Average Bench: 342% (5th of 1003)

Based on 30,265 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 241.8% 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 1,085MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,427MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 164%. 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 159MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 55.5MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 30,265 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,341 Read 2,427 2,832
1,191 Write 1,988 2,215
862 Mixed 1,295 1,571
1,126 SusWrite 1,876 2,190
425% 1,896 MB/s
Min Avg Max
40.3 4K Read 55.5 63.2
96.4 4K Write 159 218
53.3 4K Mixed 75.9 90.9
265% 96.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
466 DQ Read 1,161 1,471
482 DQ Write 1,019 1,481
529 DQ Mixed 1,085 1,539
815% 1,088 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
135GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2153 2179 2189 2193 2029 1591 MB/s
Read 2,752
Write 2,204
Mixed 1,462
SusWrite 2,055
474% 2,118 MB/s
4K Read 59.5
4K Write 174
4K Mixed 83.5
289% 106 MB/s
DQ Read 1,398
DQ Write 1,213
DQ Mixed 1,262
958% 1,291 MB/s
223GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2081 1899 1763 1947 1972 2045 MB/s
Read 2,616
Write 2,215
Mixed 1,535
SusWrite 1,951
466% 2,079 MB/s
4K Read 58.6
4K Write 190
4K Mixed 84
297% 111 MB/s
DQ Read 1,465
DQ Write 1,296
DQ Mixed 1,354
1,022% 1,372 MB/s
395GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2QEXP7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2053 2105 2114 2179 2187 2194 MB/s
Read 2,584
Write 2,176
Mixed 1,331
SusWrite 2,138
461% 2,057 MB/s
4K Read 53.9
4K Write 146
4K Mixed 75.3
256% 91.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1429
DQ Write 1,239
DQ Mixed 1,312
990% 1,327 MB/s
201GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B2Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1574 1435 1461 1430 1384 1318 MB/s
Read 2,854
Write 2,011
Mixed 1,405
SusWrite 1,434
429% 1,926 MB/s
4K Read 60.7
4K Write 210
4K Mixed 87.5
315% 119 MB/s
DQ Read 1,461
DQ Write 1,279
DQ Mixed 1328
1,007% 1,356 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 15,731,349 SSDs tested.


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Typical 970 Pro NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 6,718 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 157%
Desktop 166%
Workstation 158%

Motherboard: Asus ROG MAXIMUS XI HERO (WI-FI) - $290

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 126% - Outstanding Total price: $2,074

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13 months ago.

Excellent write/read speeds and high DWPD.


14 months ago.


2 months ago.

Extremely fast


5 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!

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