Average Bench: 223% (55th of 1012)

Based on 3,442 user benchmarks.  Models: NVMe SAMSUNG MZVLW1T0, NVMe PM961 NVMe SAMSU, PM961 NVMe SAMSUNG 1024GB, SAMSUNG MZVLW1T0HMLH-00000

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB averaged 122.7% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 834MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 795MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB is 147%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 115MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 800MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 3,442 samples)
Min Avg Max
764 Read 1,501 1,952
669 Write 1,265 1,543
546 Mixed 800 1,010
363 SusWrite 950 1,211
253% 1,129 MB/s
Min Avg Max
23.4 4K Read 47.3 59.8
43 4K Write 115 169
28.5 4K Mixed 63.2 82.8
214% 75.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
204 DQ Read 935 1,478
187 DQ Write 795 1,270
194 DQ Mixed 834 1,263
634% 855 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
901GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXY7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1145 1195 1119 1119 1024 944 MB/s
Read 1,350
Write 929
Mixed 628
SusWrite 1091
224% 1,000 MB/s
4K Read 56.4
4K Write 136
4K Mixed 76.6
256% 89.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,074
DQ Write 510
DQ Mixed 671
530% 752 MB/s
519GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXY7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1006 982 1022 1033 868 864 MB/s
Read 953
Write 856
Mixed 651
SusWrite 962
193% 856 MB/s
4K Read 52.2
4K Write 116
4K Mixed 67
226% 78.3 MB/s
DQ Read 835
DQ Write 744
DQ Mixed 807
601% 796 MB/s
918GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXY7501Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1082 1123 1128 880 829 822 MB/s
Read 875
Write 977
Mixed 674
SusWrite 977
198% 876 MB/s
4K Read 55.6
4K Write 120
4K Mixed 71.8
240% 82.4 MB/s
DQ Read 587
DQ Write 503
DQ Mixed 533
402% 541 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 20,096,164 SSDs tested.

Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB Builds (Compare 15,591 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 15%
Desktop 77%
Workstation 48%

System: Dell XPS 15 9560 - $1,055


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Intel Core i5-9400F $148Nvidia GTX 1660S (Super) $270Crucial MX500 250GB $45
Intel Core i5-9600K $200AMD RX 590 $180Samsung 850 Evo 120GB $58
Intel Core i7-9700K $369Nvidia GTX 1650S (Super) $160Samsung 850 Pro 512GB $230
Seagate Barracuda 1TB (2016) $37Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB $65SanDisk Extreme 64GB $72
WD Blue 1TB (2012) $38Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 C15 2x8GB $63SanDisk Extreme 32GB $46
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