Average Bench: 292% (12th of 980)

Based on 28,712 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 192.3% 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 919MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,183MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 165%. 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 847MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 49.2MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 28,712 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,266 Read 2,183 2,664
743 Write 1,589 1,931
636 Mixed 847 996
579 SusWrite 1,416 1,897
336% 1,509 MB/s
Min Avg Max
35.2 4K Read 49.2 55.7
92.8 4K Write 147 208
47.6 4K Mixed 67 79.7
238% 87.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
514 DQ Read 1,079 1,317
379 DQ Write 947 1,353
365 DQ Mixed 919 1,143
715% 982 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
405GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1567 1591 1566 1594 1613 1630 MB/s
Read 2,342
Write 1,801
Mixed 840
SusWrite 1,593
367% 1,644 MB/s
4K Read 50.3
4K Write 147
4K Mixed 70.9
245% 89.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,308
DQ Write 1,114
DQ Mixed 1,131
869% 1,184 MB/s
260GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1665 1632 1616 1524 1426 1382 MB/s
Read 2,201
Write 1631
Mixed 788
SusWrite 1541
344% 1,540 MB/s
4K Read 46.8
4K Write 121
4K Mixed 63.1
216% 77 MB/s
DQ Read 1,113
DQ Write 843
DQ Mixed 883
686% 946 MB/s
430GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1651 1699 1742 1784 1794 1775 MB/s
Read 2,151
Write 1754
Mixed 883
SusWrite 1,741
365% 1,632 MB/s
4K Read 43.1
4K Write 107
4K Mixed 55.9
193% 68.5 MB/s
DQ Read 868
DQ Write 788
DQ Mixed 823
619% 827 MB/s
368GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1266 1209 1245 1261 1224 1315 MB/s
Read 1,932
Write 1,153
Mixed 840
SusWrite 1,253
288% 1,294 MB/s
4K Read 40.6
4K Write 138
4K Mixed 64
216% 80.8 MB/s
DQ Read 866
DQ Write 745
DQ Mixed 788
596% 800 MB/s
230GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1377 1274 1226 1242 1208 1166 MB/s
Read 2,130
Write 1,760
Mixed 810
SusWrite 1,249
332% 1,487 MB/s
4K Read 38
4K Write 87.1
4K Mixed 50.7
169% 58.6 MB/s
DQ Read 1,051
DQ Write 827
DQ Mixed 889
679% 922 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 7,760 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 130%
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Desktop
Desktop 146%
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Workstation
Workstation 127%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) - $420

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 124% - Outstanding Total price: $1,805

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Excellent

17 months ago.

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


Excellent

14 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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