Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

Synthetic Benchmarks


HD Tune Pro

In this benchmark I am checking sequential reading speed with
a file block size of 4MB.

Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

Samsung 960 EVO M.2
NVMe 250GB SSD

With an average sequential reading speed of 3120.4 MB/s the Samsung
960 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD gives an outstanding turn of speed. Also worth noting are the
incredibly fast access times.

Let’s see how this compares to other recently tested SSDs in
the table below.

Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

The Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD has performed exceptionally
well in the HD Tune sequential reading test, and finishes the test in first
place.

ATTO disk benchmark

ATTO has become a standard tool for measuring the data
throughput of HDDs and SSDs. It measures the reading and writing performance,
using different file sizes and block sizes.

Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

Samsung 960 EVO M.2
NVMe 250GB SSD

The reading speed results for the Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe 250GB
SSD are extremely impressive, topping out at over 3.2 GB/s, and writing speed
is also impressive peaking at over 1.6 GB/s.

Let’s find out how this compares with other recently tested
SSDs.

ATTO Reading performance

Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

ATTO – Reading performance
at various block sizes

The Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD has outstanding reading
performance.

ATTO Writing performance

Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

ATTO – Writing
performance at various block sizes

The Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD delivers excellent writing
performance.


CrystalDiskMark 3.0

Crystal Disk Mark is quite a handy benchmarking application,
as it focuses on the file sizes that can cause a problem on a system drive.

Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

As we can see from the above screenshot, sequential reading and
writing speeds are both extremely impressive, also random reading and writing performances
are outstanding, both at low and high queue depths.

AS SSD Benchmark

AS SSD benchmark is a benchmarking tool specifically
designed to test SSDs. The application tests sequential reading and writing performance,
4K random reading and writing performance.

AS SSD benchmark also tests 4K threaded performance. This is
very exciting, as this test is the first available test that I am aware of,
that simulates how a PC operating system actually works. A modern PC and OS,
such as Windows 7/8 does not just run a single thread at a time, it runs many
threads. The AS SSD benchmark "4K 64Thrd" tests run 64 threads
simultaneously throughout the test. If this result is good, then you can be
pretty sure the drive will perform extremely well as a system drive.

After the tests complete, AS SSD benchmark derives a total
score for the drive being tested. This is based on all aspects of the test
results, and gives an indication of how the drive is performing overall.

Now let’s look at the result from the Samsung 960 EVO M.2
NVMe SSD in the form of a screenshot. All our other comparison drives’ results
are presented in the form of a graph.

Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

Samsung 960 EVO 250GB
M.2 NVMe SSD

Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

In this test, the Samsung 960 EVO finished in second place.


Anvil’s Storage Utilities

As well as performing SSD endurance tests. Anvil’s Storage
Utilities has a very nice SSD benchmarking application. The SSD benchmark tests
many different aspects of SSD performance, including 4K random at different queue
depths, and also sequential performance, but more importantly than this, all
using real test data.

Another very nice feature of Anvil’s SSD benchmark is the
fact that you can change the compression levels of the test data. The
compression levels of the datasets used for the tests can be varied from 0%
compression right up to 100% compressed data, and there are even a few data
profiles already included, such as database (8%) compression, and also an
application profile (46%) compression, which is designed to simulate real
application data being read and written to the SSD.

I will include a screenshot of the review drive, and all
comparison results will be presented in the form of graph. If you would like to
see screenshots of the test results obtained on the other SSDs in this article,
you can do so by following the link here.

The test will be run using incompressible data.

Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

Samsung 960 Pro M.2
NVMe 250GB SSD

Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

The Samsung 960 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD has performed extremely
well in this test, finishing in second place.

Summary:

The Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe SSD has performed extremely well
in the basic synthetic benchmarks. Random reading and writing performance is
extremely impressive, and sequential reading and writing performance is
outstanding.

 

Let’s head to the next page for our IOMeter test
results…..