Average Bench: 272% (41st of 1058)

Based on 61,237 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 171.8% 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 2,078MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 183%. 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 803MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 134MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 61,237 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,118 Read 2,078 2,632
398 Write 1,401 1,942
486 Mixed 803 986
306 SusWrite 1,238 1,920
307% 1,380 MB/s
Min Avg Max
33.6 4K Read 49 54.1
64 4K Write 134 189
42.2 4K Mixed 63.4 76.7
226% 82.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
628 DQ Read 1,101 1,316
253 DQ Write 862 1,317
323 DQ Mixed 890 1,129
691% 951 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
402GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1427 1358 1319 1294 1300 1305 MB/s
Read 2,231
Write 1,486
Mixed 905
SusWrite 1,334
332% 1,489 MB/s
4K Read 52
4K Write 187
4K Mixed 73.8
272% 104 MB/s
DQ Read 1,261
DQ Write 941
DQ Mixed 1,004
777% 1,069 MB/s
126GB free
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1745 1746 1607 915 385 295 MB/s
Read 2,218
Write 1,682
Mixed 893
SusWrite 1,116
329% 1,477 MB/s
4K Read 51.7
4K Write 137
4K Mixed 70.1
241% 86.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,313
DQ Write 1225
DQ Mixed 1,199
919% 1,245 MB/s
292GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 739 861 774 691 654 617 MB/s
Read 2,466
Write 1784
Mixed 935
SusWrite 722
327% 1,477 MB/s
4K Read 54.7
4K Write 170
4K Mixed 75.8
270% 100 MB/s
DQ Read 1,288
DQ Write 1,022
DQ Mixed 1,030
805% 1,113 MB/s
387GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1080 1119 1097 1234 1218 1233 MB/s
Read 2,381
Write 1,784
Mixed 884
SusWrite 1,164
346% 1,553 MB/s
4K Read 47.1
4K Write 119
4K Mixed 58.2
209% 74.7 MB/s
DQ Read 848
DQ Write 689
DQ Mixed 761
572% 766 MB/s
384GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 902 1260 1340 1348 1350 1334 MB/s
Read 1,676
Write 1,420
Mixed 711
SusWrite 1,256
283% 1,266 MB/s
4K Read 35.1
4K Write 116
4K Mixed 49
178% 66.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1260
DQ Write 1,162
DQ Mixed 1,092
852% 1,171 MB/s
58GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 437 379 358 296 245 318 MB/s
Read 1,443
Write 510
Mixed 676
SusWrite 339
163% 742 MB/s
4K Read 43
4K Write 121
4K Mixed 58.6
204% 74.1 MB/s
DQ Read 1,103
DQ Write 588
DQ Mixed 782
598% 824 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 5,000 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 128%
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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: $1,836

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Good

3 years ago.


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

22 months ago.

Insanely fast.


Good

15 months ago.

great runs smooth


Excellent

6 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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