Average Bench: 269% (41st of 1058)

Based on 67,679 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 169.1% 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 857MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,080MB/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 812MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 132MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 67,679 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,167 Read 2,080 2618
402 Write 1,398 1,920
521 Mixed 812 983
330 SusWrite 1,227 1,884
307% 1,379 MB/s
Min Avg Max
33.8 4K Read 47.4 54.1
55.7 4K Write 132 188
42 4K Mixed 62.9 77.3
222% 80.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
625 DQ Read 1,091 1,316
137 DQ Write 821 1,270
254 DQ Mixed 857 1,132
668% 923 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
212GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1443 1404 1174 1197 1226 1151 MB/s
Read 2,651
Write 1,772
Mixed 949
SusWrite 1,266
368% 1,659 MB/s
4K Read 53.9
4K Write 188
4K Mixed 75.2
277% 106 MB/s
DQ Read 1,251
DQ Write 1,019
DQ Mixed 1,035
802% 1,102 MB/s
477GB free
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1253 1254 1252 1254 1271 1294 MB/s
Read 2,472
Write 1,407
Mixed 1,028
SusWrite 1263
342% 1,543 MB/s
4K Read 52.2
4K Write 165
4K Mixed 73.9
261% 97.1 MB/s
DQ Read 1,318
DQ Write 1,315
DQ Mixed 1,139
905% 1,258 MB/s
188GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1871 1858 1894 1777 1087 1006 MB/s
Read 2,350
Write 1,875
Mixed 911
SusWrite 1,582
375% 1,680 MB/s
4K Read 45.5
4K Write 113
4K Mixed 61.4
207% 73.2 MB/s
DQ Read 965
DQ Write 951
DQ Mixed 852
669% 923 MB/s
266GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1557 1506 1475 1362 1311 1261 MB/s
Read 2,306
Write 1,569
Mixed 788
SusWrite 1412
338% 1,519 MB/s
4K Read 44
4K Write 117
4K Mixed 58
203% 73 MB/s
DQ Read 1,316
DQ Write 1,024
DQ Mixed 1,079
832% 1,140 MB/s
135GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1652 1682 1675 1660 1657 1569 MB/s
Read 2,252
Write 1,693
Mixed 859
SusWrite 1649
360% 1,613 MB/s
4K Read 44.8
4K Write 83.7
4K Mixed 53.9
181% 60.8 MB/s
DQ Read 401
DQ Write 545
DQ Mixed 412
328% 452 MB/s
200GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1064 951 854 836 798 802 MB/s
Read 1,837
Write 1,136
Mixed 657
SusWrite 884
250% 1,129 MB/s
4K Read 38.4
4K Write 111
4K Mixed 53
185% 67.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,292
DQ Write 1,128
DQ Mixed 1,085
848% 1,169 MB/s
80GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 444 388 377 375 369 364 MB/s
Read 1,663
Write 419
Mixed 591
SusWrite 386
167% 765 MB/s
4K Read 42.1
4K Write 117
4K Mixed 58.9
201% 72.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,018
DQ Write 570
DQ Mixed 754
572% 781 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 5,370 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 126%
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Desktop
Desktop 98%
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Workstation
Workstation 114%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) - $400

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 45% - Average Total price: $1,852

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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

2 years ago.

Insanely fast.


Good

17 months ago.

great runs smooth


Excellent

8 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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