Average Bench: 69.2% (663rd of 1058)

Based on 63 user benchmarks.  Model: M.2 SSD 256GB

Above average average bench

The M.2 256GB 256GB averaged 30.8% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Write Speed 263MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 66.5MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the M.2 256GB 256GB is 52.1%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the M.2 256GB 256GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 131MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 261MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 63 samples)
Min Avg Max
244 Read 403 482
241 Write 343 407
22.2 Mixed 297 375
47 SusWrite 261 399
73.2% 326 MB/s
Min Avg Max
9.8 4K Read 21.5 30.1
14.6 4K Write 66.5 104
0.42 4K Mixed 21.1 29.8
94.9% 36.4 MB/s
Min Avg Max
76.4 DQ Read 131 188
17.1 DQ Write 263 327
0.53 DQ Mixed 61.8 165
85.3% 152 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
180GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2103XKR
SusWrite @10s intervals: 334 356 266 302 383 312 MB/s
Read 401
Write 384
Mixed 335
SusWrite 326
81% 361 MB/s
4K Read 21.9
4K Write 73.9
4K Mixed 30.4
111% 42.1 MB/s
DQ Read 103
DQ Write 255
DQ Mixed 150
122% 169 MB/s
208GB free (System drive)
Firmware: S0924A0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 363 209 253 316 292 280 MB/s
Read 426
Write 360
Mixed 322
SusWrite 286
78% 348 MB/s
4K Read 23.7
4K Write 68.7
4K Mixed 25.1
104% 39.2 MB/s
DQ Read 142
DQ Write 306
DQ Mixed 45.4
86% 165 MB/s
185GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2103XKR
SusWrite @10s intervals: 274 379 385 376 378 212 MB/s
Read 430
Write 383
Mixed 351
SusWrite 334
84% 374 MB/s
4K Read 18.3
4K Write 44.3
4K Mixed 24
82% 28.9 MB/s
DQ Read 104
DQ Write 269
DQ Mixed 165
132% 179 MB/s
207GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2103XKR
SusWrite @10s intervals: 322 268 330 332 330 389 MB/s
Read 377
Write 397
Mixed 301
SusWrite 328
79% 351 MB/s
4K Read 16.4
4K Write 50.5
4K Mixed 18.7
76% 28.5 MB/s
DQ Read 97.6
DQ Write 258
DQ Mixed 146
120% 167 MB/s
203GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2104XKR
SusWrite @10s intervals: 285 137 38 88 101 59 MB/s
Read 258
Write 350
Mixed 255
SusWrite 118
55% 245 MB/s
4K Read 12.7
4K Write 34.1
4K Mixed 14.6
56% 20.5 MB/s
DQ Read 86.5
DQ Write 245
DQ Mixed 142
115% 158 MB/s
200GB free (System drive)
Firmware: S0918A0
SusWrite @10s intervals: 205 15 8.4 51 16 29 MB/s
Read 440
Write 376
Mixed 19.2
SusWrite 54.2
49% 222 MB/s
4K Read 18.2
4K Write 14.8
4K Mixed 0.5
36% 11.2 MB/s
DQ Read 81.6
DQ Write 14.2
DQ Mixed 0.4
12% 32.1 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 45,404,304 SSDs tested.

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Gaming
Gaming 7%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 58%
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Workstation
Workstation 6%
Tree trunk

System: AZW U57

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