Average Bench: 218% (75th of 1058)

Based on 3,249 user benchmarks.  Model: PM981a NVMe Samsung 512GB

Outstanding average bench

The Pm981a NVMe Samsung 512GB averaged 118.4% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Pm981a NVMe Samsung 512GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 747MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 1,711MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Pm981a NVMe Samsung 512GB is 164%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Pm981a NVMe Samsung 512GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 102MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 762MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,249 samples)
Min Avg Max
858 Read 1,824 2,633
745 Write 1,711 2,370
609 Mixed 1,336 1,839
437 SusWrite 762 1,022
315% 1,408 MB/s
Min Avg Max
29.5 4K Read 51.6 65.9
48.2 4K Write 102 150
33.9 4K Mixed 65.5 88.6
216% 72.9 MB/s
Min Avg Max
302 DQ Read 840 1,358
160 DQ Write 581 1,066
274 DQ Mixed 747 1,169
548% 723 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
374GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 15303129 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1987 815 809 816 814 817 MB/s
Read 2,542
Write 2,362
Mixed 1,802
SusWrite 1,010
432% 1,929 MB/s
4K Read 64.2
4K Write 143
4K Mixed 86.5
284% 97.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,109
DQ Write 767
DQ Mixed 953
708% 943 MB/s
355GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 15302129 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 904 874 871 862 853 851 MB/s
Read 2,639
Write 2452
Mixed 1,818
SusWrite 869
435% 1,945 MB/s
4K Read 62.1
4K Write 142
4K Mixed 87.1
281% 97.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,116
DQ Write 818
DQ Mixed 930
705% 955 MB/s
302GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 15302129 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 663 674 742 728 714 758 MB/s
Read 832
Write 1,041
Mixed 617
SusWrite 713
181% 801 MB/s
4K Read 38.5
4K Write 68.9
4K Mixed 37.3
143% 48.2 MB/s
DQ Read 373
DQ Write 99.3
DQ Mixed 116
117% 196 MB/s
377GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 15302129 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 376 635 526 698 732 703 MB/s
Read 817
Write 810
Mixed 699
SusWrite 612
165% 735 MB/s
4K Read 33.6
4K Write 43.1
4K Mixed 24.5
105% 33.7 MB/s
DQ Read 491
DQ Write 98.1
DQ Mixed 264
202% 285 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 51,465,604 SSDs tested.

Typical NVMe Samsung 512GB Builds (Compare 7,527 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 13%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 12%
Tree trunk

System: Dell XPS 15 7590

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