Average Bench: 185% (96th of 1040)

more Based on 63,352 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 85.3% 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 771MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 974MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 129%. 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 303MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 677MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 63,352 samples)
Min Avg Max
739 Read 1,493 2,002
472 Write 1,014 1,332
429 Mixed 677 923
176 SusWrite 303 356
193% 872 MB/s
Min Avg Max
24.2 4K Read 56.7 62.1
39.6 4K Write 112 166
26.7 4K Mixed 62.4 81.6
225% 76.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
331 DQ Read 974 1,480
193 DQ Write 760 1,123
258 DQ Mixed 771 1,028
603% 835 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
99GB free
Firmware: CXB7201Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 512 328 325 326 326 325 MB/s
Read 1,980
Write 1,301
Mixed 896
SusWrite 357
251% 1,134 MB/s
4K Read 58.3
4K Write 152
4K Mixed 79.1
270% 96.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,092
DQ Write 1,049
DQ Mixed 964
753% 1,035 MB/s
179GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 464 306 313 322 322 317 MB/s
Read 1,595
Write 1,100
Mixed 652
SusWrite 340
204% 922 MB/s
4K Read 54.1
4K Write 141
4K Mixed 74.5
252% 90 MB/s
DQ Read 1,369
DQ Write 918
DQ Mixed 969
770% 1,085 MB/s
163GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73H1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 433 281 288 280 279 277 MB/s
Read 1,764
Write 1,092
Mixed 699
SusWrite 306
213% 965 MB/s
4K Read 51.4
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 67.4
224% 77.5 MB/s
DQ Read 960
DQ Write 815
DQ Mixed 827
636% 867 MB/s
213GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB7201Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 469 305 303 307 305 305 MB/s
Read 869
Write 847
Mixed 583
SusWrite 332
147% 658 MB/s
4K Read 53.4
4K Write 121
4K Mixed 71.3
236% 82 MB/s
DQ Read 907
DQ Write 762
DQ Mixed 810
613% 826 MB/s
209GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB7201Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 451 307 308 309 308 307 MB/s
Read 852
Write 789
Mixed 581
SusWrite 332
143% 638 MB/s
4K Read 54.9
4K Write 119
4K Mixed 70.4
236% 81.5 MB/s
DQ Read 875
DQ Write 756
DQ Mixed 790
599% 807 MB/s
168GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L7QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 426 318 326 324 305 321 MB/s
Read 1,170
Write 790
Mixed 580
SusWrite 337
160% 719 MB/s
4K Read 30.6
4K Write 42.7
4K Mixed 21.3
96% 31.5 MB/s
DQ Read 202
DQ Write 212
DQ Mixed 75.3
93% 163 MB/s
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Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 8,385 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 8%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 67%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 7%
Tree trunk

System: Lenovo 80WK

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 39% - Below average Total price: $54

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 Comments

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Good

16 months ago.

Simply there are faster alternatives in the market


Good

3 months ago.

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


Excellent

11 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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