Average Bench: 233% (45th of 1011)

Based on 89,403 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 133.1% 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 877MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,176MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 117%. 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 387MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 143MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 89,403 samples)
Min Avg Max
911 Read 2,176 2,526
788 Write 1,415 2,118
731 Mixed 1,135 1,412
268 SusWrite 387 495
283% 1,278 MB/s
Min Avg Max
43.6 4K Read 58.7 67.5
82.3 4K Write 143 201
54.2 4K Mixed 76.7 92.5
263% 92.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
376 DQ Read 877 1,002
285 DQ Write 968 1,488
285 DQ Mixed 877 1,100
673% 907 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
197GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1343 306 307 309 307 308 MB/s
Read 2,501
Write 1,468
Mixed 1,038
SusWrite 480
303% 1,372 MB/s
4K Read 59
4K Write 138
4K Mixed 77.2
261% 91.4 MB/s
DQ Read 981
DQ Write 1,188
DQ Mixed 1,015
784% 1,061 MB/s
172GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1118 358 311 309 311 311 MB/s
Read 2,424
Write 1,471
Mixed 1,311
SusWrite 453
313% 1,415 MB/s
4K Read 61
4K Write 159
4K Mixed 81.8
281% 101 MB/s
DQ Read 972
DQ Write 806
DQ Mixed 997
717% 925 MB/s
168GB free
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1356 302 313 312 311 312 MB/s
Read 2,357
Write 1,475
Mixed 1,247
SusWrite 484
308% 1,391 MB/s
4K Read 52.9
4K Write 123
4K Mixed 57.4
219% 77.8 MB/s
DQ Read 967
DQ Write 1034
DQ Mixed 934
721% 978 MB/s
187GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 595 311 313 315 319 318 MB/s
Read 1,760
Write 1,474
Mixed 1,210
SusWrite 362
268% 1,201 MB/s
4K Read 62.9
4K Write 147
4K Mixed 81.7
278% 97.2 MB/s
DQ Read 982
DQ Write 1,354
DQ Mixed 1,009
807% 1,115 MB/s
141GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 591 290 275 266 273 274 MB/s
Read 1,202
Write 1,192
Mixed 719
SusWrite 328
192% 860 MB/s
4K Read 36.9
4K Write 83.9
4K Mixed 50.8
165% 57.2 MB/s
DQ Read 967
DQ Write 1,325
DQ Mixed 984
789% 1,092 MB/s
168GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 599 335 335 334 333 332 MB/s
Read 1,113
Write 1,280
Mixed 758
SusWrite 378
198% 882 MB/s
4K Read 50.1
4K Write 101
4K Mixed 63.8
211% 71.7 MB/s
DQ Read 706
DQ Write 632
DQ Mixed 660
497% 666 MB/s
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Typical 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 21,839 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 79%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 105%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 95%
Nuclear submarine

Motherboard: Asus PRIME X470-PRO - $143

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 66% - Good Total price: $840

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15 hrs ago.

Great value. Makes the Pro a useless product.


Poor

2 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!


Good

17 months ago.


Excellent

14 months ago.

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


Excellent

9 months ago.

NVMe라서 속도 빠르더라.


Excellent

10 months ago.

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


Excellent

16 months ago.

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


Excellent

13 months ago.

Excellent entry level M.2 drive


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