Average Bench: 232% (64th of 1058)

Based on 156,053 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 132.1% 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 873MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,203MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 131%. 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 381MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 142MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 156,053 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,069 Read 2,203 2,530
598 Write 1,396 2,124
639 Mixed 1,142 1,433
217 SusWrite 381 503
283% 1,281 MB/s
Min Avg Max
41.6 4K Read 59.6 70.5
59 4K Write 142 221
41.4 4K Mixed 75.7 97.7
263% 92.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
513 DQ Read 914 1,003
213 DQ Write 876 1,433
286 DQ Mixed 873 1,149
662% 888 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
163GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1336 305 303 304 306 306 MB/s
Read 2,439
Write 1,464
Mixed 1,301
SusWrite 477
314% 1,420 MB/s
4K Read 61.8
4K Write 180
4K Mixed 87
301% 110 MB/s
DQ Read 981
DQ Write 1275
DQ Mixed 1,010
795% 1,089 MB/s
120GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 499 277 239 259 263 260 MB/s
Read 2456
Write 1,464
Mixed 1,042
SusWrite 299
290% 1,315 MB/s
4K Read 68.4
4K Write 193
4K Mixed 91.8
323% 118 MB/s
DQ Read 974
DQ Write 1,077
DQ Mixed 1,004
762% 1,018 MB/s
102GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 630 326 320 328 304 270 MB/s
Read 2,364
Write 1,471
Mixed 895
SusWrite 363
281% 1,273 MB/s
4K Read 56
4K Write 159
4K Mixed 83.5
276% 99.4 MB/s
DQ Read 976
DQ Write 1,160
DQ Mixed 1,008
776% 1,048 MB/s
123GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 583 339 346 339 336 336 MB/s
Read 2,547
Write 2,046
Mixed 1,577
SusWrite 380
364% 1,637 MB/s
4K Read 61.7
4K Write 146
4K Mixed 82.3
276% 96.6 MB/s
DQ Read 912
DQ Write 711
DQ Mixed 782
593% 802 MB/s
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Typical 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 113,719 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 100%
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Desktop
Desktop 89%
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Workstation
Workstation 96%
Nuclear submarine

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING - $135

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $1,007

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 Comments

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Poor

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!


Good

4 years ago.


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

NVMe라서 속도 빠르더라.


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

16 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

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

Excellent entry level M.2 drive


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