Average Bench: 194% (81st of 1030)

Based on 2,777 user benchmarks.  Model: PM981 NVMe Samsung 256GB

Outstanding average bench

The Pm981 NVMe Samsung 256GB averaged 93.6% 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 726MB/s
Avg. Sequential Read Speed 1,780MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Pm981 NVMe Samsung 256GB is 138%. 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 337MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 109MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,777 samples)
Min Avg Max
783 Read 1,780 2,240
454 Write 1,177 1,456
495 Mixed 979 1,223
177 SusWrite 337 449
237% 1,068 MB/s
Min Avg Max
31.6 4K Read 51.5 64.3
52 4K Write 109 157
34.4 4K Mixed 64.8 83.3
219% 75.1 MB/s
Min Avg Max
321 DQ Read 802 979
138 DQ Write 717 1,292
222 DQ Mixed 726 1,005
553% 748 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
238GB free
Firmware: EXD72D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 718 600 305 306 307 306 MB/s
Read 2,125
Write 1,227
Mixed 1,014
SusWrite 424
264% 1,197 MB/s
4K Read 60
4K Write 141
4K Mixed 77.5
265% 92.8 MB/s
DQ Read 974
DQ Write 1,134
DQ Mixed 963
751% 1,024 MB/s
199GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD72D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1084 303 305 306 305 305 MB/s
Read 2,199
Write 1,321
Mixed 1,166
SusWrite 435
283% 1,280 MB/s
4K Read 60.6
4K Write 135
4K Mixed 77.7
263% 91 MB/s
DQ Read 943
DQ Write 782
DQ Mixed 903
666% 876 MB/s
168GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD71D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 339 322 324 329 324 321 MB/s
Read 1,727
Write 1,266
Mixed 865
SusWrite 326
232% 1,046 MB/s
4K Read 60.7
4K Write 146
4K Mixed 79.4
271% 95.4 MB/s
DQ Read 884
DQ Write 705
DQ Mixed 722
560% 771 MB/s
102GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD71D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 342 254 254 250 248 244 MB/s
Read 2,156
Write 1451
Mixed 1,177
SusWrite 266
279% 1,262 MB/s
4K Read 51.3
4K Write 94.2
4K Mixed 63.7
209% 69.7 MB/s
DQ Read 978
DQ Write 776
DQ Mixed 872
654% 875 MB/s
193GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXD71D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 384 322 323 323 323 323 MB/s
Read 754
Write 670
Mixed 610
SusWrite 333
132% 591 MB/s
4K Read 39.9
4K Write 68.3
4K Mixed 46.1
156% 51.4 MB/s
DQ Read 557
DQ Write 209
DQ Mixed 399
291% 388 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 29,804,615 SSDs tested.

Typical NVMe Samsung 256GB Builds (Compare 1,831 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 103%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 96%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 96%
Nuclear submarine

System: Alienware Aurora R8

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $745

Popular NVMe Samsung 256GB systems:

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