Average Bench: 125% (142nd of 1011)

Based on 14,607 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WDS256G1X0C-00ENX0, NVMe WDC WDS256G1X0C-

Outstanding average bench

The WD Black NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB (2017) averaged 24.8% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the WD Black NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB (2017) near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 336MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 606MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Black NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB (2017) is 54.3%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Black NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB (2017) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 177MB/s
Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 358MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 14,607 samples)
Min Avg Max
547 Read 926 1,105
197 Write 444 680
202 Mixed 358 570
81.3 SusWrite 177 223
105% 476 MB/s
Min Avg Max
25.7 4K Read 40.4 44.5
54.9 4K Write 102 132
23.6 4K Mixed 46 58.5
174% 62.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
246 DQ Read 606 664
129 DQ Write 466 525
133 DQ Mixed 336 396
306% 469 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
204GB free (System drive)
Firmware: B35900WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 238 208 208 212 211 210 MB/s
Read 980
Write 466
Mixed 313
SusWrite 215
108% 493 MB/s
4K Read 32.9
4K Write 121
4K Mixed 52.4
181% 68.8 MB/s
DQ Read 658
DQ Write 515
DQ Mixed 360
331% 511 MB/s
75GB free
Firmware: B35900WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 248 205 170 196 162 147 MB/s
Read 1,048
Write 654
Mixed 264
SusWrite 188
118% 539 MB/s
4K Read 37.2
4K Write 120
4K Mixed 41
173% 66.2 MB/s
DQ Read 616
DQ Write 525
DQ Mixed 394
344% 512 MB/s
103GB free (System drive)
Firmware: B35900WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 179 174 78 101 118 81 MB/s
Read 1,061
Write 235
Mixed 269
SusWrite 122
91% 422 MB/s
4K Read 32.9
4K Write 97.7
4K Mixed 50.4
166% 60.3 MB/s
DQ Read 662
DQ Write 518
DQ Mixed 361
332% 514 MB/s
32GB free
Firmware: B35900WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 175 124 105 114 64 101 MB/s
Read 522
Write 412
Mixed 287
SusWrite 114
74% 334 MB/s
4K Read 35.5
4K Write 108
4K Mixed 51.2
176% 64.8 MB/s
DQ Read 658
DQ Write 519
DQ Mixed 399
350% 525 MB/s
175GB free (System drive)
Firmware: B35500WD Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 222 211 210 204 206 208 MB/s
Read 665
Write 336
Mixed 275
SusWrite 210
82% 371 MB/s
4K Read 19.9
4K Write 56.3
4K Mixed 30.4
99% 35.5 MB/s
DQ Read 655
DQ Write 502
DQ Mixed 308
304% 488 MB/s
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Gaming 55%
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Desktop
Desktop 71%
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Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus PRIME B350-PLUS - $100

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 58% - Above average Total price: $637

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 Comments

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Poor

19 months ago.

came too late to the market, pricing is too high, after few months it got easily obsoleted/replaced by the intel 760p which is cheaper and faster


Good

22 months ago.

AMD Radeon R3 240GB SATAIII 2.5" R3SL240G


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