Average Bench: 263% (6th of 908)

Based on 17,450 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 163.3% 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 2,221MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 1,666MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 125%. 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 276MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 303MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 17,450 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,519 Read 2,221 2,932
1,038 Write 1,651 1,917
1,248 Mixed 1,666 2,005
410% 1,846 MB/s
Min Avg Max
27.5 4K Read 46.2 53.2
65.4 4K Write 127 178
25.7 4K Mixed 49.1 70.5
200% 74.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
36 DQ Read 276 622
106 DQ Write 303 555
24.8 DQ Mixed 123 261
139% 234 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
209GB free
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,660
Write 1,832
Mixed 1,869
470% 2,120 MB/s
4K Read 51.5
4K Write 136
4K Mixed 68.7
238% 85.3 MB/s
DQ Read 401
DQ Write 240
DQ Mixed 150
157% 264 MB/s
425GB free
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,787
Write 1,878
Mixed 1,945
488% 2,203 MB/s
4K Read 51.6
4K Write 160
4K Mixed 42.1
217% 84.5 MB/s
DQ Read 54.4
DQ Write 195
DQ Mixed 40.2
55% 96.6 MB/s
302GB free
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,645
Write 1,913
Mixed 2,018
487% 2,192 MB/s
4K Read 53.3
4K Write 176
4K Mixed 41.9
228% 90.3 MB/s
DQ Read 55.7
DQ Write 204
DQ Mixed 41
57% 100 MB/s
293GB free
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,355
Write 1,793
Mixed 1,613
426% 1,920 MB/s
4K Read 44.9
4K Write 107
4K Mixed 60.1
202% 70.5 MB/s
DQ Read 315
DQ Write 200
DQ Mixed 136
134% 217 MB/s
315GB free
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
Read 2,235
Write 1,779
Mixed 1,763
428% 1,926 MB/s
4K Read 36.8
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 26.6
150% 59 MB/s
DQ Read 34.8
DQ Write 343
DQ Mixed 25.6
68% 134 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 7,848 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 128%
Desktop 136%
Workstation 97%
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Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS IX HERO - $278

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 108% - Outstanding Total price: $1,862

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1 month ago.

very fast / MLC


2 months ago.

verry fast load times


3 months ago.


1 month ago.

issa good


7 months ago.

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


4 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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