Average Bench: 266% (40th of 1059)

Based on 63,520 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 166.3% 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 881MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,013MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 194%. 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 799MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 132MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 63,520 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,035 Read 2,013 2,601
388 Write 1,359 1,921
507 Mixed 799 995
345 SusWrite 1,222 1,915
300% 1,348 MB/s
Min Avg Max
32.3 4K Read 46.7 55.5
47.1 4K Write 132 208
37.3 4K Mixed 62.3 80.1
220% 80.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
642 DQ Read 1,107 1,318
225 DQ Write 852 1,327
282 DQ Mixed 881 1,142
686% 947 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
115GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1767 1546 1246 965 787 692 MB/s
Read 2,393
Write 1,845
Mixed 948
SusWrite 1,167
354% 1,588 MB/s
4K Read 50.7
4K Write 166
4K Mixed 74.5
260% 96.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,293
DQ Write 1,083
DQ Mixed 1071
834% 1149 MB/s
315GB free
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1697 1648 1699 1705 1671 1653 MB/s
Read 2,068
Write 1,653
Mixed 861
SusWrite 1,679
350% 1565 MB/s
4K Read 42.9
4K Write 104
4K Mixed 58.3
195% 68.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,098
DQ Write 789
DQ Mixed 910
689% 932 MB/s
193GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1362 1273 1010 939 900 867 MB/s
Read 2,322
Write 1,539
Mixed 856
SusWrite 1,059
320% 1,444 MB/s
4K Read 45.4
4K Write 110
4K Mixed 56.3
199% 70.6 MB/s
DQ Read 855
DQ Write 554
DQ Mixed 666
507% 692 MB/s
309GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1476 1524 1606 1608 1699 1722 MB/s
Read 1,238
Write 398
Mixed 597
SusWrite 1,606
215% 960 MB/s
4K Read 36.4
4K Write 86.7
4K Mixed 47.7
162% 56.9 MB/s
DQ Read 783
DQ Write 571
DQ Mixed 685
510% 680 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 2,223 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 125%
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Desktop
Desktop 97%
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Workstation
Workstation 115%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) - $320

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 63% - Good Total price: $1,585

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Good

4 years ago.


Excellent

5 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

Insanely fast.


Good

2 years ago.

great runs smooth


Excellent

2 years 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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