Average Bench: 233% (49th of 1021)

Based on 100,148 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 133.1% 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 910MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,168MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 104%. 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 377MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 143MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 100,148 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,098 Read 2,168 2,527
741 Write 1,405 2,212
746 Mixed 1,129 1,452
256 SusWrite 377 486
281% 1,270 MB/s
Min Avg Max
44.4 4K Read 58.3 66.5
78.6 4K Write 143 199
52.7 4K Mixed 76.5 91.8
262% 92.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
682 DQ Read 922 998
309 DQ Write 983 1,487
316 DQ Mixed 910 1,109
696% 938 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
160GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 563 437 438 438 437 431 MB/s
Read 2,648
Write 2,271
Mixed 1,614
SusWrite 457
389% 1,748 MB/s
4K Read 65.4
4K Write 194
4K Mixed 93
321% 118 MB/s
DQ Read 999
DQ Write 1,227
DQ Mixed 1,149
857% 1,125 MB/s
131GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 459 312 301 269 246 245 MB/s
Read 2,444
Write 1,462
Mixed 1,256
SusWrite 305
302% 1,367 MB/s
4K Read 58.6
4K Write 138
4K Mixed 77.6
261% 91.3 MB/s
DQ Read 981
DQ Write 1,236
DQ Mixed 1,012
791% 1,076 MB/s
101GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 621 298 291 290 278 273 MB/s
Read 2417
Write 1,472
Mixed 1,305
SusWrite 342
306% 1,384 MB/s
4K Read 60.4
4K Write 122
4K Mixed 75.9
253% 86 MB/s
DQ Read 972
DQ Write 560
DQ Mixed 814
593% 782 MB/s
188GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXM7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 855 503 390 397 393 385 MB/s
Read 1,160
Write 888
Mixed 832
SusWrite 487
188% 842 MB/s
4K Read 55.2
4K Write 55.4
4K Mixed 54.5
183% 55 MB/s
DQ Read 1,009
DQ Write 131
DQ Mixed 223
252% 454 MB/s
188GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXM7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 753 538 391 373 401 403 MB/s
Read 984
Write 796
Mixed 717
SusWrite 476
166% 744 MB/s
4K Read 41.6
4K Write 55.6
4K Mixed 58.8
168% 52 MB/s
DQ Read 1,003
DQ Write 100
DQ Mixed 178
225% 427 MB/s
100,148 MORE »

 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 26,445,873 SSDs tested.


AmazonUS $8313 days
BHPhotoUS $1091 month
EbayUS $23725 mins
Send price feedback
Typical 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 33,816 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 79%
Desktop 106%
Workstation 94%
Nuclear submarine

Motherboard: Asus PRIME X470-PRO - $132

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Good Total price: $990

Popular 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB compatible motherboards:

How Fast Is Your SSD? (Bench your build) Size up your PC in less than a minute.

Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

UserBenchmark of the month

How it works

  • - Download and run UserBenchMark.
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write, sustained write and mixed IO.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC.
  • - See speed test results from other users.
  • - Compare your components to the current market leaders.
  • - Explore your best upgrade options with a virtual PC build.
  • - Compare your in-game FPS to other users with your hardware.
  • - Share your opinion by voting.
Solid State Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) May 2020 SSD Rankings.

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]


Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.


Added n/a ago.


5 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.


22 months ago.

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


16 months ago.

NVMe라서 속도 빠르더라.


17 months ago.

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


23 months ago.

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


20 months ago.

Excellent entry level M.2 drive

1021 Drives (Compared) Thousands of user benchmarks compiled into one comparison list.

See how consistently different SSDs perform with varying real world conditions. The charts also illustrate overall performance, popularity and rank.

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Best User Rated

The Best.
Intel Core i5-9400F $165Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $230Crucial MX500 250GB $49
Intel Core i5-9600K $199Nvidia GTX 1650S (Super) $160Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $78
Intel Core i7-9700K $365Nvidia RTX 2070S (Super) $500Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $55
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $43Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $80SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $40Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $75SanDisk Extreme 32GB $46
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $681SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
Today's hottest deals
About  •  User Guide  •  FAQs  •  Email  •  Privacy  •  Developer Feedback