Average Bench: 285% (19th of 1000)

Based on 35,527 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 184.6% 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 910MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,122MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 167%. 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 833MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 48.2MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 35,527 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,179 Read 2,122 2,645
569 Write 1,516 1,925
599 Mixed 833 1,005
522 SusWrite 1,362 1,905
325% 1,458 MB/s
Min Avg Max
37.1 4K Read 48.2 55
94.1 4K Write 147 208
50.9 4K Mixed 65.9 78.7
235% 87 MB/s
Min Avg Max
571 DQ Read 1,059 1,314
435 DQ Write 930 1,348
462 DQ Mixed 910 1,135
705% 967 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
206GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1929 1921 1886 1725 1444 1437 MB/s
Read 2,596
Write 1,882
Mixed 996
SusWrite 1,724
401% 1,799 MB/s
4K Read 56.7
4K Write 226
4K Mixed 84.2
314% 122 MB/s
DQ Read 1,286
DQ Write 1373
DQ Mixed 1,137
909% 1,266 MB/s
411GB free
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1916 1917 1921 1921 1923 1912 MB/s
Read 2282
Write 1,895
Mixed 900
SusWrite 1,918
392% 1,749 MB/s
4K Read 47.5
4K Write 136
4K Mixed 67.1
230% 83.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,306
DQ Write 1,234
DQ Mixed 1125
884% 1,222 MB/s
321GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1685 1669 1641 1634 1640 1633 MB/s
Read 2,620
Write 1,636
Mixed 985
SusWrite 1,650
383% 1,723 MB/s
4K Read 52.7
4K Write 174
4K Mixed 76.3
270% 101 MB/s
DQ Read 1,130
DQ Write 979
DQ Mixed 980
755% 1,029 MB/s
177GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1371 1334 1300 1255 1211 1178 MB/s
Read 2,385
Write 1805
Mixed 897
SusWrite 1,275
354% 1,590 MB/s
4K Read 49.8
4K Write 142
4K Mixed 69.7
240% 87.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,308
DQ Write 1,121
DQ Mixed 1098
855% 1,176 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 9,231 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 132%
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Desktop
Desktop 144%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 126%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) - $470

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 122% - Outstanding Total price: $1,893

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 Comments

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Terrible

5 days ago.

it overheats


Good

18 months ago.


Excellent

21 months ago.

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


Excellent

18 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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