Average Bench: 187% (94th of 1040)

Based on 4,046 user benchmarks.  Models: NVMe PM961 NVMe SAMSU, PM961 NVMe SAMSUNG 256GB

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB averaged 87.3% 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 730MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 1,631MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 128%. 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 303MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 712MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 4,046 samples)
Min Avg Max
793 Read 1,631 2,020
553 Write 1,058 1,343
423 Mixed 712 975
170 SusWrite 303 356
205% 926 MB/s
Min Avg Max
28.1 4K Read 56.5 61.4
35.8 4K Write 110 159
25 4K Mixed 62.3 79.9
223% 76.2 MB/s
Min Avg Max
318 DQ Read 889 1,412
190 DQ Write 705 1,155
236 DQ Mixed 730 1,027
564% 775 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
168GB free
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 490 321 321 321 321 321 MB/s
Read 1,850
Write 1,214
Mixed 794
SusWrite 349
233% 1,052 MB/s
4K Read 57.3
4K Write 136
4K Mixed 76.9
257% 89.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,405
DQ Write 1,148
DQ Mixed 1,018
832% 1,190 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 32,752,639 SSDs tested.

Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 2,911 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 9%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 67%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 8%
Tree trunk

System: Dell Inspiron 7577

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