Average Bench: 284% (9th of 956)

Based on 27,301 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 183.6% 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 876MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,107MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 174%. 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 833MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 47MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 27,301 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,210 Read 2,107 2,626
694 Write 1,559 1,937
612 Mixed 833 988
527 SusWrite 1,390 1,899
328% 1,472 MB/s
Min Avg Max
36.7 4K Read 47 54
95.1 4K Write 144 197
47.2 4K Mixed 65.3 78.2
231% 85.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
405 DQ Read 1,038 1,316
329 DQ Write 906 1,342
326 DQ Mixed 876 1,131
683% 940 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
258GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1810 1817 1764 1594 1522 1465 MB/s
Read 2208
Write 1,679
Mixed 914
SusWrite 1,662
361% 1,616 MB/s
4K Read 47.2
4K Write 183
4K Mixed 77.8
268% 103 MB/s
DQ Read 1175
DQ Write 1,018
DQ Mixed 1,024
787% 1,072 MB/s
150GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1558 1459 1305 1180 1128 1057 MB/s
Read 2480
Write 1,692
Mixed 775
SusWrite 1,281
346% 1,557 MB/s
4K Read 49.8
4K Write 146
4K Mixed 68.3
240% 88.1 MB/s
DQ Read 1,100
DQ Write 862
DQ Mixed 902
696% 954 MB/s
223GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1357 1349 1275 1278 1276 1263 MB/s
Read 1,552
Write 1,275
Mixed 738
SusWrite 1,300
272% 1,216 MB/s
4K Read 52.1
4K Write 188
4K Mixed 70.7
269% 104 MB/s
DQ Read 757
DQ Write 935
DQ Mixed 726
581% 806 MB/s
229GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1302 1140 1106 1071 1055 1038 MB/s
Read 1423
Write 1,121
Mixed 699
SusWrite 1,118
244% 1,090 MB/s
4K Read 43.1
4K Write 120
4K Mixed 55.4
200% 72.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,006
DQ Write 835
DQ Mixed 918
688% 920 MB/s
27GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 354 281 265 264 242 241 MB/s
Read 1,590
Write 311
Mixed 488
SusWrite 274
145% 666 MB/s
4K Read 44.4
4K Write 117
4K Mixed 56.4
202% 72.7 MB/s
DQ Read 813
DQ Write 445
DQ Mixed 682
493% 647 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 9,973 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 128%
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Desktop 138%
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Workstation 98%
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Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS IX HERO - $229

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 124% - Outstanding Total price: $1,588

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Excellent

13 months ago.

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


Excellent

10 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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