Average Bench: 177% (124th of 1069)

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%
238GB free
Firmware: 4L1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 513 325 326 325 326 326 MB/s
Read 2,075
Write 1,366
Mixed 884
SusWrite 357
259% 1,170 MB/s
4K Read 64
4K Write 169
4K Mixed 86.1
297% 106 MB/s
DQ Read 1,589
DQ Write 1,262
DQ Mixed 1,063
894% 1,304 MB/s
90GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 371 195 194 191 188 183 MB/s
Read 1,588
Write 1050
Mixed 704
SusWrite 220
197% 890 MB/s
4K Read 35.6
4K Write 65.5
4K Mixed 45.2
146% 48.8 MB/s
DQ Read 433
DQ Write 284
DQ Mixed 305
242% 340 MB/s
205GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L7QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 426 313 317 320 325 319 MB/s
Read 840
Write 549
Mixed 595
SusWrite 336
129% 580 MB/s
4K Read 32
4K Write 66.6
4K Mixed 44
140% 47.5 MB/s
DQ Read 448
DQ Write 234
DQ Mixed 301
234% 327 MB/s
145GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L7QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 400 307 313 311 312 310 MB/s
Read 683
Write 463
Mixed 410
SusWrite 325
105% 471 MB/s
4K Read 19.6
4K Write 20.4
4K Mixed 20.4
67% 20.1 MB/s
DQ Read 180
DQ Write 234
DQ Mixed 126
118% 180 MB/s
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Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 4,258 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 11%
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Desktop 64%
Workstation 11%
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19 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


2 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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