Average Bench: 201% (67th of 1016)

Based on 154,178 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 100.8% 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 676MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 924MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 102%. 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 362MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 571MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 154,178 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,035 Read 1,796 2,151
809 Write 1,284 1,509
412 Mixed 571 747
239 SusWrite 362 478
222% 1,003 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34 4K Read 48.5 54.9
81.1 4K Write 140 196
37.6 4K Mixed 52.7 63.9
215% 80.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
539 DQ Read 975 1,211
294 DQ Write 924 1,276
283 DQ Mixed 676 924
582% 858 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
142GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 560 319 321 319 316 316 MB/s
Read 2,062
Write 1,447
Mixed 674
SusWrite 358
250% 1,135 MB/s
4K Read 50
4K Write 188
4K Mixed 71.6
267% 103 MB/s
DQ Read 1,292
DQ Write 1,256
DQ Mixed 878
768% 1,142 MB/s
136GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 561 289 283 277 272 267 MB/s
Read 2,156
Write 1,513
Mixed 628
SusWrite 325
255% 1,156 MB/s
4K Read 45.7
4K Write 190
4K Mixed 64.4
252% 99.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,086
DQ Write 1,051
DQ Mixed 871
708% 1,002 MB/s
88GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 632 311 309 301 298 293 MB/s
Read 2,044
Write 1,446
Mixed 666
SusWrite 357
249% 1,128 MB/s
4K Read 51.2
4K Write 140
4K Mixed 59
227% 83.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,200
DQ Write 1,146
DQ Mixed 877
740% 1,074 MB/s
150GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 600 293 292 290 290 290 MB/s
Read 1,788
Write 1,329
Mixed 499
SusWrite 342
218% 989 MB/s
4K Read 45.1
4K Write 136
4K Mixed 43.8
197% 75 MB/s
DQ Read 960
DQ Write 1,141
DQ Mixed 640
596% 914 MB/s
178GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1337 315 315 315 314 316 MB/s
Read 1,372
Write 1252
Mixed 498
SusWrite 485
201% 902 MB/s
4K Read 26.1
4K Write 158
4K Mixed 51
189% 78.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,293
DQ Write 1,192
DQ Mixed 923
780% 1,136 MB/s
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Typical 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 29,271 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 113%
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Desktop 113%
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Workstation
Workstation 92%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $232

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 52% - Above average Total price: $1,590

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 Comments

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Average

16 months ago.

Sequential Read = 2738 Sequential Write =1539


Good

3 months ago.

HUGE difference over my old HDD


Poor

16 months ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.


Excellent

23 months ago.

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


Excellent

12 months ago.

ssd는 샘숭이지


Good

1 month 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

21 months ago.

Probably best $/perf


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