Average Bench: 284% (26th of 1037)

Based on 49,305 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 183.6% 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 939MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,139MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 174%. 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 823MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 141MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 49,305 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,245 Read 2,139 2,644
463 Write 1,490 1,932
560 Mixed 823 989
410 SusWrite 1,317 1,922
321% 1,442 MB/s
Min Avg Max
35.3 4K Read 49.6 54.4
87.6 4K Write 141 195
47.4 4K Mixed 65.1 78.4
233% 85.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
701 DQ Read 1,130 1,318
407 DQ Write 942 1,345
544 DQ Mixed 939 1,139
730% 1,004 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
362GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1630 1506 1760 1765 1728 1674 MB/s
Read 2459
Write 1,914
Mixed 958
SusWrite 1,677
391% 1,752 MB/s
4K Read 46.9
4K Write 120
4K Mixed 63.8
216% 77 MB/s
DQ Read 1,263
DQ Write 1166
DQ Mixed 1,107
860% 1,179 MB/s
194GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1684 1708 1791 1832 1756 1187 MB/s
Read 2,196
Write 1,834
Mixed 888
SusWrite 1,660
368% 1,644 MB/s
4K Read 46.1
4K Write 136
4K Mixed 66.7
227% 82.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,158
DQ Write 1,056
DQ Mixed 1,008
784% 1,074 MB/s
136GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1738 1744 1594 547 533 527 MB/s
Read 2,388
Write 1,846
Mixed 942
SusWrite 1,114
350% 1,572 MB/s
4K Read 47.4
4K Write 139
4K Mixed 68
232% 84.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,315
DQ Write 1,246
DQ Mixed 1138
893% 1,233 MB/s
77GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 535 543 534 503 486 454 MB/s
Read 709
Write 596
Mixed 510
SusWrite 509
130% 581 MB/s
4K Read 34.7
4K Write 70.7
4K Mixed 46.3
149% 50.6 MB/s
DQ Read 836
DQ Write 669
DQ Mixed 795
583% 767 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 2,757 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 125%
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Desktop
Desktop 99%
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Workstation
Workstation 114%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) - $330

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 57% - Above average Total price: $1,747

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Good

2 years ago.


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

15 months ago.

Insanely fast.


Good

8 months ago.

great runs smooth


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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