Average Bench: 269% (40th of 1058)

Based on 66,915 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 169.3% 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.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 890MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 1,119MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 185%. 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 791MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 136MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 66,915 samples)
Min Avg Max
943 Read 2,002 2,632
421 Write 1,363 1,913
482 Mixed 791 985
327 SusWrite 1,242 1,929
301% 1,349 MB/s
Min Avg Max
33.6 4K Read 49.8 55.1
67 4K Write 136 193
41.1 4K Mixed 63.5 78
229% 83 MB/s
Min Avg Max
610 DQ Read 1,119 1,317
263 DQ Write 842 1,302
352 DQ Mixed 890 1,138
690% 950 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
201GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1318 1203 1095 1021 953 898 MB/s
Read 2,640
Write 1,494
Mixed 807
SusWrite 1,081
333% 1,505 MB/s
4K Read 50.2
4K Write 141
4K Mixed 68.3
238% 86.6 MB/s
DQ Read 1,186
DQ Write 887
DQ Mixed 941
729% 1,005 MB/s
72GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 685 627 613 580 547 527 MB/s
Read 2,532
Write 1,149
Mixed 733
SusWrite 596
275% 1,253 MB/s
4K Read 49.8
4K Write 158
4K Mixed 63.3
240% 90.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,224
DQ Write 920
DQ Mixed 960
748% 1,035 MB/s
314GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1155 1140 1139 1176 1179 1183 MB/s
Read 1,475
Write 1,170
Mixed 772
SusWrite 1,162
256% 1,145 MB/s
4K Read 49.7
4K Write 131
4K Mixed 67.2
231% 82.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,313
DQ Write 996
DQ Mixed 1,032
805% 1,114 MB/s
164GB free
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1181 1182 1183 1183 1177 1181 MB/s
Read 1,444
Write 1,176
Mixed 834
SusWrite 1,181
260% 1,159 MB/s
4K Read 45.9
4K Write 104
4K Mixed 60.8
203% 70.3 MB/s
DQ Read 941
DQ Write 725
DQ Mixed 791
603% 819 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 6,454 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 127%
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Desktop
Desktop 98%
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Workstation
Workstation 116%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) - $400

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 55% - Above average Total price: $1,889

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Good

4 years ago.


Excellent

4 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

Insanely fast.


Good

23 months ago.

great runs smooth


Excellent

14 months ago.

Super fast. In CristallDiskMark 4K read Q=1 62 Mb/s. My record here 389 scores (no cache, no raid etc.).


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