Average Bench: 335% (5th of 992)

Based on 19,308 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]


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.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 1,079MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,346MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 170%. 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.


Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 154MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 54.2MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 19,308 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,153 Read 2,346 2,816
1,134 Write 1,952 2,214
807 Mixed 1,280 1,538
1,091 SusWrite 1,851 2,193
416% 1,857 MB/s
Min Avg Max
39.4 4K Read 54.2 63.3
94.8 4K Write 154 215
54.3 4K Mixed 75.2 90.3
260% 94.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
423 DQ Read 1,146 1471
385 DQ Write 1,012 1,554
427 DQ Mixed 1,079 1570
809% 1,079 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
0GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2184 2205 2210 2214 2215 2216 MB/s
Read 2,927
Write 2,222
Mixed 1,596
SusWrite 2,208
501% 2,238 MB/s
4K Read 67
4K Write 261
4K Mixed 97.7
365% 142 MB/s
DQ Read 1,466
DQ Write 1,726
DQ Mixed 1,614
1,211% 1,602 MB/s
352GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2016 2045 1585 2063 2103 2052 MB/s
Read 2,391
Write 2191
Mixed 1,233
SusWrite 1,977
437% 1,948 MB/s
4K Read 51.3
4K Write 129
4K Mixed 70.2
236% 83.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,314
DQ Write 1,064
DQ Mixed 1,136
865% 1,171 MB/s
440GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2112 2113 2134 2163 2152 2155 MB/s
Read 2,340
Write 2,108
Mixed 1,390
SusWrite 2,138
448% 1,994 MB/s
4K Read 53.8
4K Write 124
4K Mixed 70.6
237% 82.6 MB/s
DQ Read 917
DQ Write 646
DQ Mixed 845
614% 803 MB/s
343GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 958 1178 1183 1207 1206 1205 MB/s
Read 1,516
Write 1210
Mixed 1,118
SusWrite 1,156
281% 1,250 MB/s
4K Read 57.7
4K Write 152
4K Mixed 79.6
270% 96.6 MB/s
DQ Read 1,083
DQ Write 930
DQ Mixed 994
748% 1,002 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 13,031,166 SSDs tested.


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Typical 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 21,154 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 134%
Desktop 157%
Workstation 135%

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING - $190

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 125% - Outstanding Total price: $1,668

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9 months ago.

Excellent write/read speeds and high DWPD.


10 months ago.


11 days ago.

Very fast.


1 month 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!

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