Average Bench: 201% (76th of 1040)

Based on 204,473 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]

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB averaged 101.5% 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.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 686MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 942MB/s

Very poor consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 78.3%. 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.


Avg. Sustained Write Speed 368MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 573MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 204,473 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,204 Read 1,797 2,123
916 Write 1,299 1,490
433 Mixed 573 743
240 SusWrite 368 478
223% 1,009 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34.2 4K Read 44.3 54.2
77.7 4K Write 138 185
40.5 4K Mixed 53.1 65.2
208% 78.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
693 DQ Read 1,035 1,250
245 DQ Write 942 1,262
297 DQ Mixed 686 908
598% 888 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
200GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1293 307 306 308 307 305 MB/s
Read 2045
Write 1,406
Mixed 574
SusWrite 471
248% 1,124 MB/s
4K Read 44.9
4K Write 117
4K Mixed 51.1
196% 71.1 MB/s
DQ Read 1,030
DQ Write 993
DQ Mixed 741
631% 921 MB/s
154GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 559 302 305 305 291 244 MB/s
Read 2,032
Write 1,459
Mixed 603
SusWrite 334
244% 1,107 MB/s
4K Read 48.1
4K Write 135
4K Mixed 52.9
212% 78.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,040
DQ Write 830
DQ Mixed 666
572% 845 MB/s
124GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 540 283 274 303 302 301 MB/s
Read 1,301
Write 1,066
Mixed 442
SusWrite 334
174% 786 MB/s
4K Read 30.4
4K Write 90.5
4K Mixed 34.4
138% 51.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,089
DQ Write 930
DQ Mixed 664
592% 894 MB/s
70GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 417 141 145 144 143 142 MB/s
Read 1,453
Write 980
Mixed 453
SusWrite 189
169% 769 MB/s
4K Read 35
4K Write 95.5
4K Mixed 41
156% 57.2 MB/s
DQ Read 806
DQ Write 451
DQ Mixed 536
424% 598 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 38,034,332 SSDs tested.


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Typical 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 7,207 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 127%
Desktop 97%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation 116%

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-F GAMING - $599

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 53% - Above average Total price: $1,922

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12 days ago.

Sequential Read = 2738 Sequential Write =1539


15 months ago.

HUGE difference over my old HDD


2 years ago.

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


3 years ago.


2 years ago.

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


2 years ago.

ssd는 샘숭이지


3 months ago.

I dont know why this program wont recognize it. Sometimes it does sometimes it doesnt but its really messing with my benchmarks


13 months ago.

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


3 years ago.

Superb NVMe M.2 SSD for any build.


3 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!


2 years ago.

Probably best $/perf

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