Average Bench: 177% (59th of 956)

more Based on 20,042 user benchmarks.  Models: SAMSUNG MZVLW256HEHP-00000, SAMSUNG MZVLW256HEHP-000H1, SAMSUNG MZVLW256HEHP-000L2, SAMSUNG MZVLW256HEHP-000L1, NVMe SAMSUNG MZVLW256, SAMSUNG MZVLW256HEHP-000, SAMSUNG MZVLW256HEHP-000L7

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB averaged 76.6% 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. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 738MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 893MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 106%. 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. Sustained Write Speed 327MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 671MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 20,042 samples)
Min Avg Max
732 Read 1,395 1,970
661 Write 1,035 1,325
473 Mixed 671 912
243 SusWrite 327 354
190% 857 MB/s
Min Avg Max
29.5 4K Read 48.1 60
57 4K Write 108 158
32.3 4K Mixed 61.6 79.2
209% 72.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
235 DQ Read 893 1,425
201 DQ Write 725 1,084
242 DQ Mixed 738 995
572% 785 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
160GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L1QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 473 322 321 325 325 321 MB/s
Read 1,931
Write 1,130
Mixed 632
SusWrite 348
222% 1,010 MB/s
4K Read 55.6
4K Write 120
4K Mixed 51.2
213% 75.6 MB/s
DQ Read 1108
DQ Write 905
DQ Mixed 852
680% 955 MB/s
198GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L1QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 483 329 318 330 331 322 MB/s
Read 1,873
Write 1,322
Mixed 946
SusWrite 352
249% 1,123 MB/s
4K Read 54.1
4K Write 117
4K Mixed 68.3
232% 79.9 MB/s
DQ Read 770
DQ Write 708
DQ Mixed 716
544% 731 MB/s
194GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L7QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 464 295 300 307 300 305 MB/s
Read 1,689
Write 1,162
Mixed 713
SusWrite 329
215% 973 MB/s
4K Read 55.7
4K Write 110
4K Mixed 65.1
226% 77 MB/s
DQ Read 984
DQ Write 822
DQ Mixed 846
649% 884 MB/s
160GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L1QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 477 321 321 324 323 308 MB/s
Read 1,921
Write 1,132
Mixed 669
SusWrite 346
224% 1,017 MB/s
4K Read 55.4
4K Write 121
4K Mixed 27.5
183% 68.1 MB/s
DQ Read 1,127
DQ Write 932
DQ Mixed 810
666% 956 MB/s
197GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L1QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 450 320 325 319 323 322 MB/s
Read 1,780
Write 1,231
Mixed 764
SusWrite 343
228% 1,029 MB/s
4K Read 54.5
4K Write 116
4K Mixed 68
231% 79.4 MB/s
DQ Read 772
DQ Write 677
DQ Mixed 710
536% 720 MB/s
103GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L1QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 413 265 261 259 253 253 MB/s
Read 1,514
Write 1154
Mixed 682
SusWrite 284
201% 909 MB/s
4K Read 54.3
4K Write 118
4K Mixed 68.1
232% 80.1 MB/s
DQ Read 835
DQ Write 528
DQ Mixed 605
472% 656 MB/s
96GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1L1QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 437 287 281 280 273 271 MB/s
Read 1,086
Write 903
Mixed 653
SusWrite 305
164% 737 MB/s
4K Read 49.4
4K Write 97
4K Mixed 61.4
205% 69.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,049
DQ Write 873
DQ Mixed 905
693% 943 MB/s
168GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L1QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 339 314 315 313 309 308 MB/s
Read 1,136
Write 888
Mixed 536
SusWrite 316
160% 719 MB/s
4K Read 27.9
4K Write 64.7
4K Mixed 37.6
125% 43.4 MB/s
DQ Read 520
DQ Write 219
DQ Mixed 269
226% 336 MB/s
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Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 9,308 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 17%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 75%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 45%
Yacht

System: Lenovo 80WK

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 187% - Outstanding Total price: $90

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