Average Bench: 199% (86th of 1058)

Based on 241,446 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 99.1% 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 667MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 864MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 99%. 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 359MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 564MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 241,446 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,033 Read 1,809 2,144
599 Write 1,253 1,497
410 Mixed 564 751
205 SusWrite 359 484
220% 996 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34 4K Read 47.4 54.4
67 4K Write 134 184
35.8 4K Mixed 52.1 65.2
209% 77.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
627 DQ Read 1,025 1,242
247 DQ Write 864 1,220
313 DQ Mixed 667 866
576% 852 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
188GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1220 305 307 306 308 304 MB/s
Read 2,084
Write 1,297
Mixed 603
SusWrite 458
245% 1,111 MB/s
4K Read 53.5
4K Write 186
4K Mixed 67.3
266% 102 MB/s
DQ Read 1,137
DQ Write 1,134
DQ Mixed 916
748% 1,062 MB/s
178GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1354 307 304 305 308 307 MB/s
Read 2,009
Write 1476
Mixed 703
SusWrite 481
258% 1,167 MB/s
4K Read 53.6
4K Write 152
4K Mixed 65.1
245% 90.1 MB/s
DQ Read 1242
DQ Write 965
DQ Mixed 824
693% 1,011 MB/s
157GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 517 289 287 290 289 285 MB/s
Read 1,931
Write 1,403
Mixed 740
SusWrite 326
243% 1,100 MB/s
4K Read 54.2
4K Write 159
4K Mixed 52.5
234% 88.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,049
DQ Write 1,170
DQ Mixed 678
630% 966 MB/s
143GB free
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1345 300 301 300 301 302 MB/s
Read 1,948
Write 1,441
Mixed 744
SusWrite 475
255% 1,152 MB/s
4K Read 46.2
4K Write 119
4K Mixed 50.4
197% 71.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,082
DQ Write 443
DQ Mixed 653
513% 726 MB/s
55GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B7QCXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 391 165 162 129 145 155 MB/s
Read 689
Write 565
Mixed 320
SusWrite 191
98% 441 MB/s
4K Read 40.6
4K Write 88.4
4K Mixed 38.3
157% 55.8 MB/s
DQ Read 683
DQ Write 559
DQ Mixed 486
401% 576 MB/s
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Typical 960 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 10,299 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 126%
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Desktop
Desktop 96%
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Workstation
Workstation 115%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-F GAMING - $200

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 44% - Average Total price: $1,782

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 Comments

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Poor

8 months ago.

Sequential Read = 2738 Sequential Write =1539


Good

24 months ago.

HUGE difference over my old HDD


Poor

3 years ago.

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


Good

3 years ago.


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

ssd는 샘숭이지


Excellent

11 months ago.

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


Good

22 months ago.

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


Excellent

4 years ago.

Superb NVMe M.2 SSD for any build.


Excellent

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!


Excellent

3 years ago.

Probably best $/perf


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