Average Bench: 201% (66th of 1021)

Based on 157,440 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 101.0% 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 688MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 946MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 86.2%. 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 361MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 563MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 157,440 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,089 Read 1,788 2,147
866 Write 1,272 1,494
429 Mixed 563 706
231 SusWrite 361 478
220% 996 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34.2 4K Read 45.8 54.7
90.8 4K Write 140 190
42.1 4K Mixed 53.4 66.1
212% 79.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
553 DQ Read 1,000 1,240
397 DQ Write 946 1,257
343 DQ Mixed 688 915
595% 878 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
111GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 513 259 258 256 254 247 MB/s
Read 1,911
Write 1225
Mixed 529
SusWrite 298
218% 991 MB/s
4K Read 49.3
4K Write 150
4K Mixed 57.6
228% 85.6 MB/s
DQ Read 1,104
DQ Write 998
DQ Mixed 750
645% 950 MB/s
131GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 516 271 268 274 270 270 MB/s
Read 1,945
Write 1,291
Mixed 490
SusWrite 311
222% 1,009 MB/s
4K Read 39.7
4K Write 132
4K Mixed 50.2
194% 74 MB/s
DQ Read 1,052
DQ Write 1,146
DQ Mixed 692
634% 964 MB/s
117GB free
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 828 460 230 215 245 217 MB/s
Read 936
Write 786
Mixed 550
SusWrite 366
147% 660 MB/s
4K Read 57.7
4K Write 129
4K Mixed 43.9
212% 77 MB/s
DQ Read 1,095
DQ Write 1,225
DQ Mixed 769
687% 1,030 MB/s
196GB free
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 612 617 447 306 307 306 MB/s
Read 756
Write 623
Mixed 422
SusWrite 432
125% 558 MB/s
4K Read 47.4
4K Write 166
4K Mixed 63.7
241% 92.3 MB/s
DQ Read 787
DQ Write 644
DQ Mixed 650
505% 694 MB/s
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Typical 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 32,713 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 114%
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Desktop
Desktop 115%
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Workstation
Workstation 100%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $240

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 56% - Above average Total price: $1,520

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 Comments

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Average

20 months ago.

Sequential Read = 2738 Sequential Write =1539


Good

7 months ago.

HUGE difference over my old HDD


Poor

20 months ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

16 months ago.

ssd는 샘숭이지


Good

5 months 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

2 years ago.

Probably best $/perf


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