Average Bench: 235% (67th of 1071)

Based on 154,949 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 134.7% 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.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 916MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,166MB/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 391MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 146MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 154,949 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,204 Read 2,166 2,518
658 Write 1,408 2,123
611 Mixed 1,132 1,430
245 SusWrite 391 499
282% 1,274 MB/s
Min Avg Max
41.5 4K Read 61.5 69.1
71.1 4K Write 146 220
49.8 4K Mixed 76.8 96
269% 94.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
549 DQ Read 926 1,007
342 DQ Write 939 1,463
440 DQ Mixed 916 1,131
693% 927 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
177GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1297 306 308 307 307 309 MB/s
Read 2506
Write 1,466
Mixed 1,055
SusWrite 472
303% 1,375 MB/s
4K Read 66.6
4K Write 197
4K Mixed 91.2
322% 118 MB/s
DQ Read 975
DQ Write 1,307
DQ Mixed 1,004
796% 1095 MB/s
136GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 550 339 339 337 337 334 MB/s
Read 2,470
Write 1,474
Mixed 1,304
SusWrite 373
310% 1,405 MB/s
4K Read 65.3
4K Write 171
4K Mixed 87.4
302% 108 MB/s
DQ Read 971
DQ Write 1,267
DQ Mixed 1,006
791% 1,081 MB/s
157GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 526 374 310 309 309 309 MB/s
Read 2,440
Write 1,471
Mixed 1,264
SusWrite 356
306% 1,383 MB/s
4K Read 61.3
4K Write 152
4K Mixed 81.3
278% 98.2 MB/s
DQ Read 866
DQ Write 858
DQ Mixed 868
650% 864 MB/s
62GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 370 187 185 183 153 153 MB/s
Read 1,291
Write 1054
Mixed 640
SusWrite 205
177% 798 MB/s
4K Read 44.3
4K Write 123
4K Mixed 53.2
200% 73.6 MB/s
DQ Read 966
DQ Write 1,178
DQ Mixed 976
763% 1,040 MB/s
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Gaming 111%
Desktop 94%
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Workstation 101%

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-F GAMING - $477

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 91% - Outstanding Total price: $1,149

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Welcome to our 2.5" and M.2 SSD comparison. We calculate effective speed for both SATA and NVMe drives based on real world performance then adjust by current prices per GB to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top SSDs. [SSDrivePro]


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24 months 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!


5 years ago.


5 years ago.

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


4 years ago.

NVMe라서 속도 빠르더라.


4 years ago.

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


2 years 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!


5 years ago.

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


5 years ago.

Excellent entry level M.2 drive

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