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Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL

The Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL is a M.2 22x80 SSD with a rated capacity of 256 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 3100 MB/s and 1400 MB/s, respectively. The drive managed to hit the latter (not the former though) in our independent testing with CrystalDiskMark 3. Thus the SSD is a good fit for any and all tasks including content creation and gaming.

Notebookcheck says:

... its performance was phenomenal - Aorus X7 v7 Laptop Review | August 2017

... While 256 GB is plenty for an Ultrabook, it can be considered the bare minimum for a gaming machine - Asus GX501VS Laptop Review | August 2017

Power consumption

The drive is able to consume as much as 5.9 W according to Samsung which is in line with the generally high consumption of most NVMe SSDs.

TypeSSD
SizeM.2 2280
Capacity256 GB
Interface
Announced20.06.2016

Benchmarks

AS SSD - Copy Game MB/s
min: 560.21     avg: 732     median: 738.2 (12%)     max: 891.89 MB/s
AS SSD - Copy Program MB/s
min: 292.44     avg: 330     median: 322.3 (12%)     max: 383.33 MB/s
AS SSD - Copy ISO MB/s
min: 1504.3     avg: 1674     median: 1698.3 (49%)     max: 1794.95 MB/s
AS SSD - Score Total
min: 3668     avg: 3851     median: 3871 (52%)     max: 3995 MB/s
AS SSD - Score Write
min: 1021     avg: 1170     median: 1183 (33%)     max: 1293 MB/s
AS SSD - Score Read
min: 1795     avg: 1811     median: 1810.5 (70%)     max: 1829 MB/s
AS SSD - Access Time Write *
min: 0.03     avg: 0     median: 0 (0%)     max: 0.032 MB/s
AS SSD - Access Time Read *
min: 0.039     avg: 0.1     median: 0.1 (0%)     max: 0.059 MB/s
AS SSD - 4K-64 Write
min: 790.72     avg: 921     median: 929 (30%)     max: 1034.83 MB/s
AS SSD - 4K-64 Read
min: 1485.33     avg: 1514     median: 1516.5 (67%)     max: 1537.87 MB/s
AS SSD - 4K Write
min: 117.29     avg: 122     median: 122.3 (1%)     max: 124.7 MB/s
AS SSD - 4K Read
min: 48.35     avg: 49.5     median: 49.4 (19%)     max: 51.03 MB/s
AS SSD - Seq Write
min: 1066.75     avg: 1273     median: 1308 (32%)     max: 1409.1 MB/s
AS SSD - Seq Read
min: 2382.08     avg: 2477     median: 2418.6 (50%)     max: 2690 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 - Write 4k QD32
min: 480.6     avg: 511     median: 512.9 (67%)     max: 538.8 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 - Read 4k QD32
min: 575.9     avg: 605     median: 602.8 (63%)     max: 636.3 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 - Write 4k
min: 141.7     avg: 146     median: 148.2 (58%)     max: 148.4 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 - Read 4k
min: 54.02     avg: 55.3     median: 55.4 (1%)     max: 56.57 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 - Write 512
min: 1283     avg: 1293     median: 1283 (30%)     max: 1312 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 - Read 512
min: 432.6     avg: 440     median: 439.4 (19%)     max: 446.9 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 - Write Seq
min: 1459     avg: 1501     median: 1504 (35%)     max: 1541 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 3.0 - Read Seq
min: 1971     avg: 2100     median: 2065 (59%)     max: 2263 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6 - Write 4K
153 MB/s (35%)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6 - Read 4K
48.8 MB/s (1%)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6 - Write Seq
1013 MB/s (24%)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6 - Read Seq
1120 MB/s (21%)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6 - Write 4K Q32T1
498 MB/s (29%)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6 - Read 4K Q32T1
574 MB/s (36%)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6 - Write Seq Q32T1
1507 MB/s (34%)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6 - Read Seq Q32T1
3327 MB/s (37%)
PCMark 8 - Storage Score v2
5054 Points (99%)
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Notebook reviews with Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL

Aorus X7 v7: Intel Core i7-7820HK NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, 17.3", 3.4 kg
  Review » Aorus X7 v7 (7820HK, GTX 1070, QHD) Laptop Review

Asus Zephyrus GX501VS: Intel Core i7-7700HQ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 15.6", 2.3 kg
  Review » Asus Zephyrus GX501VS (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1070 Max-Q) Laptop Review

Gigabyte Aero 14-K7: Intel Core i7-7700HQ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, 14", 1.9 kg
  Review » Gigabyte Aero 14K (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050 Ti, QHD) Laptop Review

MSI GS63VR 7RG-005: Intel Core i7-7700HQ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 15.6", 1.9 kg
  Review » MSI GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1070 Max-Q, Full HD) Laptop Review

Aorus X7 v7: Intel Core i7-7820HK NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, 17.3", 3.4 kg
  External Review » Aorus X7 v7

Gigabyte Aero 14-K7: Intel Core i7-7700HQ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, 14", 1.9 kg
  External Review » Gigabyte Aero 14-K7

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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2019-10-10)