Average Bench: 194% (79th of 1037)

Based on 30,130 user benchmarks.  Models: NVMe Samsung SSD 950, Samsung SSD 950 PRO 256GB

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 950 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB averaged 93.6% 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 362MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 952MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 950 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 115%. 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 285MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 611MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 30,130 samples)
Min Avg Max
690 Read 1,681 2,082
366 Write 788 926
405 Mixed 625 753
218 SusWrite 611 912
204% 926 MB/s
Min Avg Max
30.7 4K Read 44.1 51.9
69.6 4K Write 130 182
38.2 4K Mixed 51.7 60.9
202% 75.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
542 DQ Read 952 1,095
181 DQ Write 285 329
256 DQ Mixed 362 395
334% 533 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
75GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B0Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 729 680 633 611 611 597 MB/s
Read 2,142
Write 896
Mixed 730
SusWrite 643
242% 1,103 MB/s
4K Read 57.3
4K Write 231
4K Mixed 66.5
294% 118 MB/s
DQ Read 1,089
DQ Write 324
DQ Mixed 383
367% 599 MB/s
119GB free
Firmware: 2B0QBXX7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 921 921 923 922 922 919 MB/s
Read 2,044
Write 930
Mixed 735
SusWrite 921
256% 1,157 MB/s
4K Read 47.5
4K Write 126
4K Mixed 54.7
208% 75.9 MB/s
DQ Read 925
DQ Write 321
DQ Mixed 385
347% 544 MB/s
208GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B0QBXX7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 939 936 939 938 939 939 MB/s
Read 1310
Write 953
Mixed 647
SusWrite 938
215% 962 MB/s
4K Read 49.2
4K Write 138
4K Mixed 57.8
222% 81.6 MB/s
DQ Read 1,058
DQ Write 328
DQ Mixed 383
363% 590 MB/s
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Typical 950 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 5,654 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 90%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 92%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 76%
Battleship

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO - $220

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 61% - Good Total price: $1,151

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