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Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e

The Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP is a M.2 22x80 SSD with a rated capacity of 512 GB. It relies on the modern PCIe 3.0 x4 (NVMe 1.2) interface for data transfer. The drive is based on 2-bit MLC memory paired with Samsung's very own Polaris controller.

Performance

The rated sequential read and write rates are at 3200 and 1700 MB/s, respectively. These were not confirmed in our independent testing with CrystalDiskMark 3. Still, the performance is good enough for any activities including content creation and gaming.

Notebookcheck says:

... The 512-GB NVMe model SM961 is used in many gaming notebooks - Asus GM501 Laptop Review | April 2018

... SM961 NVMe SSD is one of the current best storage drives around - Lenovo Legion Y920 Laptop Review | August 2017

TypeSSD
Sizem.2 2280
Capacity512 GB
InterfaceNVMe
Announced01.01.2016

Benchmarks

AS SSD - Copy Game
min: 581     avg: 943     median: 933 (16%)     max: 1217 MB/s
AS SSD - Copy Program
min: 256.1     avg: 365.6     median: 400.6 (15%)     max: 447.3 MB/s
AS SSD - Copy ISO
min: 1272     avg: 1720     median: 1722 (16%)     max: 2145 MB/s
AS SSD - Score Total
min: 1852     avg: 3447     median: 3681 (27%)     max: 4020 Points
AS SSD - Score Write
min: 104     avg: 1267     median: 1440 (20%)     max: 1507 Points
AS SSD - Score Read
min: 1072     avg: 1475     median: 1534 (6%)     max: 2067 Points
AS SSD - Access Time Write *
min: 0.023     avg: 0.2     median: 0 (0%)     max: 2.38 ms
AS SSD - Access Time Read *
min: 0.036     avg: 0     median: 0 (0%)     max: 0.068 ms
AS SSD - 4K-64 Write
min: 67.9     avg: 1009     median: 1151 (19%)     max: 1220 MB/s
AS SSD - 4K-64 Read
min: 744     avg: 1170     median: 1220 (35%)     max: 1762 MB/s
AS SSD - 4K Write
min: 1.6     avg: 114.2     median: 127.1 (25%)     max: 155.3 MB/s
AS SSD - 4K Read
min: 38.88     avg: 47.8     median: 48.2 (15%)     max: 51.5 MB/s
AS SSD - Sequential Write
min: 349.6     avg: 1438     median: 1588 (14%)     max: 1694 MB/s
AS SSD - Sequential Read
min: 1369     avg: 2576     median: 2719 (21%)     max: 2826 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 - 4K QD32 Write
min: 355.3     avg: 500     median: 509 (50%)     max: 595 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 - 4K QD32 Read
min: 454.1     avg: 588     median: 607 (47%)     max: 645 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 - 4K Write
min: 87.4     avg: 147.9     median: 154.9 (18%)     max: 182 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 - 4K Read
min: 42.86     avg: 52.4     median: 54 (1%)     max: 56.5 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 - 512K Write
min: 748     avg: 1335     median: 1279 (29%)     max: 1611 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 - 512K Read
min: 391.4     avg: 426.3     median: 413.8 (12%)     max: 499.7 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 - Sequential Write
min: 1546     avg: 1595     median: 1596 (28%)     max: 1662 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 - Sequential Read
min: 1381     avg: 2154     median: 2229 (44%)     max: 2791 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6 - CDM 5/6 Write 4K
min: 96     avg: 168.1     median: 178.7 (16%)     max: 220.2 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6 - CDM 5/6 Read 4K
min: 42.64     avg: 52.6     median: 55.6 (1%)     max: 59.7 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6 - CDM 5 Write Seq
min: 1307     avg: 1600     median: 1631 (9%)     max: 1694 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6 - CDM 5 Read Seq
min: 999     avg: 1886     median: 1714 (21%)     max: 2935 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6 - CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1
min: 269.5     avg: 492.8     median: 534 (18%)     max: 606 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6 - CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1
min: 325.6     avg: 547     median: 556 (9%)     max: 654 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6 - CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1
min: 1519     avg: 1645     median: 1659 (11%)     max: 1705 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6 - CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1
min: 1769     avg: 3118     median: 3310 (18%)     max: 3474 MB/s
PCMark 8 - PCMark 8 Storage v2
min: 5025     avg: 5044     median: 5045 (98%)     max: 5063 Points
HD Tune Transfer Rate Minimum - HD Tune Transfer Rate Minimum
min: 59.5     avg: 565     median: 564.8 (28%)     max: 1070 MB/s
HD Tune Transfer Rate Average - HD Tune Transfer Rate Average
min: 104.2     avg: 823     median: 823.1 (34%)     max: 1542 MB/s
HD Tune Transfer Rate Maximum - HD Tune Transfer Rate Maximum
min: 136.2     avg: 855     median: 854.6 (34%)     max: 1573 MB/s
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