Average Bench: 231% (46th of 1011)

more Based on 10,385 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 131.2% 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.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 804MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 1,049MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung SM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 145%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Samsung SM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 550MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 123MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 10,385 samples)
Min Avg Max
800 Read 1,608 2,283
458 Write 1,066 1,374
351 Mixed 550 723
269 SusWrite 983 1,436
234% 1,052 MB/s
Min Avg Max
32.7 4K Read 48.2 56.8
67.9 4K Write 123 175
39.1 4K Mixed 59.9 74.6
215% 77.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
272 DQ Read 1,049 1542
239 DQ Write 788 1101
252 DQ Mixed 804 990
632% 880 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
83GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXZ74H0Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1344 1432 1347 1014 563 501 MB/s
Read 1,939
Write 1,344
Mixed 580
SusWrite 1,033
272% 1,224 MB/s
4K Read 48.7
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 62.1
214% 75 MB/s
DQ Read 716
DQ Write 574
DQ Mixed 664
492% 652 MB/s
74GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXZ7300Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 559 498 449 431 425 403 MB/s
Read 1,701
Write 573
Mixed 368
SusWrite 461
169% 776 MB/s
4K Read 47.8
4K Write 125
4K Mixed 54.7
209% 75.8 MB/s
DQ Read 891
DQ Write 627
DQ Mixed 748
562% 755 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 18,503,312 SSDs tested.

Typical SM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 785 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 67%
Battle cruiser
Desktop 95%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser

System: Asus Zephyrus M GM501GS


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Very good Read/Write Performance for a low cost price

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