Average Bench: 322% (4th of 927)

Based on 73 user benchmarks.  Model: Samsung SSD 970 PRO 512GB

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 222.2% 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. Sequential Read Speed 2,822MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 2,398MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 86.8%. 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-64Thread Read Speed 223MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 257MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 73 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,603 Read 2,822 3,172
1,897 Write 2,165 2,259
1,971 Mixed 2,398 2,630
548% 2,461 MB/s
Min Avg Max
31 4K Read 50.6 58.2
89.7 4K Write 138 176
33.9 4K Mixed 53.9 74.7
219% 80.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
47.9 DQ Read 223 521
113 DQ Write 257 503
30.5 DQ Mixed 105 243
117% 195 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
377GB free
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM !4KALIGNED
Read 3,055
Write 2,264
Mixed 2,302
564% 2,541 MB/s
4K Read 52.1
4K Write 186
4K Mixed 51.2
243% 96.6 MB/s
DQ Read 514
DQ Write 328
DQ Mixed 195
206% 345 MB/s
390GB free
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,944
Write 2,224
Mixed 2,445
564% 2,538 MB/s
4K Read 56.3
4K Write 161
4K Mixed 70.4
261% 96 MB/s
DQ Read 57.9
DQ Write 268
DQ Mixed 128
109% 151 MB/s
425GB free
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,901
Write 2,188
Mixed 2,416
556% 2,502 MB/s
4K Read 55.1
4K Write 143
4K Mixed 69.8
249% 89.4 MB/s
DQ Read 277
DQ Write 223
DQ Mixed 124
127% 208 MB/s
397GB free
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 3,126
Write 2,219
Mixed 2,460
578% 2,602 MB/s
4K Read 49.3
4K Write 94.5
4K Mixed 34.2
168% 59.3 MB/s
DQ Read 50.5
DQ Write 114
DQ Mixed 93.4
68% 86 MB/s
424GB free
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,875
Write 2,249
Mixed 2,372
556% 2,499 MB/s
4K Read 50.4
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 35.9
183% 66.7 MB/s
DQ Read 50.7
DQ Write 234
DQ Mixed 101
90% 129 MB/s
426GB free
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,734
Write 2,192
Mixed 2,415
545% 2,447 MB/s
4K Read 53.4
4K Write 140
4K Mixed 36.9
202% 76.7 MB/s
DQ Read 54.6
DQ Write 344
DQ Mixed 37
76% 145 MB/s
389GB free
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,752
Write 2,204
Mixed 2,411
547% 2,455 MB/s
4K Read 55.6
4K Write 148
4K Mixed 38.1
212% 80.7 MB/s
DQ Read 57.1
DQ Write 150
DQ Mixed 38.1
48% 81.7 MB/s
332GB free
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 1,279
Write 2,074
Mixed 2,252
423% 1,868 MB/s
4K Read 54.8
4K Write 133
4K Mixed 68.5
241% 85.4 MB/s
DQ Read 399
DQ Write 203
DQ Mixed 146
150% 249 MB/s
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Typical 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 174 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 133%
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Desktop
Desktop 148%
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Workstation
Workstation 142%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG CROSSHAIR VII HERO (WI-FI)

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 126% - Outstanding Total price: $1,369

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