Average Bench: 179% (86th of 1011)

more Based on 42,206 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 79.4% 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 734MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 927MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 126%. 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 312MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 664MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 42,206 samples)
Min Avg Max
734 Read 1,424 1,989
622 Write 1,025 1,320
463 Mixed 664 901
200 SusWrite 312 353
190% 856 MB/s
Min Avg Max
26.1 4K Read 51.2 61.7
53.3 4K Write 111 164
27.7 4K Mixed 61.8 81.6
215% 74.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
127 DQ Read 927 1,513
137 DQ Write 740 1,132
79.3 DQ Mixed 734 1,011
576% 800 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
142GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73H1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 438 328 327 327 327 327 MB/s
Read 1,644
Write 1,038
Mixed 612
SusWrite 346
201% 910 MB/s
4K Read 58.9
4K Write 139
4K Mixed 76.6
261% 91.6 MB/s
DQ Read 1,163
DQ Write 977
DQ Mixed 878
710% 1,006 MB/s
200GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB7401Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 458 321 332 330 331 329 MB/s
Read 1,575
Write 1,108
Mixed 669
SusWrite 350
205% 925 MB/s
4K Read 56.7
4K Write 135
4K Mixed 74.1
252% 88.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,110
DQ Write 946
DQ Mixed 939
728% 998 MB/s
169GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73H1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 488 327 326 327 327 322 MB/s
Read 1,146
Write 933
Mixed 615
SusWrite 353
170% 762 MB/s
4K Read 55
4K Write 115
4K Mixed 69.5
233% 79.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,214
DQ Write 873
DQ Mixed 910
716% 999 MB/s
169GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73H1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 488 325 327 326 327 327 MB/s
Read 1,027
Write 926
Mixed 630
SusWrite 353
164% 734 MB/s
4K Read 54.6
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 68.3
231% 79.1 MB/s
DQ Read 1,212
DQ Write 889
DQ Mixed 940
732% 1,014 MB/s
116GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB7401Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 472 313 314 314 311 311 MB/s
Read 1,150
Write 1,051
Mixed 601
SusWrite 339
175% 785 MB/s
4K Read 53.4
4K Write 117
4K Mixed 67.3
229% 79.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,009
DQ Write 838
DQ Mixed 863
663% 903 MB/s
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Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 18,778 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 15%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 71%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Speed boat

System: Lenovo 80WK

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 29% - Poor Total price: $76

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 Comments

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Good

8 months ago.

Simply there are faster alternatives in the market


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


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