Average Bench: 280% (13th of 964)

Based on 28,133 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 180.0% 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 886MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,104MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 163%. 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 46.9MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 28,133 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,151 Read 2,104 2,640
561 Write 1,515 1,929
588 Mixed 828 991
485 SusWrite 1,346 1,881
323% 1,448 MB/s
Min Avg Max
35.8 4K Read 46.9 54.4
84.8 4K Write 140 193
46.4 4K Mixed 65 77.9
229% 84 MB/s
Min Avg Max
417 DQ Read 1,041 1,314
385 DQ Write 900 1,328
349 DQ Mixed 886 1,130
687% 943 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
432GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1645 1749 1755 1640 1555 1684 MB/s
Read 2,074
Write 1,478
Mixed 714
SusWrite 1,671
332% 1,484 MB/s
4K Read 42.7
4K Write 173
4K Mixed 74.7
252% 96.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,152
DQ Write 1,019
DQ Mixed 1,002
774% 1,058 MB/s
107GB free
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1609 1593 1531 1543 1540 1332 MB/s
Read 2,350
Write 1513
Mixed 912
SusWrite 1,524
351% 1,575 MB/s
4K Read 51.1
4K Write 173
4K Mixed 71.2
260% 98.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,070
DQ Write 862
DQ Mixed 900
692% 944 MB/s
221GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1688 1702 1694 1320 1257 1217 MB/s
Read 2,530
Write 1,631
Mixed 894
SusWrite 1,480
363% 1,634 MB/s
4K Read 50.7
4K Write 143
4K Mixed 70
242% 87.9 MB/s
DQ Read 782
DQ Write 627
DQ Mixed 688
520% 699 MB/s
115GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 902 813 767 731 708 683 MB/s
Read 2,501
Write 931
Mixed 775
SusWrite 767
273% 1,243 MB/s
4K Read 50.8
4K Write 207
4K Mixed 79
288% 112 MB/s
DQ Read 1,309
DQ Write 1,133
DQ Mixed 1,059
838% 1,167 MB/s
246GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1089 1272 1430 1439 1485 1320 MB/s
Read 1,388
Write 1,563
Mixed 609
SusWrite 1,339
276% 1,225 MB/s
4K Read 35.2
4K Write 75
4K Mixed 37.6
141% 49.3 MB/s
DQ Read 953
DQ Write 384
DQ Mixed 577
452% 638 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 6,629 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 132%
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Desktop
Desktop 143%
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Workstation
Workstation 127%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) - $313

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 120% - Outstanding Total price: $1,771

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Excellent

15 months ago.

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


Excellent

12 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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