Average Bench: 345% (10th of 1011)

Based on 31,257 user benchmarks.  Models: Samsung SSD 970 PRO 512GB, NVMe Samsung SSD 970

The Samsung 970 Pro is a third generation NVMe PCIe SSD which replaces the 960 Pro. It comes in a M.2. form factor and features Samsung’s latest Phoenix controller and 64 layer proprietary 3D MLC NAND. MLC NAND has better write consistency but is more expensive than the TLC NAND found in the 970 Evo. The 970 Pro demonstrates a 16% increase in peak sequential write speed over the 960 Pro. There are also improvements in random read and write speeds. Interestingly this iteration of Pro SSDs come with a price cut, with the 512GB retailing at just $250 and the 1TB at $500, whilst at the time of writing, the 512GB 960 Pro is $315. The 970 Pro targets professionals who may rely on Samsung’s 5 year or 600TBW warranty and who may need its extended write performance. But, for most users who rarely transfer more than 22 GB at a time (this is the size of the SLC cache the 500GB 970 Evo), the cheaper 970 Evo may represent better value for money[May '18 SSDrivePro]

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Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB averaged 245.3% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 1,094MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,454MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 135%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Samsung 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 55.2MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 162MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 31,257 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,512 Read 2,454 2,851
1,467 Write 2,027 2,213
946 Mixed 1,313 1,546
1,227 SusWrite 1,884 2,180
430% 1,919 MB/s
Min Avg Max
40.2 4K Read 55.2 63.1
107 4K Write 162 218
55.6 4K Mixed 76.9 91.2
268% 98 MB/s
Min Avg Max
626 DQ Read 1,190 1,471
449 DQ Write 1,031 1,459
518 DQ Mixed 1,094 1,501
824% 1,105 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
326GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 775 2008 2161 2182 2183 2136 MB/s
Read 2,686
Write 2,192
Mixed 1,502
SusWrite 1,908
464% 2,072 MB/s
4K Read 61
4K Write 189
4K Mixed 86.6
303% 112 MB/s
DQ Read 1,320
DQ Write 1,070
DQ Mixed 1,198
896% 1,196 MB/s
326GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 738 2031 2170 2173 2176 2072 MB/s
Read 2,683
Write 2,181
Mixed 1470
SusWrite 1,893
460% 2,057 MB/s
4K Read 61
4K Write 177
4K Mixed 85.8
296% 108 MB/s
DQ Read 1302
DQ Write 1,000
DQ Mixed 1,169
870% 1,157 MB/s
153GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1910 1832 1708 1592 1483 1316 MB/s
Read 2,246
Write 1,765
Mixed 1,264
SusWrite 1,640
387% 1,729 MB/s
4K Read 62.5
4K Write 206
4K Mixed 89.7
318% 119 MB/s
DQ Read 1,470
DQ Write 1,337
DQ Mixed 1,396
1,049% 1,401 MB/s
312GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1703 1743 1822 1817 1883 1830 MB/s
Read 2,463
Write 1,986
Mixed 1,214
SusWrite 1,800
418% 1,866 MB/s
4K Read 57.3
4K Write 165
4K Mixed 77.2
273% 99.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,352
DQ Write 1,165
DQ Mixed 1,214
922% 1,244 MB/s
301GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1929 1819 1728 1630 1676 1674 MB/s
Read 2110
Write 2,073
Mixed 1,376
SusWrite 1,743
410% 1,825 MB/s
4K Read 46.6
4K Write 208
4K Mixed 65.5
265% 107 MB/s
DQ Read 1,385
DQ Write 1,182
DQ Mixed 1,258
950% 1,275 MB/s
328GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1660 1963 2052 2184 1943 2014 MB/s
Read 2,403
Write 2,177
Mixed 1,413
SusWrite 1,969
447% 1,991 MB/s
4K Read 51.2
4K Write 118
4K Mixed 66.1
225% 78.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,010
DQ Write 838
DQ Mixed 916
688% 921 MB/s
428GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1911 1894 1907 1919 1925 1926 MB/s
Read 2,002
Write 2,072
Mixed 1,127
SusWrite 1,914
400% 1,779 MB/s
4K Read 55.8
4K Write 154
4K Mixed 80.2
269% 96.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,064
DQ Write 806
DQ Mixed 958
710% 943 MB/s
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Typical 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 8,084 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 134%
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Desktop
Desktop 157%
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Workstation
Workstation 144%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WI-FI) - $275

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 52% - Above average Total price: $2,096

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 Comments

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13 days ago.

The regular 970 Evo except it costs way more for no reason.


Excellent

14 months ago.

Excellent write/read speeds and high DWPD.


Good

15 months ago.


Excellent

3 months ago.

Extremely fast


Excellent

6 months ago.

My first SSD upgrade over the stock TEAM Lite drive my system came with. After a re-install of Windows 10; this became my boot drive. With a second 970 Pro for storage. I considered going RAID 0 but did not see the benefit? If I'm mistaken please let me know! Regardless; I'm thrilled with the speed increase over the existing drives!


Excellent

20 days ago.

Fast, Cheap, Really Fast, Samsung


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