Average Bench: 279% (26th of 1021)

Based on 44,743 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 178.9% 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 904MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,093MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 164%. 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 835MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 46.5MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 44,743 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,158 Read 2,093 2,622
609 Write 1,518 1,947
582 Mixed 835 1,008
450 SusWrite 1,321 1,927
321% 1,442 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34.7 4K Read 46.5 54.1
72.6 4K Write 139 189
44.6 4K Mixed 64.1 77.3
226% 83.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
607 DQ Read 1,098 1,316
283 DQ Write 916 1,334
322 DQ Mixed 904 1,134
705% 973 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
271GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1902 1923 1926 1866 1376 1462 MB/s
Read 2,649
Write 1,853
Mixed 946
SusWrite 1,743
400% 1,798 MB/s
4K Read 55.5
4K Write 186
4K Mixed 79.5
284% 107 MB/s
DQ Read 1,309
DQ Write 1,089
DQ Mixed 1,079
841% 1,159 MB/s
232GB free
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1828 1828 1822 1819 1822 1822 MB/s
Read 2,399
Write 1,975
Mixed 914
SusWrite 1,824
398% 1,778 MB/s
4K Read 53
4K Write 164
4K Mixed 74.9
263% 97.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,323
DQ Write 1,196
DQ Mixed 1,131
884% 1,217 MB/s
271GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1676 1688 1691 1681 1693 1365 MB/s
Read 2,495
Write 1,731
Mixed 937
SusWrite 1,632
378% 1,699 MB/s
4K Read 53.4
4K Write 196
4K Mixed 78.7
286% 109 MB/s
DQ Read 1,299
DQ Write 1,074
DQ Mixed 1,090
843% 1,154 MB/s
269GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1518 1419 1353 1293 1231 1184 MB/s
Read 2,151
Write 1,572
Mixed 799
SusWrite 1333
326% 1,464 MB/s
4K Read 50.2
4K Write 155
4K Mixed 63.8
240% 89.6 MB/s
DQ Read 1,187
DQ Write 1,015
DQ Mixed 1,045
798% 1,082 MB/s
408GB free
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 847 1122 1132 1154 1154 1153 MB/s
Read 1,467
Write 1,177
Mixed 792
SusWrite 1,094
254% 1,132 MB/s
4K Read 47.8
4K Write 102
4K Mixed 61.9
206% 70.7 MB/s
DQ Read 915
DQ Write 484
DQ Mixed 686
513% 695 MB/s
354GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 929 963 979 986 968 933 MB/s
Read 1932
Write 924
Mixed 691
SusWrite 960
249% 1,127 MB/s
4K Read 45.3
4K Write 48
4K Mixed 32.2
135% 41.8 MB/s
DQ Read 850
DQ Write 120
DQ Mixed 233
235% 401 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 13,265 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 117%
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Desktop
Desktop 133%
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Workstation
Workstation 111%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) - $315

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 55% - Above average Total price: $1,702

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2 years ago.


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

11 months ago.

Insanely fast.


Good

4 months ago.

great runs smooth


Excellent

2 years 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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