Average Bench: 235% (60th of 1059)

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.

Strengths

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.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 391MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 146MB/s
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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%
141GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 488 304 300 298 296 293 MB/s
Read 2,383
Write 1,466
Mixed 1,267
SusWrite 330
301% 1,361 MB/s
4K Read 66.8
4K Write 241
4K Mixed 96.9
353% 135 MB/s
DQ Read 980
DQ Write 1,497
DQ Mixed 1,010
829% 1,162 MB/s
75GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 284 227 221 217 215 209 MB/s
Read 1,541
Write 1,275
Mixed 1,189
SusWrite 229
236% 1,058 MB/s
4K Read 44.6
4K Write 89
4K Mixed 56.9
188% 63.5 MB/s
DQ Read 794
DQ Write 531
DQ Mixed 711
518% 679 MB/s
101GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 476 259 254 248 243 237 MB/s
Read 1,738
Write 1432
Mixed 1,048
SusWrite 286
250% 1,126 MB/s
4K Read 42.1
4K Write 62.1
4K Mixed 47.8
158% 50.7 MB/s
DQ Read 634
DQ Write 449
DQ Mixed 545
406% 543 MB/s
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Typical 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB Builds (Compare 3,838 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 124%
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Desktop 96%
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Workstation
Workstation 114%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-F GAMING - $200

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $1,334

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 Comments

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Poor

12 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

4 years ago.


Excellent

4 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

NVMe라서 속도 빠르더라.


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

21 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

4 years ago.

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


Excellent

4 years ago.

Excellent entry level M.2 drive


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