Average Bench: 180% (113th of 1058)

more Based on 75,023 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 80.2% 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 741MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 946MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 123%. 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 298MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 665MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 75,023 samples)
Min Avg Max
707 Read 1,457 2,003
521 Write 1,004 1,330
412 Mixed 665 909
175 SusWrite 298 357
190% 856 MB/s
Min Avg Max
28.8 4K Read 53.8 61.4
41.4 4K Write 110 164
26.1 4K Mixed 61.7 82.1
219% 75.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
388 DQ Read 946 1,569
194 DQ Write 715 1,179
241 DQ Mixed 741 1,049
578% 801 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
201GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L1QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 483 325 333 333 331 333 MB/s
Read 1,978
Write 1,129
Mixed 838
SusWrite 356
237% 1,075 MB/s
4K Read 62.9
4K Write 163
4K Mixed 84.2
289% 103 MB/s
DQ Read 1,334
DQ Write 1,070
DQ Mixed 1,008
807% 1,137 MB/s
128GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L7QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 487 278 264 252 248 245 MB/s
Read 1,937
Write 1,188
Mixed 828
SusWrite 296
234% 1,062 MB/s
4K Read 59.2
4K Write 142
4K Mixed 78.3
265% 93.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,240
DQ Write 997
DQ Mixed 948
756% 1,062 MB/s
186GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L1QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 493 328 329 330 326 329 MB/s
Read 1,284
Write 1,037
Mixed 771
SusWrite 356
192% 862 MB/s
4K Read 60.7
4K Write 169
4K Mixed 84.7
290% 105 MB/s
DQ Read 1,590
DQ Write 1,243
DQ Mixed 1,113
915% 1,315 MB/s
156GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L1QCXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 461 286 289 299 299 296 MB/s
Read 1,901
Write 1,268
Mixed 845
SusWrite 322
240% 1,084 MB/s
4K Read 49.5
4K Write 118
4K Mixed 65.5
221% 77.7 MB/s
DQ Read 765
DQ Write 591
DQ Mixed 673
505% 676 MB/s
201GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73H1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 476 331 335 335 335 333 MB/s
Read 872
Write 945
Mixed 602
SusWrite 357
156% 694 MB/s
4K Read 53.5
4K Write 115
4K Mixed 67.7
229% 78.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,094
DQ Write 862
DQ Mixed 895
692% 950 MB/s
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Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 9,845 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 8%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 66%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 7%
Tree trunk

System: Lenovo 80WK

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 38% - Below average Total price: $54

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 Comments

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Good

18 months ago.

Simply there are faster alternatives in the market


Good

6 months ago.

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


Excellent

13 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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