Average Bench: 333% (11th of 1016)

Based on 46,411 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 233.3% 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 1,045MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,393MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 162%. 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 Write Speed 154MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 54.2MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 46,411 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,297 Read 2,393 2,839
1,163 Write 1,966 2,217
868 Mixed 1,281 1,551
1,020 SusWrite 1,806 2,183
417% 1,862 MB/s
Min Avg Max
40.2 4K Read 54.2 63.1
92.1 4K Write 154 217
48.9 4K Mixed 74.6 90.1
259% 94.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
411 DQ Read 1,139 1,470
342 DQ Write 987 1,472
270 DQ Mixed 1,045 1,489
788% 1,057 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
356GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2203 2207 2200 2214 2199 2014 MB/s
Read 2,735
Write 2,214
Mixed 1,579
SusWrite 2,173
488% 2,175 MB/s
4K Read 59.4
4K Write 155
4K Mixed 79.7
274% 98 MB/s
DQ Read 1,467
DQ Write 1,349
DQ Mixed 1,414
1,060% 1,410 MB/s
416GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1701 2193 2138 2017 2068 2074 MB/s
Read 2,720
Write 2193
Mixed 1,535
SusWrite 2,032
475% 2,120 MB/s
4K Read 57.9
4K Write 170
4K Mixed 81.4
282% 103 MB/s
DQ Read 1,009
DQ Write 855
DQ Mixed 927
696% 930 MB/s
283GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1342 1740 2100 2112 2120 2123 MB/s
Read 2,600
Write 2137
Mixed 1,266
SusWrite 1,923
444% 1,981 MB/s
4K Read 54.2
4K Write 146
4K Mixed 74.2
255% 91.6 MB/s
DQ Read 1,382
DQ Write 1,218
DQ Mixed 1,280
965% 1,294 MB/s
408GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2175 2182 2186 2195 2192 2190 MB/s
Read 2,540
Write 2,219
Mixed 1,429
SusWrite 2,186
470% 2,094 MB/s
4K Read 53.8
4K Write 128
4K Mixed 72.5
242% 84.7 MB/s
DQ Read 677
DQ Write 486
DQ Mixed 621
453% 595 MB/s
60GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 855 703 648 601 569 532 MB/s
Read 2,575
Write 1,011
Mixed 1,213
SusWrite 651
300% 1,363 MB/s
4K Read 52.8
4K Write 148
4K Mixed 74.9
254% 91.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,232
DQ Write 996
DQ Mixed 1,109
832% 1,112 MB/s
288GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1344 1451 1552 1568 1578 1715 MB/s
Read 717
Write 1,694
Mixed 798
SusWrite 1,534
271% 1,186 MB/s
4K Read 40.7
4K Write 125
4K Mixed 54.1
197% 73.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,214
DQ Write 834
DQ Mixed 981
744% 1,009 MB/s
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Typical 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 12,846 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 139%
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Desktop
Desktop 153%
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Workstation
Workstation 142%
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Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WI-FI) - $290

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 53% - Above average Total price: $2,151

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 Comments

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1 month ago.

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


Excellent

4 months ago.

Excellent write/read speeds and high DWPD.


Good

20 months ago.


Excellent

8 months ago.

Extremely fast


Excellent

11 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

5 months ago.

Fast, Cheap, Really Fast, Samsung


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