Average Bench: 282% (9th of 956)

Based on 25,092 user benchmarks.  Models: Samsung SSD 960 PRO 512GB, NVMe Samsung SSD 960, Samsung SSD 960 PRO 512GB

Samsung’s NVMe SSD flagship, the 960 Pro, is one of the fastest consumer SSDs on the market, currently second only to Intel’s 900P Optane SSDs. This PCIe SSD offers high-end performance at a premium price and therefore, as the name suggests, is may be more suited towards professional users. Our real world benchmarks show that the 960 Pro has read/write speeds in excess of 4 times faster than the Samsung 850 Pro which is the next best SATA SSD. Compared to the now two year old NVMe 950 Pro the 960 Pro offers significantly higher write throughput and is less susceptible to thermal throttling. The 960 Pro is based on a denser version of Samsung’s V-NAND (3D) technology, featuring more layers of memory cells. The 960 Pro also features an upgraded and faster 5 ARM Polaris controller, compared to the 950 Pro’s 3 ARM UBX controller. The smallest capacity for the 960 Pro is 512 GB, which may make it prohibitively expensive for some. Fortunately, for those that still want the superb NVMe performance, the 250 GB Samsung 960 Evo offers a more affordable choice, albeit with lower sustained write speeds when compared to the 512 GB 960 Pro. The 960 Pro is based on MLC (2-bit) V-NAND whilst the 960 Evo is based on the slightly lower enduring TLC (3-bit) V-NAND, and this accounts for Samsung’s reduced warranty for the 960 Evo (3 years/200 TBW versus 5 years/400 TBW for the 512 GB versions of the 960 Evo and 960 Pro respectively). Unlike the 960 Evo, the 960 Pro doesn’t have an SLC cache which results in more consistent sustained write speeds. [Nov '17 SSDrivePro]

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Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB averaged 182.5% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 872MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,099MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 177%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 831MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 46.8MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 25,092 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,187 Read 2,099 2,623
599 Write 1,534 1,934
609 Mixed 831 991
465 SusWrite 1,384 1,903
326% 1,462 MB/s
Min Avg Max
35.7 4K Read 46.8 54.1
94.2 4K Write 143 197
48.2 4K Mixed 65.1 78.6
230% 84.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
412 DQ Read 1,037 1,315
329 DQ Write 899 1,336
301 DQ Mixed 872 1,131
680% 936 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
375GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1305 1447 1562 1543 1609 1594 MB/s
Read 2450
Write 1,800
Mixed 919
SusWrite 1,510
372% 1,670 MB/s
4K Read 53.2
4K Write 199
4K Mixed 79
287% 110 MB/s
DQ Read 1,275
DQ Write 1061
DQ Mixed 1,050
819% 1,129 MB/s
360GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1719 1746 1728 1684 1672 1636 MB/s
Read 2,121
Write 1725
Mixed 782
SusWrite 1,697
354% 1,581 MB/s
4K Read 51.4
4K Write 156
4K Mixed 70.7
251% 92.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1318
DQ Write 1,199
DQ Mixed 1,128
882% 1,215 MB/s
154GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1333 1350 1297 1131 978 851 MB/s
Read 2,396
Write 1721
Mixed 870
SusWrite 1,157
341% 1,536 MB/s
4K Read 50.7
4K Write 198
4K Mixed 74.7
277% 108 MB/s
DQ Read 1,313
DQ Write 1,226
DQ Mixed 1,020
834% 1,186 MB/s
213GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1244 1402 1417 1446 1445 1445 MB/s
Read 1,910
Write 1,589
Mixed 817
SusWrite 1,400
320% 1,429 MB/s
4K Read 46.4
4K Write 153
4K Mixed 68.8
239% 89.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,180
DQ Write 881
DQ Mixed 949
732% 1,003 MB/s
97GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1070 1060 881 770 684 639 MB/s
Read 1,443
Write 1,182
Mixed 795
SusWrite 851
239% 1,067 MB/s
4K Read 42.1
4K Write 132
4K Mixed 57.1
207% 77.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,104
DQ Write 781
DQ Mixed 779
626% 888 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 9,936 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 128%
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Desktop
Desktop 137%
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Workstation
Workstation 97%
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Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS IX HERO - $229

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 123% - Outstanding Total price: $1,583

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Excellent

13 months ago.

If you get this, you'll soon know why it's called "N.V. Me"


Excellent

10 months ago.

Super fast. Start windows 10 2..3 sec. In CristallDiskMark 4K read Q=1 61.7 Mb/s, 15073 IOPS. My record here 367 scores (no cache, no raid etc.).


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