Average Bench: 234% (35th of 1000)

Based on 60,622 user benchmarks.  Models: Samsung SSD 970 EVO 250GB, NVMe Samsung SSD 970

The 970 Evo is Samsung’s third generation NVMe PCIe SSD for high-end consumers and professionals alike. It employs the latest Samsung Phoenix controller and their latest version of TLC 3D NAND (now 64-layers) which is cheaper but with slightly lower endurance and weaker write consistency than the MLC NAND found in the 970 Pro. The 970 Evo comes in a M.2 form factor and four sizes: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB. The $120 250GB 970 Evo has an advertised sequential read speed of up to 3400 MB/s (200MB/s faster than the 250GB 960 Evo) and a sequential write speed of 1500 MB/s which drops to 300 MB/s once the 13Gb of SLC cache has been exhausted (this is similar to the sustained write performance on the 960 Evo). Further benchmarks are required before we can attest to its overall performance in the real world. The anticipated modest performance improvement between generations is expected to maintain Samsung’s front running as the premium SSD brand. Samsung now offers a warranty of 5 years across the suite of 970 SSDs and specifically a generous write endurance of 150 TBW on the 250 GB 970 Evo, thereby challenging the need for the 970 Pro MLC variant. [May '18 SSDrivePro]

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Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB averaged 134.3% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 897MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 990MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 112%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 388MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 147MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 60,622 samples)
Min Avg Max
856 Read 2,161 2,522
783 Write 1,401 1,476
681 Mixed 1,113 1,345
292 SusWrite 388 483
280% 1,266 MB/s
Min Avg Max
44.3 4K Read 58.1 68.2
92 4K Write 147 202
57.4 4K Mixed 77.3 93.3
265% 94.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
497 DQ Read 904 983
396 DQ Write 990 1,496
397 DQ Mixed 897 1,016
689% 930 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
112GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 856 331 330 331 327 330 MB/s
Read 2,425
Write 1,476
Mixed 1197
SusWrite 417
305% 1,379 MB/s
4K Read 61.4
4K Write 141
4K Mixed 79.4
269% 93.8 MB/s
DQ Read 979
DQ Write 1,243
DQ Mixed 1,011
790% 1,078 MB/s
177GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1239 309 310 310 310 311 MB/s
Read 1,904
Write 1,458
Mixed 1,133
SusWrite 465
276% 1,240 MB/s
4K Read 49.7
4K Write 107
4K Mixed 66.9
218% 74.7 MB/s
DQ Read 764
DQ Write 531
DQ Mixed 705
511% 667 MB/s
161GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 600 314 308 315 320 314 MB/s
Read 1,798
Write 1,470
Mixed 1,187
SusWrite 362
268% 1,204 MB/s
4K Read 30.1
4K Write 63.8
4K Mixed 38.1
128% 44 MB/s
DQ Read 970
DQ Write 1,427
DQ Mixed 994
809% 1,130 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 14,374,785 SSDs tested.

 Prices

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Typical 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 13,474 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 101%
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Desktop
Desktop 122%
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Workstation
Workstation 117%
UFO

Motherboard: Asus PRIME X470-PRO - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 128% - Outstanding Total price: $883

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 Comments

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Excellent

2 months ago.

Best In World !


Good

1 day ago.

It is really fast


Good

27 days ago.

Ludicrously fast for the budget but low storage capacity limit the potential though. This SSD has lightning fast Read/Write speed and you can boot to this drive for just few seconds!


Good

12 months ago.


Excellent

9 months ago.

Great, cheaper than the 960 Pro, twice the endurance and even higher read/write speeds.


Excellent

4 months ago.

NVMe라서 속도 빠르더라.


Excellent

5 months ago.

Exceptionally quick. Enjoying it for fast import and export feeds when editing photos. Cannot complain.


Excellent

11 months ago.

loads stuff up like lightning!!!! should buy great value


Excellent

8 months ago.

Excellent entry level M.2 drive


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