Average Bench: 183% (105th of 1058)

Based on 5,984 user benchmarks.  Models: NVMe PM961 NVMe SAMSU, PM961 NVMe SAMSUNG 256GB

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB averaged 83.3% 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 732MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 903MB/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 310MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 711MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 5,984 samples)
Min Avg Max
735 Read 1,556 2,021
524 Write 1,052 1,342
448 Mixed 711 981
188 SusWrite 310 356
201% 908 MB/s
Min Avg Max
25.5 4K Read 51 61.7
42.7 4K Write 110 158
28.4 4K Mixed 62.6 80.7
216% 74.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
257 DQ Read 903 1,400
162 DQ Write 691 1,105
220 DQ Mixed 732 1,047
565% 775 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
113GB free
Firmware: CXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 514 325 324 324 325 323 MB/s
Read 2014
Write 1376
Mixed 1,080
SusWrite 356
267% 1,207 MB/s
4K Read 55.7
4K Write 129
4K Mixed 75.4
249% 86.8 MB/s
DQ Read 995
DQ Write 896
DQ Mixed 899
687% 930 MB/s
113GB free
Firmware: CXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 517 328 323 323 324 326 MB/s
Read 2,008
Write 1,351
Mixed 1,104
SusWrite 357
267% 1,205 MB/s
4K Read 57.3
4K Write 129
4K Mixed 73.3
249% 86.7 MB/s
DQ Read 957
DQ Write 866
DQ Mixed 874
666% 899 MB/s
136GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 472 331 332 330 331 331 MB/s
Read 1,358
Write 923
Mixed 659
SusWrite 355
183% 824 MB/s
4K Read 53.6
4K Write 124
4K Mixed 66.9
233% 81.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,396
DQ Write 923
DQ Mixed 902
742% 1,074 MB/s
185GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 409 284 328 331 324 331 MB/s
Read 1,476
Write 1,130
Mixed 777
SusWrite 334
206% 929 MB/s
4K Read 53.4
4K Write 99.6
4K Mixed 65.9
218% 73 MB/s
DQ Read 333
DQ Write 209
DQ Mixed 282
207% 275 MB/s
129GB free
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 439 310 304 307 320 324 MB/s
Read 702
Write 882
Mixed 572
SusWrite 334
140% 622 MB/s
4K Read 46.7
4K Write 88.5
4K Mixed 53.2
186% 62.8 MB/s
DQ Read 871
DQ Write 348
DQ Mixed 754
520% 658 MB/s
129GB free
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 477 325 326 325 328 328 MB/s
Read 645
Write 685
Mixed 436
SusWrite 351
119% 529 MB/s
4K Read 37.5
4K Write 77.2
4K Mixed 50.4
162% 55 MB/s
DQ Read 733
DQ Write 285
DQ Mixed 634
436% 551 MB/s
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Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 5,481 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 8%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 67%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 8%
Tree trunk

System: Dell Inspiron 7577

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