Average Bench: 177% (125th of 1072)

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 BenchSequentialRandom 4kDeep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
226GB free
Firmware: CXB7401Q Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 508 322 322 319 321 322 MB/s
Read 2,010
Write 1,288
Mixed 1,099
SusWrite 352
263% 1,187 MB/s
4K Read 67.1
4K Write 212
4K Mixed 92.6
332% 124 MB/s
DQ Read 1,578
DQ Write 1,216
DQ Mixed 1,104
905% 1,299 MB/s
181GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L7QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 489 328 327 329 329 328 MB/s
Read 1,954
Write 1,210
Mixed 761
SusWrite 355
236% 1,070 MB/s
4K Read 48.4
4K Write 90.9
4K Mixed 61.8
201% 67 MB/s
DQ Read 1,243
DQ Write 980
DQ Mixed 975
766% 1,066 MB/s
101GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB7401Q Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 395 218 216 207 205 205 MB/s
Read 1662
Write 1,145
Mixed 772
SusWrite 241
211% 955 MB/s
4K Read 53.2
4K Write 111
4K Mixed 66.1
224% 76.7 MB/s
DQ Read 929
DQ Write 756
DQ Mixed 820
620% 835 MB/s
163GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L7QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 493 327 328 327 325 326 MB/s
Read 986
Write 889
Mixed 608
SusWrite 354
158% 709 MB/s
4K Read 43.7
4K Write 81.2
4K Mixed 54.4
179% 59.8 MB/s
DQ Read 686
DQ Write 393
DQ Mixed 500
383% 526 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 75,677,308 SSDs tested

Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 6,908 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings
Gaming 11%
Tree trunk
Desktop 60%
Workstation 10%
Tree trunk

System: Lenovo 80WK


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2 years ago.

Simply there are faster alternatives in the market


3 years ago.

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


4 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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