Average Bench: 181% (73rd of 1000)

more Based on 37,863 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 81.3% 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 764MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 948MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 109%. 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 319MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 676MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 37,863 samples)
Min Avg Max
728 Read 1,419 1,975
667 Write 1,053 1,338
484 Mixed 676 912
217 SusWrite 319 355
192% 867 MB/s
Min Avg Max
30.6 4K Read 50.3 61.3
58.9 4K Write 112 165
33.3 4K Mixed 63.3 81.7
216% 75.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
265 DQ Read 948 1,519
247 DQ Write 764 1,131
270 DQ Mixed 764 1,031
597% 825 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
66GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L7QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 463 320 307 305 305 303 MB/s
Read 960
Write 742
Mixed 612
SusWrite 334
148% 662 MB/s
4K Read 51.8
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 68.8
227% 78.1 MB/s
DQ Read 709
DQ Write 598
DQ Mixed 634
480% 647 MB/s
209GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L7QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 462 326 325 326 325 322 MB/s
Read 602
Write 551
Mixed 525
SusWrite 348
114% 507 MB/s
4K Read 52.4
4K Write 100
4K Mixed 65.8
217% 72.9 MB/s
DQ Read 732
DQ Write 464
DQ Mixed 576
435% 591 MB/s
136GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L7QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 448 321 320 319 320 317 MB/s
Read 832
Write 638
Mixed 505
SusWrite 341
129% 579 MB/s
4K Read 24.3
4K Write 94.9
4K Mixed 41.4
140% 53.5 MB/s
DQ Read 829
DQ Write 725
DQ Mixed 780
584% 778 MB/s
122GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L7QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 375 264 265 262 262 260 MB/s
Read 677
Write 592
Mixed 493
SusWrite 281
114% 511 MB/s
4K Read 19.6
4K Write 23.9
4K Mixed 19.9
68% 21.1 MB/s
DQ Read 205
DQ Write 167
DQ Mixed 184
138% 185 MB/s
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Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 16,387 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 17%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 75%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 45%
Speed boat

System: Lenovo 80WK

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 298% - Outstanding Total price: $50

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Simply there are faster alternatives in the market


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