Average Bench: 335% (10th of 1011)

Based on 42,096 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 235.2% 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 1,077MB/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 166%. 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 155MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 54.3MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 42,096 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,260 Read 2,393 2,815
1,150 Write 1,965 2,218
797 Mixed 1,268 1,554
958 SusWrite 1,806 2,194
416% 1,858 MB/s
Min Avg Max
38.9 4K Read 54.3 63
92.5 4K Write 155 215
56.8 4K Mixed 75.6 90.2
261% 95 MB/s
Min Avg Max
482 DQ Read 1,166 1,473
369 DQ Write 1,011 1,445
436 DQ Mixed 1,077 1,479
811% 1,085 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
388GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2031 2131 2172 2200 2073 2092 MB/s
Read 2,720
Write 2,195
Mixed 1,433
SusWrite 2,116
474% 2,116 MB/s
4K Read 60.6
4K Write 186
4K Mixed 86.7
302% 111 MB/s
DQ Read 1,342
DQ Write 1,164
DQ Mixed 1,245
935% 1,250 MB/s
409GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1994 2059 2034 1932 1951 2010 MB/s
Read 2,697
Write 1,933
Mixed 1,161
SusWrite 1,997
435% 1,947 MB/s
4K Read 62.8
4K Write 193
4K Mixed 88.6
311% 115 MB/s
DQ Read 1,446
DQ Write 1,272
DQ Mixed 1321
1,001% 1,346 MB/s
311GB free
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2169 2180 2168 2159 2162 2162 MB/s
Read 2,079
Write 2,170
Mixed 1,420
SusWrite 2,167
442% 1,959 MB/s
4K Read 49.6
4K Write 204
4K Mixed 69.8
273% 108 MB/s
DQ Read 1,334
DQ Write 1,168
DQ Mixed 1,233
929% 1,245 MB/s
236GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2154 1892 1790 1599 1601 1593 MB/s
Read 2,634
Write 2,148
Mixed 1,364
SusWrite 1,771
443% 1,979 MB/s
4K Read 54.5
4K Write 148
4K Mixed 75.2
257% 92.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,424
DQ Write 1,218
DQ Mixed 1,284
972% 1,309 MB/s
414GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1599 2077 2166 2189 2192 2200 MB/s
Read 2,651
Write 2,149
Mixed 1430
SusWrite 2,070
465% 2,075 MB/s
4K Read 47.9
4K Write 118
4K Mixed 63.2
216% 76.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,193
DQ Write 993
DQ Mixed 923
738% 1,036 MB/s
282GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2014 1981 2004 2059 2058 2060 MB/s
Read 1919
Write 1,711
Mixed 1,241
SusWrite 2,029
388% 1,725 MB/s
4K Read 54.6
4K Write 151
4K Mixed 76.3
260% 93.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,415
DQ Write 996
DQ Mixed 1,137
868% 1,183 MB/s
349GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1850 1927 1976 1985 1975 1974 MB/s
Read 1,850
Write 1,692
Mixed 1145
SusWrite 1,948
373% 1,659 MB/s
4K Read 55.4
4K Write 147
4K Mixed 77.1
261% 93.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,374
DQ Write 1,203
DQ Mixed 1,276
960% 1,284 MB/s
342GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 749 1448 948 1395 1611 1608 MB/s
Read 2,270
Write 1,961
Mixed 1387
SusWrite 1,293
387% 1,728 MB/s
4K Read 4
4K Write 153
4K Mixed 46.9
147% 67.9 MB/s
DQ Read 46.1
DQ Write 526
DQ Mixed 400
275% 324 MB/s
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Typical 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 11,241 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 139%
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Desktop
Desktop 155%
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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: 54% - Above average Total price: $2,072

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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

2 months ago.

Excellent write/read speeds and high DWPD.


Good

19 months ago.


Excellent

6 months ago.

Extremely fast


Excellent

10 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

4 months ago.

Fast, Cheap, Really Fast, Samsung


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