Average Bench: 199% (66th of 1010)

Based on 2,111 user benchmarks.  Model: PM981 NVMe Samsung 256GB

Outstanding average bench

The Pm981 NVMe Samsung 256GB averaged 99.0% 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 788MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 1,768MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Pm981 NVMe Samsung 256GB is 130%. 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 369MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 112MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,111 samples)
Min Avg Max
791 Read 1,768 2,240
670 Write 1,189 1,403
556 Mixed 971 1,190
252 SusWrite 369 448
238% 1,074 MB/s
Min Avg Max
32.4 4K Read 52.8 65.6
64 4K Write 112 164
41.3 4K Mixed 66 85.3
224% 77 MB/s
Min Avg Max
358 DQ Read 844 981
213 DQ Write 792 1,275
216 DQ Mixed 788 996
600% 808 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
160GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD72D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1006 416 309 308 308 309 MB/s
Read 2,210
Write 1,309
Mixed 1186
SusWrite 443
285% 1,287 MB/s
4K Read 60
4K Write 138
4K Mixed 76.7
262% 91.5 MB/s
DQ Read 749
DQ Write 1,020
DQ Mixed 73.6
282% 614 MB/s
101GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD72D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 371 328 303 303 300 304 MB/s
Read 2,164
Write 1,224
Mixed 1,066
SusWrite 318
263% 1,193 MB/s
4K Read 55.2
4K Write 140
4K Mixed 73.6
252% 89.7 MB/s
DQ Read 969
DQ Write 1,295
DQ Mixed 956
771% 1,073 MB/s
188GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD72D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1174 306 304 304 306 306 MB/s
Read 1950
Write 1,333
Mixed 1,085
SusWrite 450
267% 1,204 MB/s
4K Read 42.7
4K Write 77.7
4K Mixed 51.8
172% 57.4 MB/s
DQ Read 219
DQ Write 244
DQ Mixed 185
152% 216 MB/s
179GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD72D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 711 281 293 293 300 306 MB/s
Read 1,622
Write 1,236
Mixed 944
SusWrite 364
232% 1,041 MB/s
4K Read 39.2
4K Write 83.8
4K Mixed 47.7
165% 56.9 MB/s
DQ Read 740
DQ Write 633
DQ Mixed 688
515% 687 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 18,540,655 SSDs tested.

Typical NVMe Samsung 256GB Builds (Compare 11,067 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 16%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat

System: Dell XPS 15 9570

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