Average Bench: 282% (25th of 1016)

Based on 42,973 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 182.5% 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 898MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,115MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 186%. 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 838MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 47MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 42,973 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,024 Read 2,115 2,667
501 Write 1,509 1,952
532 Mixed 838 1,020
411 SusWrite 1,362 1947
325% 1,456 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34.7 4K Read 47 54.6
74.1 4K Write 142 200
46.6 4K Mixed 65.3 79.3
230% 84.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
394 DQ Read 1,061 1,317
272 DQ Write 920 1,350
285 DQ Mixed 898 1,141
698% 960 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
325GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1748 1758 1721 1668 1656 1669 MB/s
Read 2,521
Write 1,854
Mixed 855
SusWrite 1,703
386% 1,733 MB/s
4K Read 52.9
4K Write 187
4K Mixed 74.2
274% 105 MB/s
DQ Read 1,303
DQ Write 1,278
DQ Mixed 1,108
883% 1,230 MB/s
336GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1874 1874 1924 1889 1378 1285 MB/s
Read 2,621
Write 1,813
Mixed 968
SusWrite 1,704
396% 1,777 MB/s
4K Read 53
4K Write 165
4K Mixed 74.2
263% 97.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,046
DQ Write 925
DQ Mixed 932
714% 968 MB/s
358GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1633 1626 1645 1711 1712 1700 MB/s
Read 2,703
Write 1,736
Mixed 1,101
SusWrite 1671
401% 1,803 MB/s
4K Read 53.8
4K Write 174
4K Mixed 77.2
272% 102 MB/s
DQ Read 908
DQ Write 740
DQ Mixed 803
607% 817 MB/s
477GB free
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1131 1133 1124 1185 1227 1229 MB/s
Read 1,462
Write 1,176
Mixed 822
SusWrite 1,172
260% 1,158 MB/s
4K Read 50.6
4K Write 147
4K Mixed 70.7
245% 89.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,310
DQ Write 1,141
DQ Mixed 1,156
886% 1,202 MB/s
328GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1305 1372 1316 1309 1138 992 MB/s
Read 2,266
Write 1,819
Mixed 770
SusWrite 1,239
339% 1,523 MB/s
4K Read 42.8
4K Write 108
4K Mixed 55.4
193% 68.7 MB/s
DQ Read 793
DQ Write 352
DQ Mixed 494
387% 546 MB/s
274GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 967 1005 1052 1092 1089 1095 MB/s
Read 1,156
Write 1,106
Mixed 735
SusWrite 1,050
228% 1,012 MB/s
4K Read 39.5
4K Write 87.8
4K Mixed 15
126% 47.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,250
DQ Write 923
DQ Mixed 953
748% 1,042 MB/s
210GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 436 467 335 382 297 336 MB/s
Read 640
Write 208
Mixed 363
SusWrite 376
88% 397 MB/s
4K Read 19.5
4K Write 25.8
4K Mixed 16
64% 20.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1265
DQ Write 799
DQ Mixed 903
708% 989 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 11,836 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 117%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 132%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 103%
UFO

Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) - $260

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 54% - Above average Total price: $1,657

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Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

7 months ago.

Insanely fast.


Good

20 days ago.

great runs smooth


Excellent

2 years 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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