Average Bench: 203% (49th of 992)

Based on 121,698 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 102.8% 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 689MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 949MB/s

Very poor consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 78.6%. 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 380MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 578MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 121,698 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,125 Read 1,782 2,130
916 Write 1,319 1,508
464 Mixed 578 738
270 SusWrite 380 478
224% 1,015 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34.3 4K Read 46 55.1
99.1 4K Write 144 190
40.1 4K Mixed 53.9 64.7
215% 81.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
435 DQ Read 994 1,226
404 DQ Write 949 1,276
334 DQ Mixed 689 899
595% 878 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
144GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 631 304 304 304 302 302 MB/s
Read 2,083
Write 1,488
Mixed 759
SusWrite 358
259% 1,172 MB/s
4K Read 53.9
4K Write 180
4K Mixed 68.3
265% 101 MB/s
DQ Read 1,242
DQ Write 1,239
DQ Mixed 706
678% 1,062 MB/s
191GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1256 308 309 309 308 308 MB/s
Read 2,062
Write 1,336
Mixed 551
SusWrite 467
243% 1,104 MB/s
4K Read 45.4
4K Write 154
4K Mixed 62.7
231% 87.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,186
DQ Write 1,168
DQ Mixed 801
705% 1,052 MB/s
90GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 580 324 326 327 322 254 MB/s
Read 2,106
Write 1,478
Mixed 790
SusWrite 355
261% 1,182 MB/s
4K Read 53
4K Write 187
4K Mixed 62.1
259% 101 MB/s
DQ Read 1,127
DQ Write 1,099
DQ Mixed 577
581% 934 MB/s
168GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 533 272 273 317 319 319 MB/s
Read 2062
Write 1,402
Mixed 632
SusWrite 339
244% 1,109 MB/s
4K Read 52
4K Write 168
4K Mixed 55.1
238% 91.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,083
DQ Write 1,193
DQ Mixed 752
673% 1,009 MB/s
190GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 582 326 322 320 323 326 MB/s
Read 1,499
Write 1,326
Mixed 569
SusWrite 367
209% 940 MB/s
4K Read 51.3
4K Write 152
4K Mixed 56.1
230% 86.6 MB/s
DQ Read 1,160
DQ Write 1,230
DQ Mixed 826
723% 1,072 MB/s
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Typical 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 21,154 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 128%
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Desktop
Desktop 124%
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Workstation
Workstation 114%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $190

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 101% - Outstanding Total price: $1,608

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 Comments

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Average

6 months ago.

Sequential Read = 2738 Sequential Write =1539


Terrible

7 months ago.

HUGE difference over my old HDD


Poor

5 months ago.

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


Good

16 months ago.


Excellent

13 months ago.

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


Excellent

2 months ago.

ssd는 샘숭이지


Excellent

20 months ago.

Superb NVMe M.2 SSD for any build.


Excellent

16 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

11 months ago.

Probably best $/perf


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