Average Bench: 177% (126th of 1071)

more Based on 99,566 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 76.9% 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 733MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 976MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 130%. 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 306MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 650MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 99,566 samples)
Min Avg Max
657 Read 1,379 1,988
410 Write 971 1,330
367 Mixed 650 937
170 SusWrite 306 356
183% 827 MB/s
Min Avg Max
25.2 4K Read 52.5 61.3
40 4K Write 108 165
25.8 4K Mixed 61.2 80.9
215% 74 MB/s
Min Avg Max
341 DQ Read 976 1,555
168 DQ Write 691 1,116
204 DQ Mixed 733 1,021
574% 800 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
104GB free
Firmware: 3L7QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 497 324 326 326 326 326 MB/s
Read 1,916
Write 1,324
Mixed 892
SusWrite 354
248% 1,122 MB/s
4K Read 59.9
4K Write 153
4K Mixed 78.5
273% 97.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,445
DQ Write 1,098
DQ Mixed 971
808% 1,171 MB/s
64GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L7QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 378 194 192 186 177 178 MB/s
Read 1,787
Write 1,015
Mixed 770
SusWrite 218
209% 947 MB/s
4K Read 43.5
4K Write 76.4
4K Mixed 52
173% 57.3 MB/s
DQ Read 877
DQ Write 521
DQ Mixed 686
514% 695 MB/s
194GB free
Firmware: CXB73H1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 509 321 322 322 321 322 MB/s
Read 1,461
Write 1,273
Mixed 845
SusWrite 353
219% 983 MB/s
4K Read 33.6
4K Write 89.1
4K Mixed 41.4
151% 54.7 MB/s
DQ Read 887
DQ Write 632
DQ Mixed 768
572% 762 MB/s
73GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L7QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 399 210 210 208 203 200 MB/s
Read 1465
Write 1,080
Mixed 679
SusWrite 238
192% 866 MB/s
4K Read 36.4
4K Write 66.6
4K Mixed 46.1
150% 49.7 MB/s
DQ Read 804
DQ Write 447
DQ Mixed 603
454% 618 MB/s
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Desktop 60%
Workstation 10%
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System: Lenovo 80WK

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23 months ago.

Simply there are faster alternatives in the market


2 years ago.

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


3 years 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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