Average Bench: 337% (9th of 1021)

Based on 55,264 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 237.1% 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 1,072MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,460MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 136%. 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 151MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 55.8MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 55,264 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,483 Read 2,460 2,827
1,316 Write 2,008 2,216
885 Mixed 1,294 1,559
1,046 SusWrite 1,797 2,193
423% 1,890 MB/s
Min Avg Max
40.2 4K Read 55.8 62.6
70.9 4K Write 151 211
54.1 4K Mixed 74.5 88.9
260% 93.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
721 DQ Read 1,204 1,472
237 DQ Write 989 1,446
332 DQ Mixed 1,072 1,507
810% 1,089 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
178GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2198 2210 2199 2218 2195 1999 MB/s
Read 2,761
Write 2,206
Mixed 1,457
SusWrite 2,170
481% 2,149 MB/s
4K Read 59.7
4K Write 154
4K Mixed 80.8
275% 98.1 MB/s
DQ Read 1,459
DQ Write 1,221
DQ Mixed 1,396
1,031% 1,359 MB/s
150GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2186 2194 2201 2209 2117 1158 MB/s
Read 2,671
Write 2192
Mixed 1,480
SusWrite 2,011
468% 2,088 MB/s
4K Read 59.1
4K Write 167
4K Mixed 81.8
283% 103 MB/s
DQ Read 1206
DQ Write 1,032
DQ Mixed 1,109
834% 1,116 MB/s
427GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2153 2179 2183 2182 2169 2014 MB/s
Read 2,579
Write 2,146
Mixed 1,283
SusWrite 2,147
457% 2,039 MB/s
4K Read 55.5
4K Write 149
4K Mixed 76.9
262% 93.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,239
DQ Write 1024
DQ Mixed 1116
840% 1,126 MB/s
212GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2028 2060 2031 2015 2005 1983 MB/s
Read 2,617
Write 2,153
Mixed 1,321
SusWrite 2,020
454% 2,028 MB/s
4K Read 55.7
4K Write 144
4K Mixed 78.2
261% 92.7 MB/s
DQ Read 933
DQ Write 877
DQ Mixed 898
676% 903 MB/s
214GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 424 461 680 697 775 824 MB/s
Read 1,955
Write 1,247
Mixed 726
SusWrite 644
253% 1,143 MB/s
4K Read 33.5
4K Write 4.7
4K Mixed 51.8
120% 30 MB/s
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Typical 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 16,370 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 139%
Desktop 155%
Workstation 143%

Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WI-FI) - $311

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 51% - Above average Total price: $2,142

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8 months ago.

Excellent write/read speeds and high DWPD.


2 years ago.


12 months ago.

Extremely fast


15 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!


9 months ago.

Fast, Cheap, Really Fast, Samsung

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