Average Bench: 214% (13th of 869)

Based on 6,724 user benchmarks.  Models: SAMSUNG MZVLW256HEHP-00000, NVMe SAMSUNG MZVLW256, SAMSUNG MZVLW256HEHP-000

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB averaged 114.0% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,206MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 1,161MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 92.1%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 269MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 229MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 6,724 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,498 Read 2,206 2,797
864 Write 966 1,127
1,007 Mixed 1,161 1,356
317% 1,444 MB/s
Min Avg Max
25.6 4K Read 48.3 60.9
42.8 4K Write 102 146
20.5 4K Mixed 44.3 65.9
184% 64.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
38.1 DQ Read 269 586
70.2 DQ Write 229 421
20.3 DQ Mixed 95.1 208
113% 198 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
50GB free
Firmware: 4L1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,778
Write 960
Mixed 1,189
358% 1,642 MB/s
4K Read 59.2
4K Write 119
4K Mixed 60
230% 79.4 MB/s
DQ Read 428
DQ Write 299
DQ Mixed 169
179% 299 MB/s
197GB free
Firmware: CXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,604
Write 1,060
Mixed 1,265
359% 1,643 MB/s
4K Read 58.1
4K Write 116
4K Mixed 61.4
228% 78.4 MB/s
DQ Read 486
DQ Write 284
DQ Mixed 160
179% 310 MB/s
185GB free
Firmware: CXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,685
Write 949
Mixed 1,206
352% 1,614 MB/s
4K Read 58.1
4K Write 117
4K Mixed 60.9
228% 78.5 MB/s
DQ Read 488
DQ Write 282
DQ Mixed 159
179% 310 MB/s
69GB free
Firmware: 4L1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,511
Write 947
Mixed 1,235
342% 1,565 MB/s
4K Read 54.2
4K Write 108
4K Mixed 59.8
216% 74 MB/s
DQ Read 337
DQ Write 258
DQ Mixed 148
151% 247 MB/s
149GB free
Firmware: CXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,328
Write 957
Mixed 1,185
326% 1,490 MB/s
4K Read 57.1
4K Write 130
4K Mixed 35.7
201% 74.4 MB/s
DQ Read 60.6
DQ Write 135
DQ Mixed 35.2
45% 77.1 MB/s
124GB free
Firmware: CXB7401Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 1,929
Write 952
Mixed 1,113
293% 1,331 MB/s
4K Read 56.2
4K Write 107
4K Mixed 34.3
186% 65.9 MB/s
DQ Read 56.4
DQ Write 135
DQ Mixed 33.5
43% 74.9 MB/s
69GB free
Firmware: CXB7401Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 2,005
Write 959
Mixed 1,098
297% 1,354 MB/s
4K Read 35.9
4K Write 57.4
4K Mixed 47.1
145% 46.8 MB/s
DQ Read 155
DQ Write 132
DQ Mixed 65.8
71% 118 MB/s
128GB free
Firmware: CXB7401Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SYSTEM 4KALIGNED
Read 1,804
Write 889
Mixed 1,117
280% 1,270 MB/s
4K Read 33.1
4K Write 38.8
4K Mixed 25.8
104% 32.6 MB/s
DQ Read 78.4
DQ Write 41.4
DQ Mixed 27.3
29% 49 MB/s
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Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 4,324 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 17%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 83%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 49%
Yacht

System: Lenovo 80WK

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 188% - Outstanding Total price: $115

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