Average Bench: 284% (24th of 1012)

Based on 41,310 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 184.0% 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 920MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,134MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 179%. 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 828MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 48.3MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 41,310 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,206 Read 2,134 2,655
513 Write 1,494 1,950
536 Mixed 828 1,031
393 SusWrite 1,355 1,940
324% 1,453 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34.8 4K Read 48.3 54.8
85.6 4K Write 142 196
47.1 4K Mixed 64.9 78.1
232% 85.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
421 DQ Read 1,085 1,316
327 DQ Write 941 1,341
390 DQ Mixed 920 1,140
715% 982 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: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1882 1940 1964 1968 1960 1942 MB/s
Read 2,372
Write 1,860
Mixed 935
SusWrite 1,943
398% 1,777 MB/s
4K Read 50.1
4K Write 159
4K Mixed 70.9
251% 93.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,250
DQ Write 1,102
DQ Mixed 983
790% 1,112 MB/s
398GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1030 1737 1733 1873 1884 1864 MB/s
Read 2657
Write 1,908
Mixed 995
SusWrite 1,687
404% 1,812 MB/s
4K Read 52
4K Write 140
4K Mixed 70
243% 87.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,264
DQ Write 1,244
DQ Mixed 1,121
879% 1,210 MB/s
156GB free
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1426 1446 1459 1460 1465 1466 MB/s
Read 2,200
Write 1,474
Mixed 938
SusWrite 1,454
338% 1,516 MB/s
4K Read 48.4
4K Write 147
4K Mixed 68.2
238% 87.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,310
DQ Write 1237
DQ Mixed 1,147
896% 1,231 MB/s
221GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1805 1755 1836 1728 1457 1659 MB/s
Read 2,330
Write 1,692
Mixed 957
SusWrite 1,707
373% 1,672 MB/s
4K Read 45.6
4K Write 117
4K Mixed 63.6
212% 75.3 MB/s
DQ Read 742
DQ Write 393
DQ Mixed 534
406% 556 MB/s
279GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1519 1532 1467 1241 1299 1191 MB/s
Read 2,433
Write 1,853
Mixed 896
SusWrite 1,375
365% 1,639 MB/s
4K Read 49.1
4K Write 155
4K Mixed 68.2
244% 90.7 MB/s
DQ Read 48.4
DQ Write 139
DQ Mixed 68
59% 85.2 MB/s
64GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 661 470 394 418 384 360 MB/s
Read 2,190
Write 862
Mixed 790
SusWrite 448
235% 1,073 MB/s
4K Read 46
4K Write 110
4K Mixed 60.5
205% 72.1 MB/s
DQ Read 911
DQ Write 569
DQ Mixed 736
549% 738 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 11,452 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 118%
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Desktop
Desktop 131%
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Workstation
Workstation 103%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) - $260

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 55% - Above average Total price: $1,652

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Good

2 years ago.


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

5 months ago.

Insanely fast.


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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