Average Bench: 196% (104th of 1074)

more Based on 44,403 user benchmarks.  Models: NVMe SAMSUNG MZVLW512, NVMe PM961 NVMe SAMSU, PM961 NVMe SAMSUNG 512GB, SAMSUNG MZVLW512HMJP-000H1, SAMSUNG MZVLW512HMJP-000L2, SAMSUNG MZVLW512HMJP-000L7, SAMSUNG MZVLW512HMJP-00000

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB averaged 96.1% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 762MB/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 512GB is 133%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. Sustained Write Speed 560MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 739MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 44,403 samples)
Min Avg Max
712 Read 1,444 1,964
562 Write 1,165 1,524
481 Mixed 739 938
265 SusWrite 560 677
218% 977 MB/s
Min Avg Max
29.1 4K Read 50.8 61.1
45.6 4K Write 113 165
29.8 4K Mixed 62.7 82.7
217% 75.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
405 DQ Read 974 1,554
196 DQ Write 701 1,202
244 DQ Mixed 762 1,135
590% 812 MB/s
User Benchmarks BenchSequentialRandom 4kDeep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
249GB free
Firmware: CXY73H1Q Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 879 644 627 603 599 587 MB/s
Read 1,873
Write 1,556
Mixed 992
SusWrite 656
283% 1,269 MB/s
4K Read 54.5
4K Write 131
4K Mixed 72.4
244% 85.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,113
DQ Write 883
DQ Mixed 966
732% 988 MB/s
372GB free
Firmware: CXY7501Q Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 816 647 644 641 619 618 MB/s
Read 1,296
Write 1,128
Mixed 738
SusWrite 664
214% 956 MB/s
4K Read 43.2
4K Write 108
4K Mixed 58.3
197% 69.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,206
DQ Write 885
DQ Mixed 988
754% 1,026 MB/s
429GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXY7 Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 835 642 649 649 649 648 MB/s
Read 1,530
Write 1,413
Mixed 671
SusWrite 679
239% 1,073 MB/s
4K Read 49.4
4K Write 79.6
4K Mixed 55.4
188% 61.5 MB/s
DQ Read 737
DQ Write 506
DQ Mixed 595
452% 613 MB/s
422GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 7L7QCXY7 Max speed: PCIe 16,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 371 300 295 282 282 276 MB/s
Read 511
Write 409
Mixed 263
SusWrite 301
83% 371 MB/s
4K Read 11
4K Write 17.9
4K Mixed 14
44% 14.3 MB/s
DQ Read 226
DQ Write 87.6
DQ Mixed 160
117% 158 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 75,944,788 SSDs tested

Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 4,040 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings
Gaming 11%
Tree trunk
Desktop 63%
Workstation 11%
Tree trunk

System: Dell XPS 15 9560 - $1,300


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3 years ago.

Very fast, storage is a little limiting if you're going to install big files.


6 years ago.

I own it, got it virtually brand new at 2nd hand price


5 years ago.

Dreadful performance on non-sequential writes. Like a cheap thumbdrive.

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