Average Bench: 232% (60th of 1040)

Based on 111,855 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]

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB averaged 131.6% 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.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 880MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,198MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 118%. 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.


Avg. Sustained Write Speed 380MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 138MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 111,855 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,273 Read 2,198 2,531
575 Write 1,424 2,191
762 Mixed 1,150 1,529
248 SusWrite 380 503
285% 1,288 MB/s
Min Avg Max
41.9 4K Read 60.1 67.4
72.4 4K Write 138 197
48.3 4K Mixed 75.2 91.5
260% 91 MB/s
Min Avg Max
457 DQ Read 902 1,001
313 DQ Write 916 1,395
350 DQ Mixed 880 1,034
670% 900 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
171GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 529 331 331 327 330 324 MB/s
Read 2506
Write 1,470
Mixed 963
SusWrite 362
292% 1,325 MB/s
4K Read 63.9
4K Write 177
4K Mixed 82.5
296% 108 MB/s
DQ Read 973
DQ Write 970
DQ Mixed 1,000
743% 981 MB/s
168GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 892 335 335 335 334 333 MB/s
Read 2,200
Write 1,468
Mixed 1,157
SusWrite 427
291% 1,313 MB/s
4K Read 61.8
4K Write 168
4K Mixed 87.8
295% 106 MB/s
DQ Read 983
DQ Write 1,282
DQ Mixed 1,014
799% 1,093 MB/s
162GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 569 439 437 435 430 423 MB/s
Read 2,230
Write 2,147
Mixed 1,352
SusWrite 455
345% 1,546 MB/s
4K Read 67.7
4K Write 180
4K Mixed 90.8
314% 113 MB/s
DQ Read 1,005
DQ Write 763
DQ Mixed 888
663% 886 MB/s
123GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 462 305 308 305 307 294 MB/s
Read 2,433
Write 1,438
Mixed 1,030
SusWrite 330
288% 1,308 MB/s
4K Read 60.7
4K Write 153
4K Mixed 81.5
277% 98.3 MB/s
DQ Read 976
DQ Write 1,019
DQ Mixed 1,000
752% 999 MB/s
112GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 648 332 332 330 331 326 MB/s
Read 2,427
Write 1,465
Mixed 1,264
SusWrite 383
306% 1,385 MB/s
4K Read 58.8
4K Write 126
4K Mixed 75.3
252% 86.6 MB/s
DQ Read 971
DQ Write 658
DQ Mixed 883
641% 838 MB/s
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Gaming 102%
Desktop 91%
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Workstation 96%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $1,044

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Welcome to our 2.5" and M.2 SSD comparison. We calculate effective speed for both SATA and NVMe drives based on real world performance then adjust by current prices per GB to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top SSDs. [SSDrivePro]


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7 months 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!


2 years ago.


2 years ago.

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


2 years ago.

NVMe라서 속도 빠르더라.


2 years ago.

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


27 days ago.

You want reliability.. right? and you want it to be fast. You also want it to be M.2 format. I say look no further!


2 years ago.

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


2 years ago.

Excellent entry level M.2 drive

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