Average Bench: 199% (87th of 1058)

more Based on 35,983 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 98.5% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 753MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 934MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 126%. 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 553MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 754MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 35,983 samples)
Min Avg Max
758 Read 1,512 1,995
631 Write 1,205 1,533
508 Mixed 754 937
270 SusWrite 553 674
224% 1,006 MB/s
Min Avg Max
29.7 4K Read 52.1 60.8
45.2 4K Write 114 163
29.2 4K Mixed 63.2 81.1
220% 76.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
369 DQ Read 934 1,464
145 DQ Write 702 1,238
207 DQ Mixed 753 1,126
580% 796 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
447GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXY73H1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 848 629 619 617 616 617 MB/s
Read 1,872
Write 1,544
Mixed 914
SusWrite 658
278% 1247 MB/s
4K Read 54.3
4K Write 122
4K Mixed 71.3
238% 82.6 MB/s
DQ Read 994
DQ Write 837
DQ Mixed 904
680% 912 MB/s
304GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXY73H1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 668 642 626 632 642 733 MB/s
Read 647
Write 602
Mixed 489
SusWrite 657
135% 599 MB/s
4K Read 52.3
4K Write 138
4K Mixed 72.5
245% 87.5 MB/s
DQ Read 791
DQ Write 571
DQ Mixed 673
505% 678 MB/s
136GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXY7501Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 569 340 331 332 319 318 MB/s
Read 812
Write 770
Mixed 545
SusWrite 368
140% 624 MB/s
4K Read 14.6
4K Write 38.3
4K Mixed 20.2
68% 24.4 MB/s
DQ Read 202
DQ Write 127
DQ Mixed 193
136% 174 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 44,074,796 SSDs tested.

Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 5,681 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 13%
Tree trunk
Desktop 75%
Workstation 12%
Tree trunk

System: Razer Blade


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9 months ago.

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


3 years ago.

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


2 years ago.

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

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