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Samsung SSD 960 Pro: Raising the bar for SSDs everywhere

By John Law & Kenny Yeo - 19 Oct 2016

CrystalDiskMark results

CrystalDiskMark 5.0.2 Results

CrystalDiskMark is an easy-to-run and quick utility to use to gauge a drive’s performance. It measures sequential read and write performance and random read and write speeds of random 4KB and 4KB (queue depth 32) data.

Looking at the sequential read and write speeds, we can see that the SSD 950 Pro is still pretty competitive as it recorded slightly higher sequential read speeds (by around 9 percent) than the new SSD 960 Pro. However, the SSD 960 Pro's write speeds were over 27% faster than its predecessor. The SSD 960 Pro's sequential read and write speeds were miles ahead of the OCZ RD400, Intel SSD 750 Series and Kingston HyperX Predator.

On the 4K workload, the SSD 960 Pro impressed with its high read speeds, as it was over 30 percent faster than the second-placed SSD 950 Pro. However, its write speeds were pretty disappointing as it lost out to the SSD 950 Pro, RD400 and the SSD 750 Series. It was the same story on the more intensive 4k, 32 queue depth workload. Though the SSD 960 Pro easily outperformed its predecessor, it was still outclassed by the RD400 and SSD 750 Series.