Average Bench: 287% (17th of 1003)

Based on 38,889 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 187.1% 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 891MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,171MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 162%. 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 48.9MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 38,889 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,265 Read 2,171 2,645
532 Write 1,550 1,934
609 Mixed 838 1,008
397 SusWrite 1,379 1,900
331% 1,485 MB/s
Min Avg Max
37.1 4K Read 48.9 54.5
89.6 4K Write 145 202
49.1 4K Mixed 65.6 78.5
235% 86.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
511 DQ Read 1,058 1,317
344 DQ Write 921 1,343
331 DQ Mixed 891 1,141
695% 957 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
423GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1833 1939 1952 1941 1955 1922 MB/s
Read 2,429
Write 1,877
Mixed 972
SusWrite 1,924
403% 1,800 MB/s
4K Read 53.1
4K Write 166
4K Mixed 75.6
265% 98.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,313
DQ Write 1,067
DQ Mixed 983
792% 1,121 MB/s
423GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1787 1934 1938 1906 1931 1869 MB/s
Read 2,316
Write 1,860
Mixed 942
SusWrite 1,894
392% 1,753 MB/s
4K Read 46.5
4K Write 165
4K Mixed 61.8
237% 91.1 MB/s
DQ Read 1,284
DQ Write 1,050
DQ Mixed 692
648% 1,009 MB/s
245GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1610 1410 1478 1459 1388 1477 MB/s
Read 2,175
Write 1,469
Mixed 846
SusWrite 1,470
332% 1,490 MB/s
4K Read 38.2
4K Write 151
4K Mixed 58
212% 82.5 MB/s
DQ Read 793
DQ Write 696
DQ Mixed 726
549% 738 MB/s
175GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1080 1003 971 942 927 910 MB/s
Read 2,345
Write 1509
Mixed 922
SusWrite 972
319% 1,437 MB/s
4K Read 43.3
4K Write 97.7
4K Mixed 57.1
190% 66 MB/s
DQ Read 610
DQ Write 473
DQ Mixed 236
259% 440 MB/s
202GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 600 371 368 372 372 370 MB/s
Read 752
Write 628
Mixed 527
SusWrite 409
130% 579 MB/s
4K Read 50
4K Write 129
4K Mixed 67.4
230% 82.1 MB/s
DQ Read 769
DQ Write 634
DQ Mixed 890
615% 764 MB/s
201GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 497 337 348 367 368 364 MB/s
Read 691
Write 592
Mixed 513
SusWrite 380
122% 544 MB/s
4K Read 50.2
4K Write 111
4K Mixed 64.3
217% 75.1 MB/s
DQ Read 780
DQ Write 644
DQ Mixed 921
633% 782 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 9,833 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 130%
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Desktop
Desktop 144%
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Workstation
Workstation 126%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) - $470

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 123% - Outstanding Total price: $1,865

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Good

19 months ago.


Excellent

23 months ago.

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


Excellent

30 days ago.

Insanely fast.


Excellent

20 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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