Average Bench: 186% (92nd of 1026)

more Based on 51,022 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 85.7% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 763MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 969MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 125%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sustained Write Speed 305MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 672MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 51,022 samples)
Min Avg Max
703 Read 1,489 1,987
500 Write 1,018 1,312
418 Mixed 672 917
176 SusWrite 305 356
193% 871 MB/s
Min Avg Max
30.9 4K Read 57.5 62.4
45.8 4K Write 111 164
31.9 4K Mixed 63.1 81.8
227% 77.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
347 DQ Read 969 1,523
163 DQ Write 756 1,165
232 DQ Mixed 763 1,021
598% 830 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
155GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L7Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 464 301 298 298 296 296 MB/s
Read 1,949
Write 1,121
Mixed 807
SusWrite 326
232% 1,051 MB/s
4K Read 57.2
4K Write 142
4K Mixed 76.4
260% 92 MB/s
DQ Read 855
DQ Write 720
DQ Mixed 784
588% 786 MB/s
148GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 401Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 438 276 275 273 273 272 MB/s
Read 1902
Write 1,157
Mixed 796
SusWrite 301
229% 1,039 MB/s
4K Read 55.1
4K Write 123
4K Mixed 71
240% 83.1 MB/s
DQ Read 932
DQ Write 793
DQ Mixed 837
634% 854 MB/s
51GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB7401Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 339 143 131 121 116 121 MB/s
Read 983
Write 811
Mixed 568
SusWrite 162
140% 631 MB/s
4K Read 31.4
4K Write 47.2
4K Mixed 36.9
120% 38.5 MB/s
DQ Read 132
DQ Write 93
DQ Mixed 109
82% 111 MB/s
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Gaming 15%
Desktop 80%
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Workstation 49%

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8 months ago.

Simply there are faster alternatives in the market


10 months ago.

I have been using it on my Mi Notebook Pro and it is a monster in IO


3 months ago.

Bought this used for $25, and it simply blew my 120 GB SSD out of the water! Fastest drive of any kind that I have ever had.

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