Average Bench: 225% (72nd of 1058)

Based on 2,964 user benchmarks.  Model: PM981a NVMe Samsung 512GB

Outstanding average bench

The Pm981a NVMe Samsung 512GB averaged 124.8% 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 795MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 1,754MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Pm981a NVMe Samsung 512GB is 163%. 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 104MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 786MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,964 samples)
Min Avg Max
942 Read 1,852 2,649
740 Write 1,754 2,428
607 Mixed 1,359 1,865
409 SusWrite 786 1,026
322% 1,438 MB/s
Min Avg Max
31.6 4K Read 54.8 65.9
53.3 4K Write 104 152
38.2 4K Mixed 67.1 89.6
224% 75.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
336 DQ Read 869 1,301
180 DQ Write 619 1,105
312 DQ Mixed 795 1,183
580% 761 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
205GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 15302129 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 930 662 645 639 637 632 MB/s
Read 2,630
Write 2,285
Mixed 1,759
SusWrite 691
411% 1,841 MB/s
4K Read 61.8
4K Write 128
4K Mixed 80.5
264% 90 MB/s
DQ Read 823
DQ Write 645
DQ Mixed 716
540% 728 MB/s
221GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 15302129 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 722 609 587 582 567 559 MB/s
Read 2,595
Write 2,337
Mixed 1,837
SusWrite 604
411% 1,843 MB/s
4K Read 62.4
4K Write 144
4K Mixed 84.1
278% 96.8 MB/s
DQ Read 834
DQ Write 689
DQ Mixed 735
558% 752 MB/s
336GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 15302129 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 965 791 791 762 821 818 MB/s
Read 1,778
Write 1,425
Mixed 1,318
SusWrite 825
299% 1,337 MB/s
4K Read 56.4
4K Write 117
4K Mixed 73
241% 82.2 MB/s
DQ Read 731
DQ Write 383
DQ Mixed 811
535% 642 MB/s
84GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 15304129 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 492 331 323 318 313 307 MB/s
Read 2,203
Write 1,280
Mixed 1,665
SusWrite 348
305% 1,374 MB/s
4K Read 50.2
4K Write 92.5
4K Mixed 65.4
209% 69.4 MB/s
DQ Read 929
DQ Write 728
DQ Mixed 819
615% 825 MB/s
385GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 15302129 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1292 1052 820 786 824 832 MB/s
Read 1,271
Write 1,341
Mixed 1,104
SusWrite 934
262% 1,163 MB/s
4K Read 53.2
4K Write 99.9
4K Mixed 64.8
216% 72.6 MB/s
DQ Read 749
DQ Write 304
DQ Mixed 728
486% 594 MB/s
385GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 15302129 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 924 938 806 762 824 819 MB/s
Read 901
Write 755
Mixed 828
SusWrite 845
188% 832 MB/s
4K Read 51
4K Write 92.6
4K Mixed 64.9
210% 69.5 MB/s
DQ Read 644
DQ Write 261
DQ Mixed 643
426% 516 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 47,327,667 SSDs tested.

Typical NVMe Samsung 512GB Builds (Compare 6,740 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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