Average Bench: 283% (24th of 1011)

Based on 37,198 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 182.6% 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 892MB/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 176%. 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 830MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 48.5MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 37,198 samples)
Min Avg Max
960 Read 2,093 2,651
569 Write 1,503 1,935
559 Mixed 830 1,017
475 SusWrite 1,359 1,908
322% 1,446 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34.4 4K Read 48.5 55
72.6 4K Write 145 198
44.7 4K Mixed 65 79.4
233% 86 MB/s
Min Avg Max
328 DQ Read 1,063 1,316
238 DQ Write 936 1,354
130 DQ Mixed 892 1,136
698% 964 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
359GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1494 1854 1852 1854 1870 1833 MB/s
Read 2,441
Write 1,929
Mixed 940
SusWrite 1,793
397% 1,776 MB/s
4K Read 54.2
4K Write 188
4K Mixed 77.7
281% 106 MB/s
DQ Read 1,327
DQ Write 1,332
DQ Mixed 1,133
905% 1,264 MB/s
192GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1749 1785 1741 1703 1600 1509 MB/s
Read 2286
Write 1,876
Mixed 928
SusWrite 1,681
378% 1,693 MB/s
4K Read 55.5
4K Write 196
4K Mixed 79.2
290% 110 MB/s
DQ Read 1,304
DQ Write 1,304
DQ Mixed 1133
898% 1,247 MB/s
197GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1741 1831 1813 1848 1828 1752 MB/s
Read 2,291
Write 1,824
Mixed 878
SusWrite 1,802
380% 1,699 MB/s
4K Read 50.2
4K Write 152
4K Mixed 71.6
249% 91.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,320
DQ Write 1,056
DQ Mixed 1,073
834% 1,150 MB/s
299GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1598 1614 1634 1654 1653 1650 MB/s
Read 2,583
Write 1,636
Mixed 1,060
SusWrite 1634
385% 1,728 MB/s
4K Read 51.1
4K Write 158
4K Mixed 70.6
251% 93.1 MB/s
DQ Read 940
DQ Write 831
DQ Mixed 851
648% 874 MB/s
163GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1505 1798 1793 1668 1343 1039 MB/s
Read 1,900
Write 1,642
Mixed 777
SusWrite 1,524
327% 1,461 MB/s
4K Read 52
4K Write 161
4K Mixed 73.2
258% 95.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,313
DQ Write 1,170
DQ Mixed 1,109
868% 1,197 MB/s
222GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1259 1892 1880 1897 1632 1577 MB/s
Read 2,332
Write 1,879
Mixed 932
SusWrite 1,690
382% 1,708 MB/s
4K Read 46.4
4K Write 116
4K Mixed 62.5
212% 74.8 MB/s
DQ Read 862
DQ Write 719
DQ Mixed 800
597% 794 MB/s
376GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1741 1514 1458 1604 1464 1544 MB/s
Read 1,084
Write 1,510
Mixed 730
SusWrite 1554
276% 1,220 MB/s
4K Read 47.4
4K Write 132
4K Mixed 53.7
211% 77.7 MB/s
DQ Read 39.5
DQ Write 190
DQ Mixed 76.9
70% 102 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 10,882 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 114%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 132%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 103%
UFO

Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) - $410

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 58% - Above average Total price: $1,684

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23 months ago.


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

4 months ago.

Insanely fast.


Excellent

23 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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