Average Bench: 233% (47th of 1016)

Based on 93,244 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 133.0% 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 872MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,179MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 121%. 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 384MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 143MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 93,244 samples)
Min Avg Max
861 Read 2,179 2,564
597 Write 1,427 2,252
616 Mixed 1,133 1,565
267 SusWrite 384 491
284% 1,281 MB/s
Min Avg Max
42.9 4K Read 59.9 67.9
78.1 4K Write 143 202
51.4 4K Mixed 76.8 92.8
265% 93.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
344 DQ Read 883 1,003
223 DQ Write 948 1,471
227 DQ Mixed 872 1,145
668% 901 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
92GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 641 326 325 323 325 312 MB/s
Read 2,406
Write 1,465
Mixed 1,108
SusWrite 375
296% 1,338 MB/s
4K Read 65.7
4K Write 167
4K Mixed 86.5
299% 106 MB/s
DQ Read 980
DQ Write 1,499
DQ Mixed 1,014
831% 1,164 MB/s
176GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1335 301 302 302 302 303 MB/s
Read 2,354
Write 1468
Mixed 1,090
SusWrite 474
298% 1,347 MB/s
4K Read 58.1
4K Write 164
4K Mixed 83.2
282% 102 MB/s
DQ Read 971
DQ Write 1,134
DQ Mixed 1,008
772% 1,038 MB/s
141GB free
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 647 332 331 329 320 305 MB/s
Read 2,446
Write 1,476
Mixed 1,295
SusWrite 377
309% 1,399 MB/s
4K Read 61.3
4K Write 129
4K Mixed 76.9
260% 89 MB/s
DQ Read 977
DQ Write 594
DQ Mixed 837
610% 803 MB/s
159GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 478 333 333 332 332 315 MB/s
Read 704
Write 575
Mixed 596
SusWrite 354
125% 557 MB/s
4K Read 47.9
4K Write 84.6
4K Mixed 59.9
194% 64.1 MB/s
DQ Read 413
DQ Write 402
DQ Mixed 448
325% 421 MB/s
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Typical 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 27,296 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 79%
Desktop 103%
Workstation 95%
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Motherboard: Asus PRIME X470-PRO - $132

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 67% - Good Total price: $781

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1 month 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!


21 months ago.


18 months ago.

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


12 months ago.

NVMe라서 속도 빠르더라.


13 months ago.

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


19 months ago.

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


16 months ago.

Excellent entry level M.2 drive

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