Average Bench: 266% (57th of 1080)

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 BenchSequentialRandom 4kDeep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
416GB free
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1683 1700 1581 1564 1582 1583 MB/s
Read 2,390
Write 1,982
Mixed 955
SusWrite 1,615
388% 1,736 MB/s
4K Read 52.5
4K Write 166
4K Mixed 74.7
263% 97.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,322
DQ Write 929
DQ Mixed 1,085
821% 1,112 MB/s
270GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1673 1589 1596 1540 1394 1244 MB/s
Read 2,353
Write 1784
Mixed 881
SusWrite 1,506
364% 1,631 MB/s
4K Read 49
4K Write 162
4K Mixed 69.8
250% 93.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,312
DQ Write 1306
DQ Mixed 1,119
893% 1,246 MB/s
476GB free
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1534 1626 1599 1621 1628 1627 MB/s
Read 2,296
Write 1,630
Mixed 934
SusWrite 1,606
361% 1,616 MB/s
4K Read 48.8
4K Write 107
4K Mixed 62
210% 72.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,328
DQ Write 1,262
DQ Mixed 1,196
925% 1,262 MB/s
158GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1846 1817 1739 1449 1447 1351 MB/s
Read 2516
Write 1,478
Mixed 822
SusWrite 1,608
357% 1,606 MB/s
4K Read 47.3
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 64.1
213% 74.4 MB/s
DQ Read 751
DQ Write 627
DQ Mixed 644
495% 674 MB/s
150GB free
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1536 1612 1584 1565 1558 1369 MB/s
Read 2,082
Write 1,594
Mixed 821
SusWrite 1,537
337% 1,508 MB/s
4K Read 40.2
4K Write 79.8
4K Mixed 51.5
169% 57.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,296
DQ Write 387
DQ Mixed 620
515% 768 MB/s
426GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1393 1456 1390 1436 1205 1219 MB/s
Read 1,918
Write 1,449
Mixed 787
SusWrite 1,350
307% 1376 MB/s
4K Read 36.5
4K Write 77.1
4K Mixed 47.4
157% 53.7 MB/s
DQ Read 732
DQ Write 750
DQ Mixed 713
544% 732 MB/s
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If you get this, you'll soon know why it's called "N.V. Me"


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Insanely fast.


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great runs smooth


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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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