Average Bench: 231% (33rd of 980)

Based on 47,847 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 130.8% 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 881MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,144MB/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.


Avg. Sustained Write Speed 408MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 142MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 47,847 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,041 Read 2,144 2,511
794 Write 1,383 1,474
689 Mixed 1,086 1,291
307 SusWrite 408 480
278% 1,255 MB/s
Min Avg Max
43.4 4K Read 57 67.2
88.6 4K Write 142 198
52.4 4K Mixed 74.9 91
257% 91.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
367 DQ Read 881 981
296 DQ Write 965 1,495
292 DQ Mixed 881 1,013
675% 909 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
207GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1346 311 308 309 309 310 MB/s
Read 2,395
Write 1,431
Mixed 1156
SusWrite 482
302% 1,366 MB/s
4K Read 64.8
4K Write 168
4K Mixed 86.5
298% 106 MB/s
DQ Read 961
DQ Write 1,122
DQ Mixed 1,004
767% 1,029 MB/s
208GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1327 306 301 302 303 302 MB/s
Read 2,456
Write 1,423
Mixed 1,045
SusWrite 473
298% 1,349 MB/s
4K Read 59.6
4K Write 165
4K Mixed 81.4
282% 102 MB/s
DQ Read 970
DQ Write 1,007
DQ Mixed 990
744% 989 MB/s
124GB free
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1282 293 300 300 299 299 MB/s
Read 2,368
Write 1,462
Mixed 1,209
SusWrite 462
304% 1,375 MB/s
4K Read 51.5
4K Write 118
4K Mixed 67.8
228% 79.2 MB/s
DQ Read 840
DQ Write 653
DQ Mixed 765
567% 753 MB/s
184GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1186 301 299 301 299 303 MB/s
Read 2,051
Write 1,433
Mixed 1,156
SusWrite 448
282% 1,272 MB/s
4K Read 53.3
4K Write 127
4K Mixed 74.8
244% 85 MB/s
DQ Read 978
DQ Write 801
DQ Mixed 928
684% 903 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 11,465,103 SSDs tested.


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Typical 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 19,002 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 129%
Desktop 131%
Workstation 118%

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $190

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 102% - Outstanding Total price: $1,583

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2 days ago.

top 80th percentile here this thing is sick


8 months ago.


5 months ago.

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


8 days ago.

NVMe라서 속도 빠르더라.


1 month ago.

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


7 months ago.

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


4 months ago.

Excellent entry level M.2 drive

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