Average Bench: 279% (30th of 1040)

Based on 53,351 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 178.8% 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 925MB/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 179%. 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 815MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 137MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 53,351 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,159 Read 2,094 2,644
424 Write 1,444 1,935
515 Mixed 815 990
321 SusWrite 1,294 1,939
314% 1,411 MB/s
Min Avg Max
33 4K Read 49.3 54.5
60.9 4K Write 137 194
40.3 4K Mixed 64.1 77.7
229% 83.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
645 DQ Read 1,142 1,318
290 DQ Write 924 1,326
347 DQ Mixed 925 1,138
722% 997 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
287GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2027 1955 1956 1846 1845 1820 MB/s
Read 2,134
Write 1,904
Mixed 853
SusWrite 1,908
381% 1,700 MB/s
4K Read 42.2
4K Write 160
4K Mixed 58.3
223% 86.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,103
DQ Write 907
DQ Mixed 983
742% 997 MB/s
366GB free
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1800 1882 1859 1785 1813 1843 MB/s
Read 1,961
Write 1,700
Mixed 747
SusWrite 1,830
350% 1,559 MB/s
4K Read 41.5
4K Write 132
4K Mixed 61.3
211% 78.1 MB/s
DQ Read 1,309
DQ Write 968
DQ Mixed 429
513% 902 MB/s
477GB free
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1391 1415 1420 1429 1432 1447 MB/s
Read 2,077
Write 1,314
Mixed 868
SusWrite 1,422
317% 1,421 MB/s
4K Read 43.9
4K Write 132
4K Mixed 63.5
218% 79.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1296
DQ Write 1,309
DQ Mixed 1,148
906% 1,251 MB/s
99GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 724 647 609 572 541 521 MB/s
Read 1884
Write 835
Mixed 708
SusWrite 602
222% 1,007 MB/s
4K Read 39.5
4K Write 129
4K Mixed 54.3
198% 74.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,065
DQ Write 858
DQ Mixed 901
691% 942 MB/s
55GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 544 507 496 481 457 353 MB/s
Read 2,130
Write 919
Mixed 692
SusWrite 473
231% 1,054 MB/s
4K Read 41.2
4K Write 103
4K Mixed 56.3
189% 66.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,167
DQ Write 697
DQ Mixed 820
641% 895 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 4,316 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 129%
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Desktop 99%
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Workstation 118%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) - $260

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 57% - Above average Total price: $1,705

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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

19 months ago.

Insanely fast.


Good

12 months ago.

great runs smooth


Excellent

3 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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