Average Bench: 288% (22nd of 1011)

Based on 35,767 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 187.5% 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 931MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,139MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 176%. 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 837MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 47.3MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 35,767 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,107 Read 2,139 2,656
559 Write 1,530 1,962
589 Mixed 837 1,013
421 SusWrite 1,374 1,930
328% 1,470 MB/s
Min Avg Max
35 4K Read 47.3 55.2
88.7 4K Write 148 207
48 4K Mixed 66.1 79.8
235% 87.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
511 DQ Read 1,090 1,318
378 DQ Write 972 1,349
453 DQ Mixed 931 1,133
726% 998 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
164GB free
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2026 2043 2036 1989 1995 1981 MB/s
Read 2,478
Write 1,982
Mixed 953
SusWrite 2,012
415% 1,856 MB/s
4K Read 53.2
4K Write 173
4K Mixed 75.8
269% 101 MB/s
DQ Read 1,313
DQ Write 1,308
DQ Mixed 1,121
894% 1,247 MB/s
186GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1975 1924 1938 1860 1778 1775 MB/s
Read 2,516
Write 1,961
Mixed 1,029
SusWrite 1875
412% 1,845 MB/s
4K Read 52
4K Write 175
4K Mixed 74.7
267% 101 MB/s
DQ Read 1,140
DQ Write 1,077
DQ Mixed 1,009
785% 1,076 MB/s
362GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1914 1954 1947 1972 1969 1184 MB/s
Read 2,616
Write 1,847
Mixed 1010
SusWrite 1,823
407% 1,824 MB/s
4K Read 52.4
4K Write 164
4K Mixed 74.2
261% 96.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1041
DQ Write 934
DQ Mixed 928
712% 968 MB/s
260GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1566 1592 1603 1588 1595 1592 MB/s
Read 2,457
Write 1,571
Mixed 871
SusWrite 1,589
361% 1,622 MB/s
4K Read 53.8
4K Write 173
4K Mixed 77.4
272% 101 MB/s
DQ Read 1,303
DQ Write 1,268
DQ Mixed 1,124
888% 1,232 MB/s
157GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1398 1392 1288 1352 1050 748 MB/s
Read 2,301
Write 1402
Mixed 842
SusWrite 1,204
319% 1,437 MB/s
4K Read 50
4K Write 129
4K Mixed 66.5
229% 81.9 MB/s
DQ Read 992
DQ Write 811
DQ Mixed 861
656% 888 MB/s
182GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1496 1459 1493 1482 1388 1279 MB/s
Read 1,156
Write 1,458
Mixed 731
SusWrite 1,433
270% 1,194 MB/s
4K Read 49.5
4K Write 144
4K Mixed 67.2
237% 86.8 MB/s
DQ Read 894
DQ Write 795
DQ Mixed 816
620% 835 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 10,277 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 115%
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Desktop
Desktop 133%
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Workstation
Workstation 103%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) - $410

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 55% - Above average Total price: $1,743

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21 months ago.


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 months ago.

Insanely fast.


Excellent

21 months 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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