Average Bench: 230% (66th of 1058)

Based on 122,525 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 129.7% 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 909MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,116MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 126%. 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 378MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 146MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 122,525 samples)
Min Avg Max
802 Read 2,116 2,524
618 Write 1,373 2,022
613 Mixed 1,105 1,411
238 SusWrite 378 487
275% 1,243 MB/s
Min Avg Max
38.2 4K Read 58.3 68.5
79.3 4K Write 146 205
46.8 4K Mixed 76.7 94
264% 93.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
507 DQ Read 919 998
333 DQ Write 896 1,308
419 DQ Mixed 909 1,126
682% 908 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
134GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 608 332 304 278 272 272 MB/s
Read 2,351
Write 1,463
Mixed 1,123
SusWrite 344
292% 1,320 MB/s
4K Read 58.3
4K Write 143
4K Mixed 77.5
263% 93 MB/s
DQ Read 978
DQ Write 1,232
DQ Mixed 1,010
788% 1,073 MB/s
74GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 414 199 197 196 192 188 MB/s
Read 2,428
Write 1,198
Mixed 1,270
SusWrite 231
282% 1,282 MB/s
4K Read 57.6
4K Write 111
4K Mixed 70.3
236% 79.6 MB/s
DQ Read 975
DQ Write 1,054
DQ Mixed 1,006
759% 1,012 MB/s
117GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 637 318 303 294 266 216 MB/s
Read 2,349
Write 1,461
Mixed 1,250
SusWrite 339
298% 1,350 MB/s
4K Read 58
4K Write 127
4K Mixed 74.7
251% 86.4 MB/s
DQ Read 948
DQ Write 691
DQ Mixed 872
638% 837 MB/s
165GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 462 320 312 311 313 312 MB/s
Read 804
Write 697
Mixed 685
SusWrite 338
141% 631 MB/s
4K Read 59.8
4K Write 124
4K Mixed 76.9
254% 86.7 MB/s
DQ Read 834
DQ Write 722
DQ Mixed 994
686% 850 MB/s
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Typical 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 99,631 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 99%
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Desktop
Desktop 89%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 95%
Nuclear submarine

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING - $130

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 62% - Good Total price: $1,066

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 Comments

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Poor

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!


Good

3 years ago.


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

NVMe라서 속도 빠르더라.


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

11 months ago.

You want reliability.. right? and you want it to be fast. You also want it to be M.2 format. I say look no further!


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

Excellent entry level M.2 drive


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