Average Bench: 200% (65th of 1011)

Based on 144,261 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 99.6% 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 682MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 945MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 101%. 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 370MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 568MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 144,261 samples)
Min Avg Max
926 Read 1,761 2,151
684 Write 1,284 1,518
432 Mixed 568 724
257 SusWrite 370 480
220% 996 MB/s
Min Avg Max
32.5 4K Read 44.3 54.3
82.8 4K Write 140 192
37.7 4K Mixed 53.4 64.5
210% 79.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
526 DQ Read 991 1,245
308 DQ Write 945 1,282
317 DQ Mixed 682 910
591% 873 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
208GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1229 292 298 299 299 301 MB/s
Read 1,954
Write 1,482
Mixed 730
SusWrite 453
256% 1,155 MB/s
4K Read 46.1
4K Write 128
4K Mixed 55.2
208% 76.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1099
DQ Write 974
DQ Mixed 787
658% 953 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,850,671 SSDs tested.

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Typical 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 27,980 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 113%
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Desktop
Desktop 112%
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Workstation
Workstation 91%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $267

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 53% - Above average Total price: $1,590

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 Comments

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Average

14 months ago.

Sequential Read = 2738 Sequential Write =1539


Good

2 months ago.

HUGE difference over my old HDD


Poor

14 months ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.


Excellent

21 months ago.

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


Excellent

10 months ago.

ssd는 샘숭이지


Good

3 days ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

Superb NVMe M.2 SSD for any build.


Excellent

2 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

20 months ago.

Probably best $/perf


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