Average Bench: 219% (84th of 1074)

more Based on 21,747 user benchmarks.  Models: SAMSUNG MZVPW256HEGL-00000, SAMSUNG MZVPW256HEGL-000L7, SM961 NVMe SAMSUNG 256GB, SAMSUNG MZVPW256HEGL-000H7, NVMe SM961 NVMe SAMSU, SAMSUNG MZVPW256HEGL-000L2, NVMe SAMSUNG MZVPW256, SAMSUNG MZVPW256HEGL-000H1

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung SM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB averaged 119.2% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung SM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 758MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 1,036MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung SM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 158%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Samsung SM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 522MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 116MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 21,747 samples)
Min Avg Max
730 Read 1,526 2,274
366 Write 994 1,372
310 Mixed 522 760
257 SusWrite 914 1,437
220% 989 MB/s
Min Avg Max
30.1 4K Read 48.8 55.8
51.7 4K Write 116 165
33.5 4K Mixed 57.2 71.4
209% 74.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
482 DQ Read 1,036 1,470
242 DQ Write 696 1,101
291 DQ Mixed 758 994
595% 830 MB/s
User Benchmarks BenchSequentialRandom 4kDeep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
177GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXZ73H0Q Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1429 1438 1449 1444 1442 1370 MB/s
Read 1,939
Write 1,378
Mixed 641
SusWrite 1,429
300% 1,347 MB/s
4K Read 48.5
4K Write 111
4K Mixed 61.5
211% 73.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1032
DQ Write 761
DQ Mixed 926
684% 906 MB/s
186GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXZ73H0Q Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1441 1448 1446 1441 1445 1358 MB/s
Read 1,826
Write 1,363
Mixed 638
SusWrite 1430
294% 1,314 MB/s
4K Read 46.8
4K Write 106
4K Mixed 60.3
204% 70.9 MB/s
DQ Read 997
DQ Write 682
DQ Mixed 869
641% 849 MB/s
167GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXZ73H0Q Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 947 1324 1432 1454 1445 1370 MB/s
Read 1,427
Write 1,360
Mixed 557
SusWrite 1,329
262% 1,168 MB/s
4K Read 40.9
4K Write 102
4K Mixed 58.9
191% 67.2 MB/s
DQ Read 942
DQ Write 653
DQ Mixed 834
613% 810 MB/s
95GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXZ74H0Q Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1436 1431 1306 1370 1326 1296 MB/s
Read 1,553
Write 1,345
Mixed 564
SusWrite 1,361
270% 1,206 MB/s
4K Read 35.5
4K Write 106
4K Mixed 45.4
168% 62.2 MB/s
DQ Read 777
DQ Write 546
DQ Mixed 684
505% 669 MB/s
49GB free
Firmware: CXZ7300Q Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 595 562 503 472 450 426 MB/s
Read 1,877
Write 605
Mixed 482
SusWrite 501
189% 866 MB/s
4K Read 43.8
4K Write 103
4K Mixed 55.4
192% 67.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,070
DQ Write 656
DQ Mixed 679
556% 802 MB/s
140GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXZ74H0Q Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 908 906 924 817 834 854 MB/s
Read 1,274
Write 976
Mixed 428
SusWrite 874
198% 888 MB/s
4K Read 34.1
4K Write 71.6
4K Mixed 45.8
148% 50.5 MB/s
DQ Read 579
DQ Write 419
DQ Mixed 472
360% 490 MB/s
69GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXZ7500Q Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 652 604 556 545 524 498 MB/s
Read 1,192
Write 572
Mixed 402
SusWrite 563
151% 682 MB/s
4K Read 38
4K Write 70.3
4K Mixed 45.7
153% 51.3 MB/s
DQ Read 817
DQ Write 586
DQ Mixed 691
519% 698 MB/s
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Typical SM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 280 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings
Gaming
Gaming 53%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 46%
Yacht

System: Asus Zephyrus M GM501GS

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Excellent

4 years ago.

Very good Read/Write Performance for a low cost price


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