Average Bench: 201% (42nd of 956)

Based on 19,148 user benchmarks.  Models: NVMe Samsung SSD 950, Samsung SSD 950 PRO 256GB

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 950 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB averaged 100.9% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung 950 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 355MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 1,752MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 950 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 108%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Samsung 950 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 287MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 639MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 19,148 samples)
Min Avg Max
936 Read 1,752 2,090
483 Write 823 927
432 Mixed 640 755
243 SusWrite 639 910
213% 963 MB/s
Min Avg Max
32.5 4K Read 45.1 52.9
83.5 4K Write 142 197
39.3 4K Mixed 53.2 61.6
212% 80.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
423 DQ Read 943 1,094
177 DQ Write 287 328
234 DQ Mixed 355 388
330% 529 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
214GB free
Firmware: 2B0Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 872 895 905 907 907 905 MB/s
Read 2,063
Write 914
Mixed 697
SusWrite 899
252% 1,143 MB/s
4K Read 51
4K Write 177
4K Mixed 61
249% 96.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,052
DQ Write 319
DQ Mixed 371
356% 581 MB/s
172GB free
Firmware: 2B0QBXX7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 911 899 918 919 920 919 MB/s
Read 2,082
Write 918
Mixed 834
SusWrite 914
262% 1,187 MB/s
4K Read 49.3
4K Write 157
4K Mixed 58.4
233% 88.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,053
DQ Write 324
DQ Mixed 390
366% 589 MB/s
224GB free
Firmware: 2B0QBXX7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 849 875 822 820 834 806 MB/s
Read 2,030
Write 816
Mixed 736
SusWrite 834
244% 1,104 MB/s
4K Read 48.8
4K Write 131
4K Mixed 56.3
215% 78.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,055
DQ Write 326
DQ Mixed 393
368% 592 MB/s
76GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B0Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 242 165 229 258 235 209 MB/s
Read 2,072
Write 511
Mixed 414
SusWrite 223
174% 805 MB/s
4K Read 53.9
4K Write 154
4K Mixed 56.7
236% 88.1 MB/s
DQ Read 1,028
DQ Write 185
DQ Mixed 295
296% 502 MB/s
75GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B0QBXX7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 375 375 379 334 381 380 MB/s
Read 1488
Write 757
Mixed 551
SusWrite 371
174% 792 MB/s
4K Read 31
4K Write 146
4K Mixed 47.6
185% 74.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,090
DQ Write 252
DQ Mixed 138
239% 493 MB/s
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Typical 950 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 13,468 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 109%
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Desktop
Desktop 108%
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Workstation
Workstation 79%
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Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO - $179

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 91% - Outstanding Total price: $1,447

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