Average Bench: 178% (78th of 1003)

Based on 3,079 user benchmarks.  Models: NVMe PM961 NVMe SAMSU, PM961 NVMe SAMSUNG 256GB

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB averaged 77.9% 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 696MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 1,533MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 139%. 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 302MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 713MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,079 samples)
Min Avg Max
639 Read 1,533 2,011
421 Write 1,041 1,342
377 Mixed 713 990
177 SusWrite 302 353
199% 897 MB/s
Min Avg Max
23.8 4K Read 48.1 61.1
41.2 4K Write 106 157
29.8 4K Mixed 61.3 80.1
207% 71.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
150 DQ Read 846 1,414
132 DQ Write 680 1,115
143 DQ Mixed 696 1,026
539% 740 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
74GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 476 327 326 327 270 209 MB/s
Read 1,941
Write 1,108
Mixed 727
SusWrite 322
226% 1,025 MB/s
4K Read 54.4
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 68.1
230% 78.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1081
DQ Write 836
DQ Mixed 892
686% 936 MB/s
123GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 415 262 261 259 259 257 MB/s
Read 1,740
Write 1,151
Mixed 693
SusWrite 286
214% 967 MB/s
4K Read 55.5
4K Write 126
4K Mixed 70.7
241% 84 MB/s
DQ Read 1,157
DQ Write 972
DQ Mixed 943
739% 1,024 MB/s
74GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 415 240 228 219 210 205 MB/s
Read 1,947
Write 1,096
Mixed 770
SusWrite 253
224% 1,016 MB/s
4K Read 54.4
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 68.2
229% 78.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,093
DQ Write 850
DQ Mixed 910
698% 951 MB/s
101GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 486 311 314 318 259 221 MB/s
Read 1,866
Write 1,100
Mixed 631
SusWrite 318
215% 979 MB/s
4K Read 51.1
4K Write 130
4K Mixed 69
235% 83.5 MB/s
DQ Read 892
DQ Write 753
DQ Mixed 802
607% 816 MB/s
86GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 413 235 219 203 185 170 MB/s
Read 1,988
Write 1,187
Mixed 802
SusWrite 238
232% 1,054 MB/s
4K Read 54.3
4K Write 118
4K Mixed 68
232% 80 MB/s
DQ Read 771
DQ Write 683
DQ Mixed 740
551% 732 MB/s
175GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 439 323 325 326 324 324 MB/s
Read 1458
Write 881
Mixed 659
SusWrite 344
185% 835 MB/s
4K Read 52.6
4K Write 154
4K Mixed 75.3
258% 93.9 MB/s
DQ Read 991
DQ Write 619
DQ Mixed 854
624% 822 MB/s
129GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 448 281 278 277 276 275 MB/s
Read 1,871
Write 1,086
Mixed 653
SusWrite 306
216% 979 MB/s
4K Read 49.7
4K Write 100
4K Mixed 63.3
210% 71.1 MB/s
DQ Read 795
DQ Write 662
DQ Mixed 738
550% 732 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 15,035,580 SSDs tested.

Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 7,992 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 17%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 44%
Speed boat

System: Dell Inspiron 7577

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