Average Bench: 199% (76th of 1034)

Based on 170,320 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 99.2% 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 705MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 948MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 88.7%. 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 358MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 563MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 170,320 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,147 Read 1,772 2,149
922 Write 1,280 1,483
428 Mixed 563 703
234 SusWrite 358 478
219% 993 MB/s
Min Avg Max
33 4K Read 43.8 54
77.8 4K Write 138 188
38.9 4K Mixed 52.7 63.7
207% 78.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
623 DQ Read 1,015 1,248
389 DQ Write 948 1,264
374 DQ Mixed 705 961
605% 890 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
178GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1239 317 309 311 309 307 MB/s
Read 1,945
Write 1,436
Mixed 884
SusWrite 466
262% 1,183 MB/s
4K Read 54.5
4K Write 151
4K Mixed 70.6
253% 92 MB/s
DQ Read 1,204
DQ Write 1,068
DQ Mixed 934
756% 1,068 MB/s
172GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 559 328 329 328 327 325 MB/s
Read 2,004
Write 1,463
Mixed 685
SusWrite 366
250% 1,129 MB/s
4K Read 51.3
4K Write 140
4K Mixed 62
231% 84.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,177
DQ Write 994
DQ Mixed 788
672% 987 MB/s
174GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 426 311 304 308 307 305 MB/s
Read 1,686
Write 1,042
Mixed 724
SusWrite 327
209% 945 MB/s
4K Read 33.9
4K Write 128
4K Mixed 59.3
195% 73.6 MB/s
DQ Read 1,216
DQ Write 1,114
DQ Mixed 920
758% 1,084 MB/s
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Typical 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 4,546 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 121%
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Desktop
Desktop 97%
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Workstation
Workstation 111%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-F GAMING - $599

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 52% - Above average Total price: $1,887

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 Comments

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Average

2 years ago.

Sequential Read = 2738 Sequential Write =1539


Good

11 months ago.

HUGE difference over my old HDD


Poor

24 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

20 months ago.

ssd는 샘숭이지


Good

9 months ago.

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


Excellent

3 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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