Average Bench: 35.2% (921st of 1016)

Based on 95 user benchmarks.  Model: SAMSUNG SSD PM81

Poor average bench

The Samsung PM81 256GB averaged 64.8% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 31.2MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 203MB/s

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM81 256GB is 26.3%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Samsung PM81 256GB performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 11.9MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 55.2MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 95 samples)
Min Avg Max
50.1 Read 187 263
54.4 Write 203 252
45.1 Mixed 155 255
38.6 SusWrite 186 239
41.2% 183 MB/s
Min Avg Max
1.71 4K Read 10.3 15.9
8.87 4K Write 31.2 56.7
2.23 4K Mixed 8.65 17
43.2% 16.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
7.29 DQ Read 79 121
24.1 DQ Write 55.2 76.2
1.47 DQ Mixed 11.9 27.5
23.8% 48.7 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
169GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 6D1Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 205 228 234 233 234 MB/s
Read 240
Write 230
Mixed 198
SusWrite 206
49% 218 MB/s
4K Read 14.7
4K Write 34.8
4K Mixed 17
62% 22.2 MB/s
DQ Read 125
DQ Write 63.4
DQ Mixed 26.9
38% 71.8 MB/s
154GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 6D1Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 176 194 221 196 205 222 MB/s
Read 205
Write 229
Mixed 113
SusWrite 202
42% 188 MB/s
4K Read 12.3
4K Write 32.9
4K Mixed 13.8
54% 19.7 MB/s
DQ Read 93.1
DQ Write 40.5
DQ Mixed 14.3
24% 49.3 MB/s
13GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 8D1Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 142 107 58 49 44 MB/s
Read 158
Write 99.7
Mixed 137
SusWrite 74.1
26% 117 MB/s
4K Read 14.9
4K Write 39.2
4K Mixed 12.1
59% 22.1 MB/s
DQ Read 114
DQ Write 40
DQ Mixed 18
29% 57.5 MB/s
186GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 7D1Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 203 200 207 198 165 123 MB/s
Read 152
Write 194
Mixed 158
SusWrite 182
39% 172 MB/s
4K Read 7.7
4K Write 15.2
4K Mixed 10.4
33% 11.1 MB/s
DQ Read 69.8
DQ Write 70.2
DQ Mixed 28
33% 56 MB/s
66GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 8D1Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 141 42 99 57 64 55 MB/s
Read 78.3
Write 224
Mixed 174
SusWrite 76.2
32% 138 MB/s
4K Read 14.7
4K Write 32.4
4K Mixed 16
60% 21 MB/s
DQ Read 116
DQ Write 69.7
DQ Mixed 23.8
36% 69.9 MB/s
191GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 8D1Q
SusWrite @10s intervals: 145 215 211 225 218 223 MB/s
Read 19.4
Write 198
Mixed 91.3
SusWrite 206
30% 129 MB/s
4K Read 10.1
4K Write 21.1
4K Mixed 11.3
41% 14.2 MB/s
DQ Read 78.2
DQ Write 49.2
DQ Mixed 18.5
26% 48.6 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 21,395,411 SSDs tested.

Typical PM81 256GB Builds (Compare 2,962 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 15%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 39%
Jet ski
Workstation
Workstation 41%
Speed boat

System: Dell Precision WorkStation T7500

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