Average Bench: 184% (93rd of 1026)

Based on 4,080 user benchmarks.  Models: NVMe PM961 NVMe SAMSU, PM961 NVMe SAMSUNG 256GB

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB averaged 84.4% 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 736MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 907MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 125%. 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 296MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 687MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 4,080 samples)
Min Avg Max
693 Read 1,566 2,022
497 Write 1,024 1,319
389 Mixed 687 924
173 SusWrite 296 356
197% 893 MB/s
Min Avg Max
29.8 4K Read 54.7 62.1
46 4K Write 109 159
30.6 4K Mixed 62.9 81.1
221% 75.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
320 DQ Read 907 1,420
171 DQ Write 709 1,098
208 DQ Mixed 736 1,015
570% 784 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
151GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 463 319 318 317 312 315 MB/s
Read 2,015
Write 1,146
Mixed 793
SusWrite 341
236% 1,074 MB/s
4K Read 56.7
4K Write 148
4K Mixed 77.1
263% 94 MB/s
DQ Read 1,230
DQ Write 1,057
DQ Mixed 977
778% 1,088 MB/s
118GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 473 296 291 288 284 280 MB/s
Read 1,678
Write 1,348
Mixed 971
SusWrite 319
240% 1,079 MB/s
4K Read 54.8
4K Write 118
4K Mixed 69.6
234% 80.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1092
DQ Write 1,014
DQ Mixed 991
761% 1,032 MB/s
144GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 456 309 311 311 310 292 MB/s
Read 1,923
Write 1,110
Mixed 749
SusWrite 331
227% 1,028 MB/s
4K Read 54.8
4K Write 117
4K Mixed 70.3
235% 80.8 MB/s
DQ Read 838
DQ Write 720
DQ Mixed 769
579% 776 MB/s
144GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 388 291 294 293 290 288 MB/s
Read 1,971
Write 1,106
Mixed 800
SusWrite 307
230% 1,046 MB/s
4K Read 54.3
4K Write 118
4K Mixed 68.1
232% 80.2 MB/s
DQ Read 821
DQ Write 738
DQ Mixed 791
590% 783 MB/s
87GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 388 197 192 186 186 132 MB/s
Read 1,986
Write 1,130
Mixed 726
SusWrite 213
223% 1,014 MB/s
4K Read 52.6
4K Write 113
4K Mixed 69.5
228% 78.3 MB/s
DQ Read 566
DQ Write 231
DQ Mixed 435
312% 411 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 28,430,628 SSDs tested.

Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 11,920 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 15%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 55%
Gunboat

System: Dell Inspiron 7577

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