Average Bench: 185% (81st of 1011)

Based on 3,581 user benchmarks.  Models: NVMe PM961 NVMe SAMSU, PM961 NVMe SAMSUNG 256GB

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB averaged 85.5% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 731MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 896MB/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 307MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 707MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,581 samples)
Min Avg Max
741 Read 1,591 2,014
592 Write 1,061 1,335
429 Mixed 707 972
182 SusWrite 307 355
203% 916 MB/s
Min Avg Max
29.1 4K Read 52.7 60.9
48.5 4K Write 109 158
29.3 4K Mixed 62.6 80.9
218% 74.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
241 DQ Read 896 1,427
163 DQ Write 721 1,097
163 DQ Mixed 731 1,018
568% 783 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
143GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 467 282 281 278 275 273 MB/s
Read 2,080
Write 1,346
Mixed 994
SusWrite 309
261% 1,182 MB/s
4K Read 61.2
4K Write 151
4K Mixed 80.6
276% 97.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,248
DQ Write 928
DQ Mixed 988
766% 1,055 MB/s
191GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 483 313 319 321 327 327 MB/s
Read 1970
Write 1,154
Mixed 743
SusWrite 348
232% 1,054 MB/s
4K Read 60.5
4K Write 149
4K Mixed 78.8
272% 96.1 MB/s
DQ Read 1,270
DQ Write 1022
DQ Mixed 966
772% 1,086 MB/s
193GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 395 322 324 327 325 313 MB/s
Read 1,951
Write 1,191
Mixed 789
SusWrite 334
235% 1,067 MB/s
4K Read 59.5
4K Write 146
4K Mixed 77.1
266% 94.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,246
DQ Write 1,047
DQ Mixed 971
775% 1,088 MB/s
132GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 451 288 287 291 278 289 MB/s
Read 1913
Write 1,143
Mixed 784
SusWrite 314
229% 1,038 MB/s
4K Read 58.7
4K Write 144
4K Mixed 76.3
263% 92.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,058
DQ Write 891
DQ Mixed 908
698% 952 MB/s
161GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 463 311 312 321 327 324 MB/s
Read 1,640
Write 1,164
Mixed 722
SusWrite 343
214% 967 MB/s
4K Read 52.7
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 66.5
226% 77.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,141
DQ Write 965
DQ Mixed 844
689% 983 MB/s
169GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 472 323 323 324 325 323 MB/s
Read 1,789
Write 1,182
Mixed 684
SusWrite 348
221% 1,001 MB/s
4K Read 44.2
4K Write 122
4K Mixed 64.3
214% 76.8 MB/s
DQ Read 904
DQ Write 778
DQ Mixed 812
616% 831 MB/s
188GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 465 326 327 327 327 327 MB/s
Read 1,573
Write 1,146
Mixed 520
SusWrite 350
198% 897 MB/s
4K Read 51.2
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 66.4
223% 77.3 MB/s
DQ Read 686
DQ Write 346
DQ Mixed 582
415% 538 MB/s
143GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 445 296 293 283 281 277 MB/s
Read 562
Write 911
Mixed 365
SusWrite 312
121% 538 MB/s
4K Read 42.3
4K Write 80.1
4K Mixed 52.9
174% 58.4 MB/s
DQ Read 626
DQ Write 267
DQ Mixed 575
392% 489 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,849,350 SSDs tested.

Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 9,566 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 15%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 71%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 41%
Speed boat

System: Dell Inspiron 7577

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