Average Bench: 283% (16th of 992)

Based on 32,792 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 183.3% 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 880MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,094MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 173%. 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 832MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 46.6MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 32,792 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,107 Read 2,094 2,638
641 Write 1,544 1,944
598 Mixed 832 984
448 SusWrite 1,391 1,920
327% 1,465 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34.1 4K Read 46.6 54.6
82 4K Write 144 207
45 4K Mixed 64.9 79
230% 85.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
360 DQ Read 1,045 1,317
255 DQ Write 919 1,345
246 DQ Mixed 880 1,140
688% 948 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
253GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1701 1551 1403 1307 1291 1167 MB/s
Read 2,397
Write 1,706
Mixed 869
SusWrite 1,403
355% 1,594 MB/s
4K Read 56.6
4K Write 254
4K Mixed 85
329% 132 MB/s
DQ Read 1,321
DQ Write 1,353
DQ Mixed 41.3
388% 905 MB/s
431GB free
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2078 2081 2082 2082 2078 2060 MB/s
Read 2,322
Write 1,978
Mixed 1,030
SusWrite 2,077
415% 1,852 MB/s
4K Read 49.8
4K Write 145
4K Mixed 68.3
240% 87.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,110
DQ Write 1,022
DQ Mixed 1,010
773% 1,047 MB/s
305GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1741 1808 1835 1810 1792 1765 MB/s
Read 2,379
Write 1,925
Mixed 880
SusWrite 1,792
390% 1,744 MB/s
4K Read 40.6
4K Write 126
4K Mixed 65.1
212% 77.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,002
DQ Write 849
DQ Mixed 879
671% 910 MB/s
110GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1150 1171 1172 1176 1109 837 MB/s
Read 1,389
Write 1172
Mixed 798
SusWrite 1,102
250% 1,115 MB/s
4K Read 48.4
4K Write 134
4K Mixed 67.3
231% 83.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,175
DQ Write 1,028
DQ Mixed 1,022
788% 1,075 MB/s
197GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1141 1212 1138 1226 1222 1276 MB/s
Read 1,398
Write 1,088
Mixed 615
SusWrite 1,202
241% 1,076 MB/s
4K Read 45.5
4K Write 104
4K Mixed 57.8
198% 69.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,254
DQ Write 911
DQ Mixed 973
757% 1046 MB/s
137GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1152 889 969 959 896 921 MB/s
Read 1,885
Write 1569
Mixed 777
SusWrite 964
290% 1,299 MB/s
4K Read 37.1
4K Write 121
4K Mixed 49.7
184% 69.3 MB/s
DQ Read 973
DQ Write 611
DQ Mixed 746
568% 777 MB/s
45GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 542 340 242 254 222 216 MB/s
Read 1,748
Write 727
Mixed 599
SusWrite 303
185% 844 MB/s
4K Read 41.7
4K Write 89.9
4K Mixed 51.5
177% 61 MB/s
DQ Read 869
DQ Write 588
DQ Mixed 707
533% 722 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 8,594 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 132%
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Desktop
Desktop 144%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 126%
UFO

Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) - $296

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 119% - Outstanding Total price: $1,753

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Excellent

19 months ago.

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


Excellent

16 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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