Average Bench: 283% (23rd of 1011)

Based on 44,660 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 182.9% 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 921MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,118MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 169%. 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 837MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 48.2MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 44,660 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,197 Read 2,118 2,656
532 Write 1,498 1,933
592 Mixed 837 1,016
441 SusWrite 1,320 1,898
322% 1,443 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34.9 4K Read 48.2 54.7
88.2 4K Write 146 199
47.9 4K Mixed 65.9 79.2
235% 86.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
377 DQ Read 1,088 1,317
280 DQ Write 950 1,343
347 DQ Mixed 921 1,148
717% 986 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
231GB free
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2053 2080 2005 2006 2006 1999 MB/s
Read 2,622
Write 2004
Mixed 1,094
SusWrite 2,025
433% 1,936 MB/s
4K Read 56.1
4K Write 208
4K Mixed 81.1
299% 115 MB/s
DQ Read 1,322
DQ Write 1,372
DQ Mixed 1,135
912% 1,277 MB/s
355GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1928 1902 1951 1957 1964 1865 MB/s
Read 2,661
Write 1,704
Mixed 985
SusWrite 1,928
406% 1,819 MB/s
4K Read 53.3
4K Write 164
4K Mixed 74.9
264% 97.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,040
DQ Write 920
DQ Mixed 925
708% 962 MB/s
434GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1955 1940 1960 1949 1934 1926 MB/s
Read 2,396
Write 1,937
Mixed 861
SusWrite 1,944
399% 1,784 MB/s
4K Read 47.1
4K Write 117
4K Mixed 63.8
215% 76 MB/s
DQ Read 888
DQ Write 693
DQ Mixed 798
595% 793 MB/s
242GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1632 1647 1644 1599 1570 1525 MB/s
Read 2476
Write 1755
Mixed 926
SusWrite 1,603
377% 1,690 MB/s
4K Read 49.2
4K Write 144
4K Mixed 68.5
238% 87.1 MB/s
DQ Read 895
DQ Write 775
DQ Mixed 812
615% 827 MB/s
117GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1201 816 743 694 637 615 MB/s
Read 2,596
Write 1,876
Mixed 892
SusWrite 784
340% 1,537 MB/s
4K Read 53.5
4K Write 186
4K Mixed 74.2
275% 105 MB/s
DQ Read 1315
DQ Write 1,240
DQ Mixed 1,099
874% 1218 MB/s
266GB free
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1520 1534 1502 1494 1512 1503 MB/s
Read 1,942
Write 1,637
Mixed 860
SusWrite 1,511
333% 1,487 MB/s
4K Read 32.8
4K Write 139
4K Mixed 61.6
202% 77.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,285
DQ Write 1,319
DQ Mixed 1139
901% 1,248 MB/s
69GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 444 399 382 373 355 312 MB/s
Read 1,929
Write 557
Mixed 685
SusWrite 378
194% 887 MB/s
4K Read 43
4K Write 168
4K Mixed 65.8
238% 92.1 MB/s
DQ Read 1,290
DQ Write 639
DQ Mixed 844
659% 924 MB/s
477GB free
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 134 133 134 134 134 135 MB/s
Read 1,877
Write 131
Mixed 223
SusWrite 134
126% 591 MB/s
4K Read 35.5
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 3.3
59% 13.5 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 11,383 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 117%
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Desktop
Desktop 131%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 102%
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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: $1,622

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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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