Average Bench: 194% (92nd of 1058)

Based on 3,990 user benchmarks.  Model: PM981 NVMe Samsung 256GB

Outstanding average bench

The Pm981 NVMe Samsung 256GB averaged 93.8% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Pm981 NVMe Samsung 256GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 758MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 1,740MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Pm981 NVMe Samsung 256GB is 129%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Pm981 NVMe Samsung 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sustained Write Speed 329MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 111MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,990 samples)
Min Avg Max
761 Read 1,740 2,238
295 Write 1,164 1,497
492 Mixed 946 1,229
143 SusWrite 329 450
232% 1,045 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34.9 4K Read 57.3 65.4
55.2 4K Write 111 179
32.3 4K Mixed 65.3 84.3
230% 78 MB/s
Min Avg Max
302 DQ Read 807 979
183 DQ Write 712 1,263
269 DQ Mixed 758 1,012
569% 759 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
101GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD72D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 367 281 275 268 260 255 MB/s
Read 2,228
Write 1,377
Mixed 1,215
SusWrite 284
282% 1,276 MB/s
4K Read 62.9
4K Write 145
4K Mixed 82.4
278% 96.7 MB/s
DQ Read 975
DQ Write 1,194
DQ Mixed 1,015
785% 1,062 MB/s
116GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD72D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 352 307 246 244 241 240 MB/s
Read 2244
Write 1,525
Mixed 1,198
SusWrite 272
290% 1,310 MB/s
4K Read 62.2
4K Write 142
4K Mixed 81.9
274% 95.4 MB/s
DQ Read 984
DQ Write 1177
DQ Mixed 1026
788% 1,062 MB/s
109GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD71D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 299 225 256 235 257 247 MB/s
Read 951
Write 779
Mixed 735
SusWrite 253
152% 679 MB/s
4K Read 48.8
4K Write 98.4
4K Mixed 62.7
206% 70 MB/s
DQ Read 303
DQ Write 200
DQ Mixed 313
217% 272 MB/s
71GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD72D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 684 509 305 304 302 307 MB/s
Read 618
Write 656
Mixed 634
SusWrite 402
130% 577 MB/s
4K Read 13.7
4K Write 127
4K Mixed 26
121% 55.5 MB/s
DQ Read 964
DQ Write 864
DQ Mixed 951
703% 927 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 45,552,122 SSDs tested.

Typical NVMe Samsung 256GB Builds (Compare 2,608 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 103%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 98%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 98%
Nuclear submarine

System: Alienware Aurora R8

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $730

Popular NVMe Samsung 256GB systems:

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