Average Bench: 282% (10th of 956)

Based on 23,808 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 181.7% 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. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 883MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,077MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 173%. 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 829MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 46.9MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 23,808 samples)
Min Avg Max
977 Read 2,077 2,630
696 Write 1,528 1,906
562 Mixed 829 992
566 SusWrite 1,370 1,888
324% 1,451 MB/s
Min Avg Max
35.2 4K Read 46.9 54.3
88.3 4K Write 146 205
48.8 4K Mixed 65.2 78.1
232% 86.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
386 DQ Read 1,042 1,314
361 DQ Write 920 1,336
320 DQ Mixed 883 1,136
689% 948 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
324GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1637 1679 1734 1684 1684 1666 MB/s
Read 2,637
Write 1,742
Mixed 942
SusWrite 1,681
390% 1,750 MB/s
4K Read 51.9
4K Write 179
4K Mixed 72.5
266% 101 MB/s
DQ Read 1,306
DQ Write 1,176
DQ Mixed 1,115
871% 1,199 MB/s
334GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1843 1817 1829 1850 1866 1860 MB/s
Read 2,582
Write 1,855
Mixed 954
SusWrite 1,844
404% 1,809 MB/s
4K Read 53.1
4K Write 170
4K Mixed 74.7
266% 99.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,122
DQ Write 961
DQ Mixed 964
743% 1,015 MB/s
376GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1887 1798 1810 1728 1706 1708 MB/s
Read 2,348
Write 1,707
Mixed 928
SusWrite 1,773
377% 1,689 MB/s
4K Read 53.2
4K Write 176
4K Mixed 76.5
272% 102 MB/s
DQ Read 1262
DQ Write 1099
DQ Mixed 1,064
829% 1,142 MB/s
266GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1420 1558 1555 1564 1571 1570 MB/s
Read 2,356
Write 1,684
Mixed 902
SusWrite 1,540
361% 1,620 MB/s
4K Read 50.8
4K Write 184
4K Mixed 73.3
268% 103 MB/s
DQ Read 1,136
DQ Write 1,142
DQ Mixed 1,000
790% 1,093 MB/s
282GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1214 1679 1706 1736 1708 1661 MB/s
Read 2,599
Write 1,805
Mixed 978
SusWrite 1,617
390% 1,750 MB/s
4K Read 49.1
4K Write 125
4K Mixed 66.1
225% 80.1 MB/s
DQ Read 859
DQ Write 628
DQ Mixed 710
540% 732 MB/s
187GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1542 1775 1734 1685 1618 1675 MB/s
Read 1,817
Write 1,460
Mixed 808
SusWrite 1,672
322% 1,439 MB/s
4K Read 51.2
4K Write 161
4K Mixed 69.9
252% 94 MB/s
DQ Read 1,131
DQ Write 1,058
DQ Mixed 1,016
784% 1,068 MB/s
356GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1157 1093 1090 1120 1152 1175 MB/s
Read 1,370
Write 974
Mixed 623
SusWrite 1,131
229% 1,024 MB/s
4K Read 39.4
4K Write 120
4K Mixed 53.7
192% 71.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,010
DQ Write 671
DQ Mixed 744
581% 808 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 9,514 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 127%
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Desktop
Desktop 137%
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Workstation
Workstation 97%
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Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS IX HERO - $209

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 123% - Outstanding Total price: $1,562

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Excellent

12 months ago.

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


Excellent

9 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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