Average Bench: 223% (61st of 1034)

more Based on 13,628 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 123.2% 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 786MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 1,047MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung SM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 141%. 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 539MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 119MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 13,628 samples)
Min Avg Max
742 Read 1,595 2,296
406 Write 993 1,372
327 Mixed 539 742
273 SusWrite 885 1,435
223% 1,003 MB/s
Min Avg Max
33.9 4K Read 50.7 56.6
61.2 4K Write 119 169
40.6 4K Mixed 58.9 72.9
215% 76.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
570 DQ Read 1,047 1,444
216 DQ Write 744 1,105
245 DQ Mixed 786 990
617% 859 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
146GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXZ7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1329 1361 1328 1272 1198 1040 MB/s
Read 2,100
Write 1,380
Mixed 669
SusWrite 1,254
300% 1,351 MB/s
4K Read 60
4K Write 202
4K Mixed 80.4
301% 114 MB/s
DQ Read 1357
DQ Write 1,122
DQ Mixed 990
810% 1,157 MB/s
94GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXZ74H0Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1091 1011 970 922 884 840 MB/s
Read 1,658
Write 1,135
Mixed 522
SusWrite 953
237% 1,067 MB/s
4K Read 48.1
4K Write 145
4K Mixed 66
234% 86.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,463
DQ Write 948
DQ Mixed 930
768% 1,113 MB/s
76GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXZ74H0Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 789 531 456 429 417 411 MB/s
Read 1,128
Write 1,128
Mixed 447
SusWrite 506
179% 802 MB/s
4K Read 31.8
4K Write 86.1
4K Mixed 42.3
148% 53.4 MB/s
DQ Read 909
DQ Write 723
DQ Mixed 838
621% 823 MB/s
13,628 MORE »

 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 31,505,750 SSDs tested.

Typical SM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 286 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 56%
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation 48%

System: Asus Zephyrus M GM501GS


Popular SM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB systems:

How Fast Is Your SSD? (Bench your build) Size up your PC in less than a minute.

Welcome to our freeware PC speed test tool. UserBenchmark will test your PC and compare the results to other users with the same components. You can quickly size up your PC, identify hardware problems and explore the best upgrades.

UserBenchmark of the month

How it works

  • - Download and run UserBenchMark.
  • - CPU tests include: integer, floating and string.
  • - GPU tests include: six 3D game simulations.
  • - Drive tests include: read, write, sustained write and mixed IO.
  • - RAM tests include: single/multi core bandwidth and latency.
  • - Reports are generated and presented on userbenchmark.com.
  • - Identify the strongest components in your PC.
  • - See speed test results from other users.
  • - Compare your components to the current market leaders.
  • - Explore your best upgrade options with a virtual PC build.
  • - Compare your in-game FPS to other users with your hardware.
  • - Share your opinion by voting.
Solid State Drive Rankings (Price vs Performance) September 2020 SSD Rankings.

Welcome to our 2.5" and M.2 SSD comparison. We calculate effective speed for both SATA and NVMe drives based on real world performance then adjust by current prices per GB to yield a value for money rating. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top SSDs. [SSDrivePro]


Group Test Results

  • Best user rated - User sentiment trumps benchmarks for this comparison.
  • Best value for money - Value for money is based on real world performance.
  • Fastest real world speed - Real World Speed measures performance for typical consumers.


Added n/a ago.


11 months ago.

Very good Read/Write Performance for a low cost price

1034 Drives (Compared) Thousands of user benchmarks compiled into one comparison list.

See how consistently different SSDs perform with varying real world conditions. The charts also illustrate overall performance, popularity and rank.

 Frequently Asked Questions

 Best User Rated

The Best.
Intel Core i5-9600K $193Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $230Crucial MX500 250GB $43
Intel Core i7-9700K $290Nvidia GTX 1650S (Super) $170Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $78
Intel Core i5-9400F $143Nvidia RTX 2070S (Super) $500Samsung 860 Evo 250GB $43
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $43Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $66SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $32Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $64SanDisk Extreme 32GB $30
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (2016) $85G.SKILL Trident Z DDR4 3200 C14 4x16GB $649SanDisk Extreme 16GB $28
Today's hottest deals
About  •  User Guide  •  FAQs  •  Email  •  Privacy  •  Developer  •  YouTube Feedback