Average Bench: 202% (54th of 1003)

Based on 134,966 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 101.9% 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 680MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 926MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 88.2%. 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 367MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 583MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 134,966 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,134 Read 1,830 2,153
943 Write 1,326 1,504
453 Mixed 583 745
255 SusWrite 367 475
227% 1,027 MB/s
Min Avg Max
33.8 4K Read 44.3 54.1
87.7 4K Write 143 199
40.2 4K Mixed 53.7 66.3
212% 80.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
487 DQ Read 978 1,235
435 DQ Write 926 1,272
337 DQ Mixed 680 890
585% 861 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
131GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 571 323 325 325 326 325 MB/s
Read 2,143
Write 1,428
Mixed 652
SusWrite 366
253% 1,147 MB/s
4K Read 50.7
4K Write 198
4K Mixed 67.4
268% 105 MB/s
DQ Read 1,224
DQ Write 1,236
DQ Mixed 720
681% 1,060 MB/s
100GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 562 272 255 253 251 247 MB/s
Read 2,124
Write 1,480
Mixed 640
SusWrite 307
251% 1,138 MB/s
4K Read 47.7
4K Write 203
4K Mixed 62.6
260% 104 MB/s
DQ Read 1147
DQ Write 1258
DQ Mixed 704
668% 1,036 MB/s
130GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 639 299 292 287 281 275 MB/s
Read 2,116
Write 1,492
Mixed 612
SusWrite 345
252% 1,141 MB/s
4K Read 47.8
4K Write 175
4K Mixed 59.6
241% 94 MB/s
DQ Read 1,184
DQ Write 1,200
DQ Mixed 724
673% 1,036 MB/s
208GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1288 307 307 307 308 309 MB/s
Read 1303
Write 1276
Mixed 506
SusWrite 471
198% 889 MB/s
4K Read 42.9
4K Write 137
4K Mixed 55.2
208% 78.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,102
DQ Write 1,271
DQ Mixed 719
671% 1,030 MB/s
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Typical 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 24,125 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 127%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 123%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 112%
UFO

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $119

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 103% - Outstanding Total price: $1,475

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 Comments

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Average

9 months ago.

Sequential Read = 2738 Sequential Write =1539


Terrible

11 months ago.

HUGE difference over my old HDD


Poor

9 months ago.

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


Good

19 months ago.


Excellent

16 months ago.

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


Excellent

6 months ago.

ssd는 샘숭이지


Excellent

24 months ago.

Superb NVMe M.2 SSD for any build.


Excellent

20 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

15 months ago.

Probably best $/perf


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