Average Bench: 232% (30th of 964)

Based on 26,245 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 131.7% 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 876MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,154MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 115%. 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 416MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 140MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 26,245 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,055 Read 2,154 2,511
990 Write 1,387 1,474
779 Mixed 1,095 1,302
323 SusWrite 416 482
280% 1,263 MB/s
Min Avg Max
41.8 4K Read 56.4 65.6
93 4K Write 140 193
55.8 4K Mixed 75.3 90
256% 90.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
430 DQ Read 893 981
346 DQ Write 930 1,488
290 DQ Mixed 876 1,012
668% 900 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
139GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 781 651 306 309 309 309 MB/s
Read 1,516
Write 1,313
Mixed 932
SusWrite 444
234% 1,051 MB/s
4K Read 61.5
4K Write 139
4K Mixed 79.9
269% 93.5 MB/s
DQ Read 976
DQ Write 801
DQ Mixed 889
665% 888 MB/s
176GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 540 325 323 320 317 320 MB/s
Read 2,160
Write 1,469
Mixed 1,216
SusWrite 357
288% 1,301 MB/s
4K Read 40.9
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 61.6
200% 71.5 MB/s
DQ Read 952
DQ Write 465
DQ Mixed 710
527% 709 MB/s
185GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1260 324 311 312 314 314 MB/s
Read 1,140
Write 1,085
Mixed 829
SusWrite 473
198% 882 MB/s
4K Read 56.6
4K Write 156
4K Mixed 75.7
265% 95.9 MB/s
DQ Read 967
DQ Write 1,046
DQ Mixed 991
750% 1,001 MB/s
150GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 950 336 321 326 323 324 MB/s
Read 1,373
Write 1,079
Mixed 986
SusWrite 430
216% 967 MB/s
4K Read 54.7
4K Write 108
4K Mixed 68.1
227% 77 MB/s
DQ Read 976
DQ Write 789
DQ Mixed 893
666% 886 MB/s
147GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 930 327 326 324 315 326 MB/s
Read 1,029
Write 1431
Mixed 861
SusWrite 425
211% 936 MB/s
4K Read 51
4K Write 96.1
4K Mixed 64.6
211% 70.6 MB/s
DQ Read 969
DQ Write 677
DQ Mixed 771
590% 806 MB/s
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Typical 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 15,932 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 130%
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Desktop
Desktop 131%
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Workstation
Workstation 119%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $210

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 152% - Outstanding Total price: $919

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 Comments

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Good

6 months ago.


Excellent

3 months ago.

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


Excellent

5 months ago.

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


Excellent

1 month ago.

Excellent entry level M.2 drive


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