Average Bench: 235% (53rd of 1037)

Based on 119,154 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 135.1% 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.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 924MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,217MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 102%. 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 371MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 142MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 119,154 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,184 Read 2,217 2,528
821 Write 1,420 2,220
815 Mixed 1,141 1,444
253 SusWrite 371 484
285% 1,287 MB/s
Min Avg Max
46.3 4K Read 60.1 67.2
85.1 4K Write 142 194
57.5 4K Mixed 76.8 91
265% 93.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
673 DQ Read 924 1,005
445 DQ Write 974 1,442
584 DQ Mixed 924 1,150
702% 941 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
233GB free
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1493 391 394 397 396 398 MB/s
Read 2,624
Write 2,218
Mixed 1,653
SusWrite 578
394% 1,768 MB/s
4K Read 65.1
4K Write 192
4K Mixed 93
319% 117 MB/s
DQ Read 1,007
DQ Write 1,288
DQ Mixed 1133
859% 1,142 MB/s
183GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 639 313 253 327 323 328 MB/s
Read 2,523
Write 1,469
Mixed 1027
SusWrite 364
296% 1,346 MB/s
4K Read 61.7
4K Write 172
4K Mixed 83.9
292% 106 MB/s
DQ Read 970
DQ Write 1,054
DQ Mixed 993
752% 1,006 MB/s
156GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 491 317 318 317 319 316 MB/s
Read 2,357
Write 1470
Mixed 1,129
SusWrite 346
293% 1,326 MB/s
4K Read 58.5
4K Write 136
4K Mixed 76.6
259% 90.4 MB/s
DQ Read 979
DQ Write 1,165
DQ Mixed 1,009
778% 1,051 MB/s
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Typical 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 42,518 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 98%
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Desktop
Desktop 91%
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Workstation
Workstation 93%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $996

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 Comments

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Excellent

3 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

20 months ago.

NVMe라서 속도 빠르더라.


Excellent

21 months ago.

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


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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