Average Bench: 328% (3rd of 956)

Based on 3,916 user benchmarks.  Models: Samsung SSD 970 PRO 512GB, NVMe Samsung SSD 970

The Samsung 970 Pro is a third generation NVMe PCIe SSD which replaces the 960 Pro. It comes in a M.2. form factor and features Samsung’s latest Phoenix controller and 64 layer proprietary 3D MLC NAND. MLC NAND has better write consistency but is more expensive than the TLC NAND found in the 970 Evo. The 970 Pro demonstrates a 16% increase in peak sequential write speed over the 960 Pro. There are also improvements in random read and write speeds. Interestingly this iteration of Pro SSDs come with a price cut, with the 512GB retailing at just $250 and the 1TB at $500, whilst at the time of writing, the 512GB 960 Pro is $315. The 970 Pro targets professionals who may rely on Samsung’s 5 year or 600TBW warranty and who may need its extended write performance. But, for most users who rarely transfer more than 22 GB at a time (this is the size of the SLC cache the 500GB 970 Evo), the cheaper 970 Evo may represent better value for money[May '18 SSDrivePro]

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Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB averaged 228.4% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 967MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,302MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 164%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Samsung 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 152MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 54MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,916 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,137 Read 2,302 2,775
1,025 Write 1,930 2,219
834 Mixed 1,271 1,543
1,077 SusWrite 1,853 2,203
412% 1,839 MB/s
Min Avg Max
40.8 4K Read 54 62.5
103 4K Write 152 208
54 4K Mixed 74.8 88.8
258% 93.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
499 DQ Read 1,056 1,466
394 DQ Write 891 1,364
412 DQ Mixed 967 1,426
726% 971 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
210GB free
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2204 2200 2210 2202 2208 2204 MB/s
Read 2,676
Write 2,212
Mixed 1,492
SusWrite 2,204
481% 2,146 MB/s
4K Read 56.6
4K Write 187
4K Mixed 82.6
291% 109 MB/s
DQ Read 1,247
DQ Write 1,123
DQ Mixed 1,157
876% 1,176 MB/s
236GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2201 2175 2193 2006 2023 1902 MB/s
Read 2,783
Write 2,216
Mixed 1,567
SusWrite 2,083
484% 2,163 MB/s
4K Read 61.3
4K Write 184
4K Mixed 85
299% 110 MB/s
DQ Read 1,114
DQ Write 913
DQ Mixed 1,005
755% 1,010 MB/s
412GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1910 1872 2002 1982 1963 1976 MB/s
Read 2,619
Write 2,153
Mixed 1,252
SusWrite 1,951
446% 1,994 MB/s
4K Read 56.1
4K Write 159
4K Mixed 80
272% 98.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,160
DQ Write 992
DQ Mixed 1,061
799% 1,071 MB/s
438GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1455 1981 1981 1913 1971 1979 MB/s
Read 2520
Write 2,165
Mixed 1,272
SusWrite 1880
439% 1,959 MB/s
4K Read 52.7
4K Write 118
4K Mixed 69.4
231% 79.9 MB/s
DQ Read 916
DQ Write 854
DQ Mixed 877
661% 883 MB/s
339GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1236 1203 1525 1752 1638 1573 MB/s
Read 2,471
Write 2,044
Mixed 1,093
SusWrite 1,488
396% 1,774 MB/s
4K Read 41
4K Write 102
4K Mixed 64.6
199% 69.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,014
DQ Write 724
DQ Mixed 790
611% 843 MB/s
423GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1832 1133 526 553 576 564 MB/s
Read 2,425
Write 2,141
Mixed 1,378
SusWrite 864
380% 1,702 MB/s
4K Read 57.5
4K Write 168
4K Mixed 82.4
282% 103 MB/s
DQ Read 1,271
DQ Write 1,092
DQ Mixed 1,161
876% 1,175 MB/s
256GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 876 1454 1809 1839 1832 1821 MB/s
Read 2,147
Write 1,938
Mixed 1,279
SusWrite 1,605
391% 1,742 MB/s
4K Read 45.2
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 56.9
202% 72.2 MB/s
DQ Read 717
DQ Write 497
DQ Mixed 610
455% 608 MB/s
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Typical 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 12,865 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 134%
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Desktop
Desktop 155%
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Workstation
Workstation 135%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $199

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 127% - Outstanding Total price: $1,650

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