Average Bench: 198% (87th of 1058)

Based on 36,255 user benchmarks.  Models: NVMe Samsung SSD 950, Samsung SSD 950 PRO 256GB

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung 950 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB averaged 98.1% 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 361MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 1,747MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung 950 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB is 111%. 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 282MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 635MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 36,255 samples)
Min Avg Max
897 Read 1,747 2,089
294 Write 799 928
425 Mixed 636 765
193 SusWrite 635 916
211% 954 MB/s
Min Avg Max
32.5 4K Read 46.1 51.5
67.7 4K Write 127 178
38.2 4K Mixed 51.7 60.4
203% 74.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
570 DQ Read 961 1,094
165 DQ Write 282 329
274 DQ Mixed 361 392
334% 535 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
79GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B0Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 761 854 778 799 726 573 MB/s
Read 2,052
Write 909
Mixed 717
SusWrite 749
244% 1,106 MB/s
4K Read 51.2
4K Write 180
4K Mixed 60.4
250% 97.1 MB/s
DQ Read 1053
DQ Write 322
DQ Mixed 375
358% 583 MB/s
96GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B0QBXX7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 892 903 877 861 904 895 MB/s
Read 1,933
Write 912
Mixed 725
SusWrite 889
247% 1,115 MB/s
4K Read 47.4
4K Write 153
4K Mixed 54.2
222% 84.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,052
DQ Write 324
DQ Mixed 375
358% 584 MB/s
87GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B0QBXX7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 728 670 602 546 548 494 MB/s
Read 2,036
Write 849
Mixed 722
SusWrite 598
231% 1,051 MB/s
4K Read 50.2
4K Write 150
4K Mixed 57
228% 85.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,081
DQ Write 325
DQ Mixed 374
361% 593 MB/s
112GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2B0Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 668 578 551 504 500 509 MB/s
Read 1,876
Write 872
Mixed 659
SusWrite 552
218% 990 MB/s
4K Read 46
4K Write 164
4K Mixed 58.6
232% 89.6 MB/s
DQ Read 1,055
DQ Write 301
DQ Mixed 370
353% 575 MB/s
123GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 1B0QBXX7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 486 494 491 476 473 472 MB/s
Read 1,330
Write 758
Mixed 591
SusWrite 482
175% 790 MB/s
4K Read 47.8
4K Write 141
4K Mixed 54
216% 80.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,090
DQ Write 250
DQ Mixed 375
352% 572 MB/s
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Typical 950 NVMe PCIe M.2 256GB Builds (Compare 9,836 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 91%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 91%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 77%
Battleship

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VIII HERO - $220

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 53% - Above average Total price: $1,300

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