AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy

Our Heavy storage benchmark is proportionally more write-heavy than The Destroyer, but much shorter overall. The total writes in the Heavy test aren't enough to fill the drive, so performance never drops down to steady state. This test is far more representative of a power user's day to day usage, and is heavily influenced by the drive's peak performance. The Heavy workload test details can be found here.

AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy (Data Rate)

The Samsung 950 Pro was still unmatched in average data rate, even against higher capacity competition. The 2TB 960 Pro pushes the limits a little further.

AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy (Latency)

The 2TB 960 Pro delivers a slightly lower average service time than the 512GB 950 Pro, and the other PCIe SSDs are well behind.

AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy (Latency)

Samsung's PCIe SSDs and the Intel 750 are all very close in terms of the number of high-latency outliers they experience, while the other PCIe SSDs and the best SATA SSDs are 2-4x worse.

AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy (Power)

The 960 Pro's power consumption is almost identical to the 950 Pro. Samsung's PCIe SSDs have a clear lead over other PCIe SSDs but are not as efficient as the SATA drives.

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer AnandTech Storage Bench - Light


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  • TheinsanegamerN - Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - link

    Cant wait to see that, as it seems the 960 pro is thermally limited more often then not, especially on write tests. Hope to see even bigger improvements. Reply
  • eldakka - Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - link

    But but but, since the controller is Polaris, doesn't the SSD handle your graphics too?

    I'll see myself out now.
  • BurntMyBacon - Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - link


    No. That would be Fiji. Though, I can see how it would be confusing. Even Ryan thought it was a Polaris 10 chip initially.

    Waiting for a Polaris update to the Radeon Pro SSG. Throw some 960s (Polaris controllers) in to replace the 950s and things will get really confusing. ;')
  • VeauX - Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - link

    Would migrating from an old Sandforce base SSD to this provide the same WOW effect than from mechanical to SSDs back in the days? Reply
  • GTRagnarok - Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - link

    No, unless what you're doing involves reading or writing many gigabytes of data at a time in which case it'll be noticeably faster. Otherwise, the experience will be very similar compared to old SATA SSDs. Reply
  • AnnonymousCoward - Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - link

    I have an absolutely brilliant idea. AT could just test that, and you wouldn't have to wonder and ask in the comments section! Reply
  • Mr Perfect - Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - link

    This is kind of a chicken-and-the-egg problem, but has Samsung said anything about releasing these as U.2? Quite a few new motherboards have U.2 ports now, and putting these drives in the larger 2.5 inch form factor would make it possible to solve the overheating issues with heatsinks. Reply
  • Gigaplex - Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - link

    It wouldn't be hard for a 3rd party to create a 2.5" adaptor that incorporates a heatsink. Reply
  • Mr Perfect - Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - link

    You wouldn't think so, but I had a hell of a time finding one. All said and done, only one manufacturer seems to make an adapter to turn a M.2 into a U.2. Some company called

    Some more native U.2 drives would be nice.
  • sircod - Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - link

    Are you guys doing a review of the 600p? Not quite the same class as the 960 Pro, but I definitely want to see the 960 Evo compared to the 600p. Reply

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