Average Bench: 206% (62nd of 1011)

Based on 2,286 user benchmarks.  Model: PM981 NVMe Samsung 256GB

Outstanding average bench

The Pm981 NVMe Samsung 256GB averaged 106.5% 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 813MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 1,849MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Pm981 NVMe Samsung 256GB is 118%. 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 363MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 117MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,286 samples)
Min Avg Max
903 Read 1,849 2,243
738 Write 1,203 1,412
573 Mixed 993 1,192
220 SusWrite 363 450
244% 1,102 MB/s
Min Avg Max
38.1 4K Read 56.8 65.9
68.5 4K Write 117 168
46.3 4K Mixed 68.3 86.1
236% 80.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
424 DQ Read 867 981
249 DQ Write 835 1,294
307 DQ Mixed 813 1,005
621% 838 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
106GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD72D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 718 525 294 298 295 297 MB/s
Read 2,227
Write 1322
Mixed 1187
SusWrite 404
284% 1,285 MB/s
4K Read 57.8
4K Write 139
4K Mixed 76.1
259% 91 MB/s
DQ Read 974
DQ Write 1234
DQ Mixed 948
758% 1,052 MB/s
102GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD71D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 337 280 281 279 291 270 MB/s
Read 2,181
Write 1311
Mixed 1,121
SusWrite 290
271% 1,226 MB/s
4K Read 60.7
4K Write 98
4K Mixed 68.8
232% 75.8 MB/s
DQ Read 974
DQ Write 979
DQ Mixed 990
740% 981 MB/s
101GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD72D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 504 324 318 318 306 308 MB/s
Read 2231
Write 1,335
Mixed 1,086
SusWrite 346
276% 1,250 MB/s
4K Read 52.9
4K Write 106
4K Mixed 67.4
223% 75.4 MB/s
DQ Read 930
DQ Write 685
DQ Mixed 797
598% 804 MB/s
102GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD72D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 510 287 321 314 316 298 MB/s
Read 2,200
Write 1,334
Mixed 1,148
SusWrite 341
278% 1,256 MB/s
4K Read 53.2
4K Write 105
4K Mixed 67.5
223% 75.4 MB/s
DQ Read 933
DQ Write 683
DQ Mixed 360
390% 659 MB/s
199GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD71D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1034 338 300 299 301 301 MB/s
Read 1,252
Write 1,330
Mixed 737
SusWrite 429
210% 937 MB/s
4K Read 56.2
4K Write 111
4K Mixed 71.5
236% 79.6 MB/s
DQ Read 978
DQ Write 898
DQ Mixed 986
726% 954 MB/s
177GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD72D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1009 302 299 301 305 303 MB/s
Read 1,476
Write 1,277
Mixed 914
SusWrite 420
228% 1,022 MB/s
4K Read 50.4
4K Write 108
4K Mixed 65.1
217% 74.6 MB/s
DQ Read 55
DQ Write 112
DQ Mixed 67.7
56% 78.2 MB/s
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Typical NVMe Samsung 256GB Builds (Compare 11,738 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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