrite 466
186% 836 MB/s
4K Read 39
4K Write 190
4K Mixed 49.9
224% 92.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,103
DQ Write 1,288
DQ Mixed 734
681% 1,041 MB/s
85GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 936 329 324 326 330 327 MB/s
Read 1,251
Write 1043
Mixed 501
SusWrite 429
179% 806 MB/s
4K Read 40.5
4K Write 108
4K Mixed 47.2
179% 65.3 MB/s
DQ Read 979
DQ Write 830
DQ Mixed 626
545% 811 MB/s
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Typical 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 13,531 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 108%
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Desktop
Desktop 98%
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Workstation
Workstation 103%
UFO

Motherboard: Asus PRIME X370-PRO - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 113% - Outstanding Total price: $1,030

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 Comments

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Average

2 months ago.

Sequential Read = 2738 Sequential Write =1539


Terrible

3 months ago.

HUGE difference over my old HDD


Poor

1 month ago.

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


Good

11 months ago.


Excellent

8 months ago.

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


Excellent

16 months ago.

Superb NVMe M.2 SSD for any build.


Excellent

12 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

7 months ago.

Probably best $/perf


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