Average Bench: 227% (69th of 1058)

Based on 134,318 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 127.5% 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 890MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,127MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Evo NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB is 128%. 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 372MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 139MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 134,318 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,054 Read 2,127 2,534
701 Write 1,387 2,089
678 Mixed 1,123 1,483
219 SusWrite 372 506
277% 1,252 MB/s
Min Avg Max
38.5 4K Read 58 67.9
65.8 4K Write 139 195
41.2 4K Mixed 74.6 93.1
257% 90.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
552 DQ Read 909 1,003
308 DQ Write 907 1,409
341 DQ Mixed 890 1,023
674% 902 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
159GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 568 300 307 309 309 311 MB/s
Read 2,519
Write 1,439
Mixed 1,034
SusWrite 350
294% 1,336 MB/s
4K Read 65.3
4K Write 201
4K Mixed 90.8
322% 119 MB/s
DQ Read 969
DQ Write 1,222
DQ Mixed 998
780% 1,063 MB/s
96GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 587 156 153 142 137 174 MB/s
Read 2355
Write 1,460
Mixed 1,139
SusWrite 225
286% 1,295 MB/s
4K Read 63.7
4K Write 164
4K Mixed 85.7
293% 104 MB/s
DQ Read 979
DQ Write 1,156
DQ Mixed 1,004
774% 1,046 MB/s
155GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 597 336 332 334 333 329 MB/s
Read 2,376
Write 1,475
Mixed 1,319
SusWrite 377
307% 1,387 MB/s
4K Read 61
4K Write 136
4K Mixed 74.6
260% 90.6 MB/s
DQ Read 979
DQ Write 878
DQ Mixed 1,006
733% 954 MB/s
138GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXE7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 616 331 331 332 331 331 MB/s
Read 1,392
Write 1,250
Mixed 1,044
SusWrite 379
227% 1,016 MB/s
4K Read 64
4K Write 158
4K Mixed 84.6
289% 102 MB/s
DQ Read 961
DQ Write 1323
DQ Mixed 969
780% 1,084 MB/s
187GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2QEXM7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1266 405 407 408 410 408 MB/s
Read 1,518
Write 1,320
Mixed 1,163
SusWrite 551
255% 1138 MB/s
4K Read 60
4K Write 119
4K Mixed 77.2
253% 85.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,007
DQ Write 885
DQ Mixed 984
728% 959 MB/s
148GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 646 330 331 332 322 314 MB/s
Read 1,926
Write 1370
Mixed 964
SusWrite 379
257% 1,160 MB/s
4K Read 54.2
4K Write 144
4K Mixed 51.2
224% 83.1 MB/s
DQ Read 537
DQ Write 353
DQ Mixed 399
310% 430 MB/s
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Desktop 90%
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Workstation 95%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING - $127

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $1,045

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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!


3 years ago.


2 years ago.

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


2 years ago.

NVMe라서 속도 빠르더라.


2 years ago.

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


5 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!


3 years ago.

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


2 years ago.

Excellent entry level M.2 drive

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