Average Bench: 186% (79th of 1011)

Based on 3,452 user benchmarks.  Models: NVMe PM961 NVMe SAMSU, PM961 NVMe SAMSUNG 256GB

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB averaged 86.0% 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 742MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 898MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 132%. 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 306MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 705MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,452 samples)
Min Avg Max
750 Read 1,603 2,014
562 Write 1,055 1,341
368 Mixed 705 960
190 SusWrite 306 355
203% 917 MB/s
Min Avg Max
27.6 4K Read 52.2 61.1
48.4 4K Write 110 159
31.9 4K Mixed 62.8 80.9
218% 75.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
241 DQ Read 898 1,425
172 DQ Write 721 1,100
220 DQ Mixed 742 1,021
574% 787 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
174GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 480 321 318 320 317 318 MB/s
Read 1971
Write 1,182
Mixed 750
SusWrite 346
234% 1,062 MB/s
4K Read 59.6
4K Write 137
4K Mixed 75.7
260% 90.6 MB/s
DQ Read 1,000
DQ Write 814
DQ Mixed 870
661% 895 MB/s
159GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 476 314 314 316 317 316 MB/s
Read 1,902
Write 1,143
Mixed 748
SusWrite 342
228% 1,034 MB/s
4K Read 54.8
4K Write 132
4K Mixed 73.8
248% 86.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,044
DQ Write 933
DQ Mixed 907
702% 961 MB/s
92GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 476 319 324 324 322 248 MB/s
Read 1,978
Write 1,128
Mixed 786
SusWrite 335
233% 1,057 MB/s
4K Read 58.2
4K Write 140
4K Mixed 76.6
261% 91.7 MB/s
DQ Read 653
DQ Write 439
DQ Mixed 312
296% 468 MB/s
81GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 458 286 283 279 272 270 MB/s
Read 1,935
Write 1201
Mixed 843
SusWrite 308
237% 1,072 MB/s
4K Read 52.6
4K Write 110
4K Mixed 64.1
220% 75.7 MB/s
DQ Read 871
DQ Write 665
DQ Mixed 724
554% 754 MB/s
169GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 428 325 321 318 325 310 MB/s
Read 1,700
Write 1,014
Mixed 692
SusWrite 338
207% 936 MB/s
4K Read 38.6
4K Write 75.9
4K Mixed 47.5
160% 54 MB/s
DQ Read 634
DQ Write 572
DQ Mixed 612
457% 606 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 18,319,793 SSDs tested.

Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 9,092 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 15%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 41%
Speed boat

System: Dell Inspiron 7577

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