Average Bench: 195% (81st of 1040)

Based on 3,333 user benchmarks.  Model: PM981 NVMe Samsung 256GB

Outstanding average bench

The Pm981 NVMe Samsung 256GB averaged 94.7% 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 773MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 1,784MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Pm981 NVMe Samsung 256GB is 123%. 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 315MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 111MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,333 samples)
Min Avg Max
786 Read 1,784 2,238
535 Write 1,183 1,486
523 Mixed 984 1,226
153 SusWrite 315 452
236% 1,066 MB/s
Min Avg Max
36.9 4K Read 52.6 63.6
55 4K Write 111 165
37.5 4K Mixed 65.4 84.6
223% 76.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
341 DQ Read 823 979
215 DQ Write 762 1,260
313 DQ Mixed 773 1,009
586% 786 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
187GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD72D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 451 334 335 334 334 331 MB/s
Read 2,205
Write 1,464
Mixed 1,210
SusWrite 353
290% 1,308 MB/s
4K Read 53.3
4K Write 128
4K Mixed 70.2
238% 83.8 MB/s
DQ Read 722
DQ Write 666
DQ Mixed 698
523% 695 MB/s
64GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD72D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 338 308 311 309 312 308 MB/s
Read 2,134
Write 1,389
Mixed 1,215
SusWrite 314
280% 1,263 MB/s
4K Read 57
4K Write 97.6
4K Mixed 71.3
229% 75.3 MB/s
DQ Read 924
DQ Write 518
DQ Mixed 744
547% 729 MB/s
114GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD71D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 504 304 309 312 305 297 MB/s
Read 1,026
Write 1,341
Mixed 670
SusWrite 338
189% 844 MB/s
4K Read 49.8
4K Write 98.2
4K Mixed 63.6
209% 70.5 MB/s
DQ Read 838
DQ Write 458
DQ Mixed 753
532% 683 MB/s
121GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD72D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 390 322 318 318 320 319 MB/s
Read 1,106
Write 1,266
Mixed 739
SusWrite 331
193% 861 MB/s
4K Read 50.5
4K Write 95.2
4K Mixed 59.9
204% 68.5 MB/s
DQ Read 783
DQ Write 283
DQ Mixed 717
481% 594 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 34,680,189 SSDs tested.

Typical NVMe Samsung 256GB Builds (Compare 2,100 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 105%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 99%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 99%
Nuclear submarine

System: Alienware Aurora R8

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 72% - Very good Total price: $710

Popular NVMe Samsung 256GB systems:

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