Average Bench: 233% (29th of 964)

Based on 25,242 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 132.7% 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 891MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,162MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 97.6%. 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 418MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 142MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 25,242 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,145 Read 2,162 2,510
1,014 Write 1,388 1474
742 Mixed 1,095 1,298
322 SusWrite 418 482
280% 1,266 MB/s
Min Avg Max
43.8 4K Read 56.6 65.6
97.3 4K Write 142 197
58.5 4K Mixed 75.5 89.9
258% 91.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
489 DQ Read 895 981
380 DQ Write 942 1,480
329 DQ Mixed 891 1,012
677% 909 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
107GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 582 324 324 310 290 278 MB/s
Read 2,427
Write 1,472
Mixed 940
SusWrite 351
286% 1,297 MB/s
4K Read 69.3
4K Write 202
4K Mixed 93.6
332% 122 MB/s
DQ Read 978
DQ Write 1,502
DQ Mixed 1,010
829% 1,163 MB/s
202GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1297 326 304 305 306 305 MB/s
Read 2353
Write 1,420
Mixed 1,112
SusWrite 474
296% 1,340 MB/s
4K Read 59.3
4K Write 173
4K Mixed 84.2
289% 106 MB/s
DQ Read 976
DQ Write 1,248
DQ Mixed 1,008
790% 1,077 MB/s
163GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1221 305 307 307 291 305 MB/s
Read 2,483
Write 1,467
Mixed 978
SusWrite 456
297% 1,346 MB/s
4K Read 61.2
4K Write 161
4K Mixed 83.9
286% 102 MB/s
DQ Read 977
DQ Write 847
DQ Mixed 934
694% 919 MB/s
154GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 491 323 293 293 294 293 MB/s
Read 2,460
Write 1,387
Mixed 969
SusWrite 331
283% 1,287 MB/s
4K Read 57.1
4K Write 135
4K Mixed 77.6
257% 89.9 MB/s
DQ Read 976
DQ Write 1,376
DQ Mixed 1,007
809% 1,120 MB/s
72GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 469 326 322 325 322 322 MB/s
Read 1,341
Write 1,207
Mixed 1,025
SusWrite 348
219% 980 MB/s
4K Read 54.6
4K Write 102
4K Mixed 67.2
223% 74.6 MB/s
DQ Read 857
DQ Write 721
DQ Mixed 773
583% 784 MB/s
131GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1103 330 296 297 296 297 MB/s
Read 1,485
Write 1,288
Mixed 805
SusWrite 436
224% 1,004 MB/s
4K Read 35
4K Write 84.4
4K Mixed 47.7
159% 55.7 MB/s
DQ Read 917
DQ Write 750
DQ Mixed 842
628% 836 MB/s
145GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1013 322 329 329 328 330 MB/s
Read 1738
Write 1,303
Mixed 1,111
SusWrite 442
256% 1,148 MB/s
4K Read 39.1
4K Write 75.4
4K Mixed 43.5
155% 52.7 MB/s
DQ Read 626
DQ Write 494
DQ Mixed 569
423% 563 MB/s
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Typical 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 15,570 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 129%
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Desktop
Desktop 131%
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Workstation
Workstation 118%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $210

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 103% - Outstanding Total price: $1,589

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 Comments

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6 hrs ago.

Makes my Macbook pro 13" ( early-2015) run like a speeding bullet train. Did the upgrade myself.


Excellent

7 days ago.

fast & cheap


Excellent

2 days ago.

very fast performace


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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