Average Bench: 268% (39th of 1058)

Based on 67,190 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 168.1% 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 875MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,068MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 175%. 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 800MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 132MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 67,190 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,199 Read 2,068 2,591
374 Write 1,385 1,931
507 Mixed 800 964
286 SusWrite 1,216 1,877
304% 1,367 MB/s
Min Avg Max
35.1 4K Read 48.7 53.8
59.7 4K Write 132 183
41.8 4K Mixed 62.5 77
224% 81 MB/s
Min Avg Max
611 DQ Read 1,093 1,316
182 DQ Write 840 1,311
282 DQ Mixed 875 1,134
679% 936 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
440GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1919 1924 1915 1919 1915 1888 MB/s
Read 2,611
Write 1894
Mixed 889
SusWrite 1,913
408% 1,827 MB/s
4K Read 52.2
4K Write 146
4K Mixed 70.5
247% 89.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,218
DQ Write 933
DQ Mixed 985
761% 1,045 MB/s
220GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 959 1415 1532 1525 1511 1488 MB/s
Read 2,489
Write 1,727
Mixed 918
SusWrite 1405
364% 1,635 MB/s
4K Read 47.8
4K Write 147
4K Mixed 69.9
240% 88.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,172
DQ Write 900
DQ Mixed 960
738% 1,010 MB/s
348GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1208 1244 1196 1303 1276 1243 MB/s
Read 2,195
Write 1,738
Mixed 881
SusWrite 1,245
338% 1,515 MB/s
4K Read 47.7
4K Write 178
4K Mixed 67.3
253% 97.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,157
DQ Write 904
DQ Mixed 951
733% 1,004 MB/s
189GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4B6QCXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1566 1534 1513 1547 1576 1390 MB/s
Read 1,869
Write 1,434
Mixed 797
SusWrite 1,521
314% 1,405 MB/s
4K Read 38.9
4K Write 121
4K Mixed 50.1
187% 69.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,154
DQ Write 846
DQ Mixed 931
714% 977 MB/s
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Typical 960 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 6,031 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 127%
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Desktop
Desktop 98%
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Workstation
Workstation 116%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS X HERO (WI-FI AC) - $400

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 47% - Average Total price: $2,138

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Good

3 years ago.


Excellent

4 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

Insanely fast.


Good

21 months ago.

great runs smooth


Excellent

11 months ago.

Super fast. In CristallDiskMark 4K read Q=1 62 Mb/s. My record here 389 scores (no cache, no raid etc.).


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