Average Bench: 290% (13th of 980)

Based on 27,708 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 190.2% 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 2,158MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 159%. 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 838MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 49.1MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 27,708 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,250 Read 2,158 2,646
719 Write 1,559 1,925
590 Mixed 838 997
538 SusWrite 1,402 1,863
332% 1,489 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34.7 4K Read 49.1 55.6
92.9 4K Write 146 207
47.5 4K Mixed 66.7 79.5
237% 87.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
539 DQ Read 1,088 1,317
377 DQ Write 943 1,350
399 DQ Mixed 920 1,142
716% 984 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
222GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1783 1787 1785 1815 1829 1812 MB/s
Read 2,624
Write 1,868
Mixed 984
SusWrite 1,802
406% 1,820 MB/s
4K Read 57
4K Write 223
4K Mixed 83.7
312% 121 MB/s
DQ Read 1,313
DQ Write 1,353
DQ Mixed 1,145
913% 1,270 MB/s
392GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1803 1788 1789 1830 1834 1766 MB/s
Read 2,677
Write 1,824
Mixed 984
SusWrite 1,802
406% 1,822 MB/s
4K Read 51.7
4K Write 123
4K Mixed 70.3
234% 81.7 MB/s
DQ Read 580
DQ Write 480
DQ Mixed 524
394% 528 MB/s
126GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1475 1371 1307 1227 1163 1080 MB/s
Read 2,228
Write 1,496
Mixed 825
SusWrite 1,271
324% 1,455 MB/s
4K Read 44.6
4K Write 225
4K Mixed 75.7
284% 115 MB/s
DQ Read 1,309
DQ Write 1,227
DQ Mixed 1,102
873% 1,213 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 7,746 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 130%
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Desktop
Desktop 145%
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Workstation
Workstation 127%
UFO

Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) - $420

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 117% - Outstanding Total price: $1,915

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Excellent

17 months ago.

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


Excellent

14 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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