Average Bench: 235% (66th of 1058)

Based on 127,262 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 135.4% 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 904MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,236MB/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.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 379MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 142MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 127,262 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,076 Read 2,236 2,563
783 Write 1,436 2,237
671 Mixed 1,140 1,530
246 SusWrite 379 487
287% 1,298 MB/s
Min Avg Max
41 4K Read 61.4 68.4
68.3 4K Write 142 203
49.8 4K Mixed 76 94.2
265% 93 MB/s
Min Avg Max
585 DQ Read 920 1,004
321 DQ Write 942 1,441
321 DQ Mixed 904 1,152
687% 922 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
123GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 823 334 334 334 336 336 MB/s
Read 2,522
Write 1,472
Mixed 1062
SusWrite 416
302% 1,368 MB/s
4K Read 67.9
4K Write 222
4K Mixed 94.8
342% 128 MB/s
DQ Read 953
DQ Write 1,146
DQ Mixed 985
760% 1,028 MB/s
206GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1238 399 403 405 404 404 MB/s
Read 2,502
Write 2,238
Mixed 1,508
SusWrite 542
378% 1,697 MB/s
4K Read 64.5
4K Write 157
4K Mixed 79.7
283% 100 MB/s
DQ Read 910
DQ Write 823
DQ Mixed 854
644% 862 MB/s
108GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 566 336 337 334 335 316 MB/s
Read 1,942
Write 1,471
Mixed 970
SusWrite 371
264% 1,188 MB/s
4K Read 54.5
4K Write 182
4K Mixed 88.6
293% 108 MB/s
DQ Read 975
DQ Write 942
DQ Mixed 1,009
744% 975 MB/s
89GB free
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 578 235 183 228 226 225 MB/s
Read 2,075
Write 1,470
Mixed 1,210
SusWrite 279
279% 1,258 MB/s
4K Read 47.5
4K Write 97.5
4K Mixed 48.6
186% 64.5 MB/s
DQ Read 543
DQ Write 728
DQ Mixed 774
546% 681 MB/s
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Typical 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 78,629 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 102%
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Desktop
Desktop 91%
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Workstation
Workstation 97%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $1,076

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 Comments

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Excellent

10 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!


Good

2 years ago.


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

NVMe라서 속도 빠르더라.


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 months 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!


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

Excellent entry level M.2 drive


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