Average Bench: 184% (97th of 1037)

more Based on 62,194 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 84.5% 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 777MB/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 136%. 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 306MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 678MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 62,194 samples)
Min Avg Max
699 Read 1,475 1,995
558 Write 1,022 1,323
435 Mixed 678 948
186 SusWrite 306 356
193% 870 MB/s
Min Avg Max
27.6 4K Read 52.5 62.5
42.6 4K Write 114 171
24.6 4K Mixed 63.5 84
221% 76.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
312 DQ Read 974 1,545
235 DQ Write 769 1,160
260 DQ Mixed 777 1,067
607% 840 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
131GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L7QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 501 325 328 328 328 315 MB/s
Read 1,318
Write 1,091
Mixed 694
SusWrite 354
192% 864 MB/s
4K Read 55
4K Write 135
4K Mixed 72.3
248% 87.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,196
DQ Write 1,040
DQ Mixed 950
758% 1,062 MB/s
167GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB7401Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 297 310 315 313 294 279 MB/s
Read 770
Write 315
Mixed 283
SusWrite 301
92% 418 MB/s
4K Read 23.5
4K Write 107
4K Mixed 24.7
124% 51.8 MB/s
DQ Read 720
DQ Write 312
DQ Mixed 404
329% 479 MB/s
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Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 5,776 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 8%
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Desktop
Desktop 67%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 7%
Tree trunk

System: Lenovo 80WK

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 41% - Average Total price: $50

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 Comments

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Good

12 months ago.

Simply there are faster alternatives in the market


Good

3 days ago.

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


Excellent

7 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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