Average Bench: 266% (49th of 1071)

Based on 63,520 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 166.3% 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 881MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,013MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 194%. 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 799MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 132MB/s
ADVERTISEMENT

Average Bench

(Based on 63,520 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,035 Read 2,013 2,601
388 Write 1,359 1,921
507 Mixed 799 995
345 SusWrite 1,222 1,915
300% 1,348 MB/s
Min Avg Max
32.3 4K Read 46.7 55.5
47.1 4K Write 132 208
37.3 4K Mixed 62.3 80.1
220% 80.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
642 DQ Read 1,107 1,318
225 DQ Write 852 1,327
282 DQ Mixed 881 1,142
686% 947 MB/s
User Benchmarks BenchSequentialRandom 4kDeep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
317GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1605 1632 1769 1800 1798 1783 MB/s
Read 2,443
Write 1,737
Mixed 872
SusWrite 1,731
378% 1,696 MB/s
4K Read 57.2
4K Write 210
4K Mixed 82.7
304% 117 MB/s
DQ Read 998
DQ Write 1,316
DQ Mixed 915
758% 1,076 MB/s
388GB free
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1807 1850 1848 1851 1844 1853 MB/s
Read 2,208
Write 1,915
Mixed 945
SusWrite 1,842
387% 1,728 MB/s
4K Read 43.7
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 57.9
200% 71.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,313
DQ Write 1,360
DQ Mixed 1,158
920% 1,277 MB/s
389GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1765 1741 1757 1753 1723 1728 MB/s
Read 2,362
Write 1,836
Mixed 934
SusWrite 1,744
384% 1,719 MB/s
4K Read 43
4K Write 104
4K Mixed 57.5
194% 68.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,320
DQ Write 1,306
DQ Mixed 1,137
903% 1,254 MB/s
186GB free
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1299 1318 1321 1319 1320 1310 MB/s
Read 2,280
Write 1,290
Mixed 860
SusWrite 1,314
319% 1,436 MB/s
4K Read 48.9
4K Write 122
4K Mixed 64.5
221% 78.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,310
DQ Write 1,242
DQ Mixed 1,180
912% 1,244 MB/s
114GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 774 499 457 436 436 381 MB/s
Read 2,359
Write 1,263
Mixed 799
SusWrite 497
271% 1,230 MB/s
4K Read 43.8
4K Write 107
4K Mixed 59.5
199% 70 MB/s
DQ Read 1,032
DQ Write 740
DQ Mixed 872
655% 881 MB/s
134GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 637 347 274 279 289 275 MB/s
Read 2,515
Write 1,651
Mixed 874
SusWrite 350
297% 1,347 MB/s
4K Read 43.2
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 58.8
200% 71.4 MB/s
DQ Read 968
DQ Write 655
DQ Mixed 742
572% 788 MB/s
64GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 441 447 318 330 374 316 MB/s
Read 2,039
Write 625
Mixed 740
SusWrite 371
206% 944 MB/s
4K Read 41.3
4K Write 102
4K Mixed 56.5
189% 66.6 MB/s
DQ Read 915
DQ Write 678
DQ Mixed 800
597% 798 MB/s
63,520 MORE »

 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 75,162,505 SSDs tested

 Prices

If you buy via one of these links, our site may earn a commission

BHPhotoUS $1394 years
AmazonUS $16610 mins
EbayUS $20020 mins
Send price feedback
Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 3,935 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings
Gaming
Gaming 112%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 95%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 102%
UFO

Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) - $320

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 72% - Very good Total price: $1,283

Popular 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB compatible motherboards:

How Fast Is Your SSD? (Bench your build) Size up your PC in less than a minute

Welcome to our PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best value for money upgrades.

UserBenchmark of the month

How it works

  • - Download and run UserBenchmark
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations
  • - Drive tests include: read, write, sustained write and mixed IO
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency
  • - SkillBench (space shooter) tests user input accuracy
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC
  • - See speed test results from other users
  • - Compare your components to the current market leaders
  • - Explore your best upgrade options with a virtual PC build
  • - Compare your in-game FPS to other users with your hardware
Solid State Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) March 2024 SSD Rankings

Welcome to our 2.5" and M.2 SSD comparison. We calculate effective speed for both SATA and NVMe drives based on real world performance then adjust by current prices per GB to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top SSDs. [SSDrivePro]

ADVERTISEMENT

Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.

 Comments

Added n/a ago.

Good

6 years ago.


Excellent

6 years ago.

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


Excellent

4 years ago.

Insanely fast.


Good

4 years ago.

great runs smooth


Excellent

3 years ago.

Super fast. In CristallDiskMark 4K read Q=1 62 Mb/s. My record here 389 scores (no cache, no raid etc.).


Your
opinion?
1071 Drives (Compared) Thousands of user benchmarks compiled into one comparison list

See how consistently different SSDs perform with varying real world conditions. The charts also illustrate overall performance, popularity and rank.

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Best User Rated

The Best.
CPUGPUSSD
Intel Core i5-13600K $269Nvidia RTX 4060 $295Crucial MX500 250GB $31
Intel Core i5-12400F $146Nvidia RTX 4060-Ti $373Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $80
Intel Core i5-12600K $179Nvidia RTX 4070 $530Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $52
HDDRAMUSB
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $39Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $45SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $35Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $45SanDisk Extreme 32GB $28
Seagate Barracuda 2TB (2016) $64G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $346SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB $16
If you make a purchase via one of these links, our site may earn a commission
Today's hottest deals
About  •  User Guide  •  FAQs  •  Email  •  Privacy  •  Developer  •  YouTube Feedback