Average Bench: 292% (8th of 947)

Based on 23,043 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 191.9% 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 899MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,166MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 145%. 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 851MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 47.3MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 23,043 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,267 Read 2,166 2642
933 Write 1,596 1,936
668 Mixed 851 980
704 SusWrite 1,444 1,904
338% 1,514 MB/s
Min Avg Max
35.8 4K Read 47.3 54.7
91.9 4K Write 150 201
50.1 4K Mixed 66.2 78.3
236% 88 MB/s
Min Avg Max
401 DQ Read 1,067 1,316
315 DQ Write 931 1,338
304 DQ Mixed 899 1,132
701% 966 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
187GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1639 1665 1420 1405 1389 1264 MB/s
Read 1858
Write 1,288
Mixed 693
SusWrite 1,464
296% 1,326 MB/s
4K Read 46.1
4K Write 196
4K Mixed 80.5
277% 108 MB/s
DQ Read 1,313
DQ Write 1,360
DQ Mixed 1,159
920% 1,277 MB/s
216GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1448 1345 1275 1229 1188 1159 MB/s
Read 2068
Write 1,630
Mixed 852
SusWrite 1,274
325% 1,456 MB/s
4K Read 47.4
4K Write 157
4K Mixed 68.3
242% 90.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,124
DQ Write 895
DQ Mixed 925
715% 981 MB/s
307GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1399 1405 1429 1530 1561 1550 MB/s
Read 2,206
Write 1,672
Mixed 849
SusWrite 1,479
346% 1,552 MB/s
4K Read 37.5
4K Write 60.5
4K Mixed 46.2
148% 48.1 MB/s
DQ Read 104
DQ Write 103
DQ Mixed 102
77% 103 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 9,191 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 129%
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Desktop
Desktop 141%
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Workstation
Workstation 100%
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Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS IX HERO - $230

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 117% - Outstanding Total price: $1,716

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Excellent

11 months ago.

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


Excellent

8 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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