Average Bench: 236% (36th of 1003)

Based on 72,727 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 136.4% 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 896MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,212MB/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.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 384MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 148MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 72,727 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,112 Read 2,212 2,524
822 Write 1,426 2,094
760 Mixed 1,109 1,378
284 SusWrite 384 483
284% 1,283 MB/s
Min Avg Max
46.5 4K Read 58.2 67.8
89.6 4K Write 148 206
58.7 4K Mixed 77.7 94.4
266% 94.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
468 DQ Read 900 983
457 DQ Write 1,004 1,491
399 DQ Mixed 896 1,016
690% 933 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
131GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1295 299 299 300 299 302 MB/s
Read 2,465
Write 1,473
Mixed 1,263
SusWrite 466
313% 1,417 MB/s
4K Read 66.1
4K Write 200
4K Mixed 93.2
326% 120 MB/s
DQ Read 982
DQ Write 1,484
DQ Mixed 1,012
828% 1,160 MB/s
193GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1280 308 308 310 310 310 MB/s
Read 2,411
Write 1,475
Mixed 1,070
SusWrite 471
300% 1,357 MB/s
4K Read 61.2
4K Write 140
4K Mixed 78.2
267% 93.2 MB/s
DQ Read 971
DQ Write 1,503
DQ Mixed 998
822% 1,157 MB/s
124GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 591 308 300 307 297 294 MB/s
Read 2,396
Write 1,461
Mixed 1123
SusWrite 350
294% 1,332 MB/s
4K Read 61.9
4K Write 139
4K Mixed 78.3
268% 93.2 MB/s
DQ Read 970
DQ Write 1,136
DQ Mixed 1,008
772% 1,038 MB/s
142GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 533 327 325 324 326 309 MB/s
Read 2,414
Write 1,473
Mixed 1,317
SusWrite 357
308% 1,390 MB/s
4K Read 60.4
4K Write 150
4K Mixed 83
277% 97.8 MB/s
DQ Read 925
DQ Write 760
DQ Mixed 847
633% 844 MB/s
144GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1114 334 326 326 332 333 MB/s
Read 2,411
Write 1,476
Mixed 1,257
SusWrite 461
310% 1,401 MB/s
4K Read 55.8
4K Write 118
4K Mixed 72.2
240% 82.1 MB/s
DQ Read 828
DQ Write 584
DQ Mixed 780
562% 731 MB/s
91GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 499 274 259 255 253 250 MB/s
Read 2,396
Write 1,478
Mixed 1281
SusWrite 298
301% 1,363 MB/s
4K Read 52.3
4K Write 87
4K Mixed 63.1
206% 67.5 MB/s
DQ Read 52.4
DQ Write 102
DQ Mixed 66
53% 73.5 MB/s
106GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 421 230 230 227 225 223 MB/s
Read 881
Write 758
Mixed 708
SusWrite 259
146% 652 MB/s
4K Read 55.3
4K Write 128
4K Mixed 72.1
244% 85 MB/s
DQ Read 485
DQ Write 840
DQ Mixed 387
371% 571 MB/s
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Typical 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 16,513 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 101%
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Desktop
Desktop 122%
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Workstation
Workstation 117%
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Motherboard: Asus PRIME X470-PRO - $140

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 123% - Outstanding Total price: $920

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 Comments

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Excellent

25 days 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

14 months ago.


Excellent

11 months ago.

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


Excellent

6 months ago.

NVMe라서 속도 빠르더라.


Excellent

7 months ago.

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


Excellent

13 months ago.

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


Excellent

9 months ago.

Excellent entry level M.2 drive


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