Average Bench: 267% (5th of 873)

Based on 13,937 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 166.7% 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. Sequential Read Speed 2,216MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 1,675MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 114%. 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. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 319MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 324MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 13,937 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,612 Read 2,216 2,899
1,195 Write 1,675 1,918
1,315 Mixed 1,671 1,984
412% 1,854 MB/s
Min Avg Max
27.6 4K Read 43.5 53.2
51.7 4K Write 133 189
27.3 4K Mixed 51 71.7
202% 75.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
36.4 DQ Read 319 675
115 DQ Write 324 574
24.8 DQ Mixed 137 285
154% 260 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
329GB free
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,848
Write 1,772
Mixed 1,750
469% 2,124 MB/s
4K Read 54.4
4K Write 195
4K Mixed 70.9
277% 107 MB/s
DQ Read 598
DQ Write 561
DQ Mixed 267
286% 476 MB/s
284GB free
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,488
Write 1,544
Mixed 1,547
411% 1,860 MB/s
4K Read 46.5
4K Write 144
4K Mixed 63.6
228% 84.9 MB/s
DQ Read 426
DQ Write 373
DQ Mixed 186
198% 328 MB/s
322GB free
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,067
Write 1,822
Mixed 1,643
411% 1,844 MB/s
4K Read 46.8
4K Write 105
4K Mixed 62.4
206% 71.4 MB/s
DQ Read 303
DQ Write 154
DQ Mixed 117
117% 191 MB/s
248GB free
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,461
Write 1,486
Mixed 1,735
419% 1,894 MB/s
4K Read 51.1
4K Write 160
4K Mixed 37.8
211% 83.1 MB/s
DQ Read 51.6
DQ Write 178
DQ Mixed 38.3
52% 89.4 MB/s
237GB free
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
4KALIGNED
Read 2,352
Write 1,710
Mixed 1,750
430% 1,938 MB/s
4K Read 39.8
4K Write 4.14
4K Mixed 36.5
109% 26.8 MB/s
296GB free
Firmware: CXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 706
Write 646
Mixed 692
152% 681 MB/s
4K Read 25.2
4K Write 42.5
4K Mixed 27.5
96% 31.7 MB/s
DQ Read 26.8
DQ Write 300
DQ Mixed 17.5
57% 115 MB/s
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Desktop 138%
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Workstation 98%
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Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS IX HERO - $285

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 141% - Outstanding Total price: $1,266

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Excellent

11 days ago.

verry fast load times


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1 month ago.


Excellent

5 months ago.

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


Excellent

2 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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