Average Bench: 263% (44th of 1058)

Based on 123 user benchmarks.  Model: NVMe PM9A1 NVMe Samsung 256GB

Outstanding average bench

The Nvme PM9A1 Samsung 256GB averaged 162.6% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Nvme PM9A1 Samsung 256GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 925MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 2,239MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvme PM9A1 Samsung 256GB is 133%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Nvme PM9A1 Samsung 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 677MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 163MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 123 samples)
Min Avg Max
1,569 Read 2,239 2,592
486 Write 1,609 2,332
601 Mixed 1,398 2,031
349 SusWrite 677 987
330% 1,481 MB/s
Min Avg Max
38.7 4K Read 60.6 77
66.6 4K Write 163 190
45.9 4K Mixed 80 107
281% 101 MB/s
Min Avg Max
841 DQ Read 1,204 1,406
340 DQ Write 818 1,244
347 DQ Mixed 925 1,327
714% 982 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
161GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 36302029 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2270 667 421 422 420 436 MB/s
Read 2,588
Write 2,310
Mixed 2,044
SusWrite 773
431% 1,929 MB/s
4K Read 75.2
4K Write 188
4K Mixed 107
351% 123 MB/s
DQ Read 1,356
DQ Write 1,209
DQ Mixed 1,292
966% 1,286 MB/s
154GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 36303029 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2110 640 437 439 436 440 MB/s
Read 2,587
Write 2,299
Mixed 2,009
SusWrite 750
427% 1,911 MB/s
4K Read 75.4
4K Write 181
4K Mixed 102
341% 119 MB/s
DQ Read 1,333
DQ Write 1,188
DQ Mixed 1,256
943% 1,259 MB/s
163GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 36303029 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1454 1777 1108 374 389 390 MB/s
Read 2,461
Write 2,207
Mixed 1,941
SusWrite 915
421% 1,881 MB/s
4K Read 61.8
4K Write 155
4K Mixed 88.4
289% 102 MB/s
DQ Read 1,192
DQ Write 1,005
DQ Mixed 1,098
823% 1,098 MB/s
136GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 36303029 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 527 503 500 488 489 471 MB/s
Read 1,559
Write 549
Mixed 619
SusWrite 496
177% 806 MB/s
4K Read 39.5
4K Write 122
4K Mixed 52.3
192% 71.3 MB/s
DQ Read 837
DQ Write 407
DQ Mixed 659
479% 634 MB/s
74GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 36303029 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 455 339 377 364 352 343 MB/s
Read 1,518
Write 615
Mixed 598
SusWrite 372
170% 776 MB/s
4K Read 34.5
4K Write 48
4K Mixed 43.6
134% 42 MB/s
DQ Read 352
DQ Write 178
DQ Mixed 302
214% 277 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 45,258,697 SSDs tested.

Typical PM9A1 Samsung 256GB Builds (Compare 332 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 193%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 102%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 193%
UFO

System: Alienware Aurora R12

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 69% - Good Total price: $700

Popular PM9A1 Samsung 256GB systems:

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