Average Bench: 261% (11th of 927)

Based on 22,668 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]


Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB averaged 161.0% 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.


Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,178MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 1,657MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 119%. 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.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 273MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 306MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 22,668 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,538 Read 2,178 2,909
1,033 Write 1,656 1,915
1,230 Mixed 1,657 1,987
407% 1,831 MB/s
Min Avg Max
28.3 4K Read 43.1 52
65.2 4K Write 127 175
28.4 4K Mixed 49.8 70.2
196% 73.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
33.6 DQ Read 273 590
106 DQ Write 306 540
23.6 DQ Mixed 118 253
136% 232 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
153GB free
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,987
Write 1,840
Mixed 1,882
494% 2,236 MB/s
4K Read 51.2
4K Write 155
4K Mixed 68.2
247% 91.5 MB/s
DQ Read 368
DQ Write 324
DQ Mixed 39.7
114% 244 MB/s
153GB free
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,951
Write 1,838
Mixed 1918
494% 2,236 MB/s
4K Read 50.8
4K Write 152
4K Mixed 54.4
227% 85.7 MB/s
DQ Read 373
DQ Write 316
DQ Mixed 148
165% 279 MB/s
305GB free
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,669
Write 1,808
Mixed 1,911
472% 2,129 MB/s
4K Read 50.7
4K Write 158
4K Mixed 67.8
248% 92.3 MB/s
DQ Read 355
DQ Write 305
DQ Mixed 160
166% 273 MB/s
383GB free
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,526
Write 1,766
Mixed 1,874
456% 2,055 MB/s
4K Read 47.9
4K Write 142
4K Mixed 55.5
219% 81.7 MB/s
DQ Read 50.9
DQ Write 349
DQ Mixed 173
141% 191 MB/s
258GB free
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,484
Write 1,720
Mixed 1,823
445% 2,009 MB/s
4K Read 47.1
4K Write 124
4K Mixed 33
179% 67.9 MB/s
DQ Read 45.9
DQ Write 119
DQ Mixed 32.4
39% 65.6 MB/s
288GB free
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 1,886
Write 1,785
Mixed 1,601
392% 1,757 MB/s
4K Read 41.1
4K Write 105
4K Mixed 27.2
153% 57.8 MB/s
DQ Read 32.6
DQ Write 87.5
DQ Mixed 23.9
29% 48 MB/s
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Gaming 128%
Desktop 135%
Workstation 96%
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Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS IX HERO - $245

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 109% - Outstanding Total price: $1,799

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