Average Bench: 181% (84th of 1011)

Based on 3,281 user benchmarks.  Models: NVMe PM961 NVMe SAMSU, PM961 NVMe SAMSUNG 256GB

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB averaged 81.4% 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 717MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 873MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 137%. 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 696MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,281 samples)
Min Avg Max
691 Read 1,556 2,006
498 Write 1,037 1,343
368 Mixed 696 952
175 SusWrite 302 354
199% 898 MB/s
Min Avg Max
23.8 4K Read 50.8 61.3
41.8 4K Write 108 160
29.7 4K Mixed 61.8 80.9
214% 73.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
193 DQ Read 873 1,435
141 DQ Write 696 1,089
166 DQ Mixed 717 1,018
555% 762 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
140GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 468 294 296 293 292 293 MB/s
Read 1,820
Write 1,150
Mixed 741
SusWrite 323
223% 1,008 MB/s
4K Read 58.8
4K Write 154
4K Mixed 79.2
272% 97.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,448
DQ Write 1,013
DQ Mixed 973
796% 1,145 MB/s
182GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 478 319 321 320 319 321 MB/s
Read 1,602
Write 1,156
Mixed 698
SusWrite 346
211% 951 MB/s
4K Read 51.2
4K Write 115
4K Mixed 68.9
227% 78.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1007
DQ Write 886
DQ Mixed 868
672% 920 MB/s
112GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 507 315 314 316 315 316 MB/s
Read 1,891
Write 1,346
Mixed 934
SusWrite 347
250% 1,129 MB/s
4K Read 49.9
4K Write 99.7
4K Mixed 63.7
210% 71.1 MB/s
DQ Read 516
DQ Write 486
DQ Mixed 466
359% 489 MB/s
193GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 478 324 323 322 320 320 MB/s
Read 1,151
Write 1,154
Mixed 728
SusWrite 348
189% 845 MB/s
4K Read 41.9
4K Write 141
4K Mixed 38.5
187% 73.7 MB/s
DQ Read 889
DQ Write 956
DQ Mixed 796
634% 880 MB/s
108GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 446 302 310 305 304 304 MB/s
Read 1,008
Write 1,059
Mixed 687
SusWrite 328
172% 771 MB/s
4K Read 40.3
4K Write 117
4K Mixed 66.3
208% 74.6 MB/s
DQ Read 457
DQ Write 355
DQ Mixed 349
276% 387 MB/s
78GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 158 161 147 197 240 209 MB/s
Read 1188
Write 644
Mixed 580
SusWrite 185
143% 649 MB/s
4K Read 42.1
4K Write 43.8
4K Mixed 37.9
136% 41.3 MB/s
DQ Read 504
DQ Write 148
DQ Mixed 196
178% 282 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 16,818,585 SSDs tested.

Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 8,603 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 17%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 71%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Speed boat

System: Dell Inspiron 7577

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