Average Bench: 271% (38th of 1058)

Based on 73,521 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 171.1% 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. Sequential Read Speed 2,028MB/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 811MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 46MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 73,521 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,105 Read 2,028 2,555
438 Write 1,411 1,924
535 Mixed 811 979
341 SusWrite 1,272 1,934
308% 1,381 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34.2 4K Read 46 54.4
66.6 4K Write 136 199
41.8 4K Mixed 63.1 79
222% 81.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
610 DQ Read 1,103 1,317
240 DQ Write 864 1,337
330 DQ Mixed 890 1,146
691% 952 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
370GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1684 1686 1717 1714 1748 1723 MB/s
Read 2,264
Write 1,749
Mixed 831
SusWrite 1712
366% 1,639 MB/s
4K Read 51.5
4K Write 194
4K Mixed 74.8
277% 107 MB/s
DQ Read 1,292
DQ Write 1,270
DQ Mixed 1,114
882% 1,225 MB/s
284GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1436 1616 1479 1354 1262 1440 MB/s
Read 2,513
Write 1,720
Mixed 944
SusWrite 1,431
368% 1,652 MB/s
4K Read 56.2
4K Write 182
4K Mixed 78.9
283% 106 MB/s
DQ Read 1,307
DQ Write 844
DQ Mixed 970
752% 1,040 MB/s
275GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1568 1565 1552 1523 1524 1542 MB/s
Read 2,116
Write 1,670
Mixed 855
SusWrite 1,546
346% 1,547 MB/s
4K Read 44.7
4K Write 151
4K Mixed 63.2
228% 86.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,187
DQ Write 895
DQ Mixed 968
744% 1,017 MB/s
364GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1101 1491 1539 1533 1660 1685 MB/s
Read 2,152
Write 1,555
Mixed 774
SusWrite 1,502
334% 1,496 MB/s
4K Read 37
4K Write 137
4K Mixed 52
195% 75.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,291
DQ Write 1,024
DQ Mixed 1,053
816% 1,123 MB/s
259GB free
Firmware: 1B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1209 1213 1227 1219 1216 1210 MB/s
Read 1768
Write 1,228
Mixed 807
SusWrite 1,216
280% 1,255 MB/s
4K Read 23.2
4K Write 29.5
4K Mixed 25.8
84% 26.2 MB/s
DQ Read 574
DQ Write 520
DQ Mixed 556
415% 550 MB/s
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Workstation 114%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) - $320

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 55% - Above average Total price: $1,795

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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

2 years ago.

great runs smooth


Excellent

19 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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