Average Bench: 178% (61st of 959)

more Based on 23,067 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 77.7% 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.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 752MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 751MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 111%. 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 323MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 672MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 23,067 samples)
Min Avg Max
742 Read 1,387 1,963
646 Write 1,039 1323
491 Mixed 672 910
235 SusWrite 323 355
190% 855 MB/s
Min Avg Max
26.7 4K Read 48.7 61.4
57.9 4K Write 110 166
30.2 4K Mixed 62.4 81.9
212% 73.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
172 DQ Read 910 1,461
285 DQ Write 751 1,083
133 DQ Mixed 752 1,017
584% 804 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
196GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 483 321 321 324 322 322 MB/s
Read 1,650
Write 1,219
Mixed 667
SusWrite 349
215% 971 MB/s
4K Read 65.8
4K Write 196
4K Mixed 88.8
317% 117 MB/s
DQ Read 1,573
DQ Write 1,149
DQ Mixed 1,031
860% 1,251 MB/s
190GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L1QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 484 305 319 317 321 321 MB/s
Read 1,715
Write 1,296
Mixed 795
SusWrite 344
230% 1,037 MB/s
4K Read 37.7
4K Write 168
4K Mixed 61.3
225% 89.2 MB/s
DQ Read 983
DQ Write 903
DQ Mixed 886
680% 924 MB/s
182GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB7401Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 413 325 327 327 325 325 MB/s
Read 1,657
Write 1094
Mixed 620
SusWrite 340
205% 928 MB/s
4K Read 46.6
4K Write 90.8
4K Mixed 59.1
194% 65.5 MB/s
DQ Read 713
DQ Write 547
DQ Mixed 667
489% 642 MB/s
116GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73H1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 475 304 302 302 297 295 MB/s
Read 1,155
Write 1,327
Mixed 734
SusWrite 329
198% 886 MB/s
4K Read 50.7
4K Write 99.2
4K Mixed 63.5
211% 71.1 MB/s
DQ Read 990
DQ Write 855
DQ Mixed 878
670% 908 MB/s
161GB free
Firmware: CXB7401Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 485 329 329 328 329 328 MB/s
Read 1204
Write 934
Mixed 745
SusWrite 355
180% 809 MB/s
4K Read 39.5
4K Write 121
4K Mixed 55.3
195% 72 MB/s
DQ Read 967
DQ Write 832
DQ Mixed 850
650% 883 MB/s
161GB free
Firmware: CXB7401Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 487 329 329 328 329 328 MB/s
Read 1,210
Write 1,030
Mixed 693
SusWrite 355
183% 822 MB/s
4K Read 39.1
4K Write 122
4K Mixed 54.3
194% 72 MB/s
DQ Read 960
DQ Write 849
DQ Mixed 861
658% 890 MB/s
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Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 10,992 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 17%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 44%
Speed boat

System: Lenovo 80WK

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 215% - Outstanding Total price: $75

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