Average Bench: 187% (85th of 1016)

Based on 3,531 user benchmarks.  Models: NVMe PM961 NVMe SAMSU, PM961 NVMe SAMSUNG 256GB

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB averaged 87.4% 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 737MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 918MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 130%. 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 720MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,531 samples)
Min Avg Max
795 Read 1,613 2,024
643 Write 1,078 1,335
455 Mixed 720 978
178 SusWrite 307 356
206% 930 MB/s
Min Avg Max
28.7 4K Read 52.2 61.8
45.8 4K Write 111 157
26.9 4K Mixed 63.2 81.8
219% 75.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
224 DQ Read 918 1,414
166 DQ Write 733 1,111
132 DQ Mixed 737 1,015
576% 796 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
80GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 433 244 242 240 239 236 MB/s
Read 1,454
Write 1,132
Mixed 751
SusWrite 272
200% 902 MB/s
4K Read 63.5
4K Write 170
4K Mixed 84.9
295% 106 MB/s
DQ Read 1390
DQ Write 1,202
DQ Mixed 1,063
860% 1,218 MB/s
175GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 454 310 323 323 322 323 MB/s
Read 1,502
Write 1,105
Mixed 632
SusWrite 343
198% 895 MB/s
4K Read 53.2
4K Write 109
4K Mixed 66.1
223% 76.2 MB/s
DQ Read 843
DQ Write 690
DQ Mixed 758
570% 764 MB/s
113GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 424 241 243 243 238 235 MB/s
Read 1,680
Write 1,303
Mixed 846
SusWrite 271
227% 1,025 MB/s
4K Read 45.1
4K Write 97.6
4K Mixed 58.9
196% 67.2 MB/s
DQ Read 810
DQ Write 657
DQ Mixed 718
542% 728 MB/s
62GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 377 211 206 200 195 194 MB/s
Read 1,667
Write 1,041
Mixed 703
SusWrite 231
201% 910 MB/s
4K Read 46.2
4K Write 77.3
4K Mixed 55.9
183% 59.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,010
DQ Write 615
DQ Mixed 740
570% 788 MB/s
184GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 282 295 303 309 298 297 MB/s
Read 1,448
Write 279
Mixed 322
SusWrite 297
127% 587 MB/s
4K Read 34.3
4K Write 81.5
4K Mixed 30.6
134% 48.8 MB/s
DQ Read 760
DQ Write 271
DQ Mixed 390
321% 474 MB/s
176GB free (System drive)
Firmware: CXB73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 435 261 311 308 315 317 MB/s
Read 876
Write 796
Mixed 639
SusWrite 324
147% 659 MB/s
4K Read 33
4K Write 28.2
4K Mixed 57.4
138% 39.5 MB/s
DQ Read 551
DQ Write 360
DQ Mixed 569
394% 493 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,680,918 SSDs tested.

Typical PM961 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 9,960 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 15%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 73%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 45%
Yacht

System: Dell Inspiron 7577

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