Average Bench: 229% (68th of 1058)

Based on 134,686 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 128.6% 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 876MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,165MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 122%. 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 137MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 134,686 samples)
Min Avg Max
971 Read 2,165 2,549
586 Write 1,379 2,212
599 Mixed 1,122 1,464
236 SusWrite 377 492
279% 1,261 MB/s
Min Avg Max
40.1 4K Read 59.6 67.7
76.3 4K Write 137 192
46.7 4K Mixed 74.9 92.3
259% 90.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
511 DQ Read 916 998
287 DQ Write 851 1,286
342 DQ Mixed 876 1,018
660% 881 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
165GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1277 295 302 303 304 303 MB/s
Read 2,498
Write 1,473
Mixed 1,079
SusWrite 464
304% 1,379 MB/s
4K Read 69
4K Write 222
4K Mixed 97.6
347% 130 MB/s
DQ Read 980
DQ Write 1,273
DQ Mixed 1,014
797% 1,089 MB/s
115GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 583 321 313 308 307 304 MB/s
Read 2,514
Write 1,462
Mixed 990
SusWrite 356
293% 1,330 MB/s
4K Read 62.3
4K Write 148
4K Mixed 80.2
276% 96.9 MB/s
DQ Read 969
DQ Write 1,336
DQ Mixed 999
798% 1,101 MB/s
94GB free
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1133 332 331 333 333 332 MB/s
Read 2,405
Write 1,475
Mixed 1,182
SusWrite 466
306% 1,382 MB/s
4K Read 63.6
4K Write 155
4K Mixed 82.9
285% 101 MB/s
DQ Read 981
DQ Write 868
DQ Mixed 1,003
730% 951 MB/s
183GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1354 313 317 316 317 314 MB/s
Read 2,452
Write 1,462
Mixed 1,300
SusWrite 489
316% 1,426 MB/s
4K Read 61
4K Write 124
4K Mixed 75.9
255% 87 MB/s
DQ Read 979
DQ Write 586
DQ Mixed 797
590% 787 MB/s
141GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 447 317 317 316 321 319 MB/s
Read 2,143
Write 1,339
Mixed 1,045
SusWrite 340
269% 1,217 MB/s
4K Read 51.9
4K Write 130
4K Mixed 66.8
233% 82.8 MB/s
DQ Read 757
DQ Write 525
DQ Mixed 690
502% 657 MB/s
155GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 372 316 300 306 306 305 MB/s
Read 1501
Write 1,246
Mixed 1,004
SusWrite 318
227% 1,017 MB/s
4K Read 51.9
4K Write 98.5
4K Mixed 65.3
214% 71.9 MB/s
DQ Read 939
DQ Write 842
DQ Mixed 955
699% 912 MB/s
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Gaming 102%
Desktop 90%
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Workstation 96%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $1,104

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15 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!


3 years ago.


3 years ago.

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


2 years ago.

NVMe라서 속도 빠르더라.


2 years ago.

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


9 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!


3 years ago.

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


3 years ago.

Excellent entry level M.2 drive

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