Average Bench: 231% (46th of 1011)

Based on 72,495 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 131.4% 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.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 884MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,132MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 113%. 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 382MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 145MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 72,495 samples)
Min Avg Max
947 Read 2,132 2,514
678 Write 1,391 1,478
646 Mixed 1,095 1,335
277 SusWrite 382 483
277% 1,250 MB/s
Min Avg Max
42.5 4K Read 59 67.4
95.6 4K Write 145 198
56.1 4K Mixed 76.7 91.4
265% 93.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
432 DQ Read 877 982
308 DQ Write 974 1,479
344 DQ Mixed 884 1,014
677% 911 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
173GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 673 334 336 335 334 335 MB/s
Read 2,524
Write 1,472
Mixed 1,071
SusWrite 391
301% 1,365 MB/s
4K Read 64
4K Write 176
4K Mixed 93
309% 111 MB/s
DQ Read 971
DQ Write 1,285
DQ Mixed 1,012
797% 1,089 MB/s
102GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1353 302 302 302 302 302 MB/s
Read 2,467
Write 1,470
Mixed 1,310
SusWrite 477
317% 1,431 MB/s
4K Read 60
4K Write 168
4K Mixed 83
286% 104 MB/s
DQ Read 966
DQ Write 1,180
DQ Mixed 995
772% 1,047 MB/s
95GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 522 328 328 325 325 307 MB/s
Read 2,487
Write 1,474
Mixed 989
SusWrite 356
292% 1,327 MB/s
4K Read 62.4
4K Write 163
4K Mixed 82.1
286% 103 MB/s
DQ Read 949
DQ Write 1273
DQ Mixed 992
783% 1,071 MB/s
132GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 505 286 284 279 282 281 MB/s
Read 2,356
Write 1363
Mixed 1,113
SusWrite 320
284% 1,288 MB/s
4K Read 62.4
4K Write 162
4K Mixed 83.4
287% 103 MB/s
DQ Read 976
DQ Write 1,171
DQ Mixed 1,003
776% 1,050 MB/s
165GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 597 331 332 333 331 330 MB/s
Read 2,472
Write 1,457
Mixed 991
SusWrite 376
292% 1,324 MB/s
4K Read 56.3
4K Write 121
4K Mixed 72.9
243% 83.4 MB/s
DQ Read 894
DQ Write 645
DQ Mixed 734
558% 758 MB/s
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Gaming 79%
Desktop 104%
Workstation 95%
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Motherboard: Asus PRIME X470-PRO - $147

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $947

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13 days ago.

Great value. Makes the Pro a useless product.


10 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!


15 months ago.


13 months ago.

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


7 months ago.

NVMe라서 속도 빠르더라.


8 months ago.

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


14 months ago.

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


11 months ago.

Excellent entry level M.2 drive

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