Average Bench: 207% (36th of 956)

more Based on 2,916 user benchmarks.  Models: SAMSUNG MZVLB512HAJQ-000L2, SAMSUNG MZVLB512HAJQ-000L7, PM981 NVMe Samsung 512GB, NVMe SAMSUNG MZVLB512, SAMSUNG MZVLB512HAJQ-00000, NVMe PM981 NVMe Samsu

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB averaged 107.4% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 717MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 1,438MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 138%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 106MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 730MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,916 samples)
Min Avg Max
679 Read 1,594 2,310
706 Write 1,438 1,913
583 Mixed 1,069 1,485
568 SusWrite 730 838
270% 1,208 MB/s
Min Avg Max
29 4K Read 50.6 63.9
56.8 4K Write 106 150
31.4 4K Mixed 64.9 85.6
216% 73.7 MB/s
Min Avg Max
251 DQ Read 808 1,236
192 DQ Write 629 1,047
219 DQ Mixed 717 1,115
537% 718 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
434GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7201Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1337 960 592 597 594 594 MB/s
Read 2106
Write 1,568
Mixed 1,096
SusWrite 779
309% 1,387 MB/s
4K Read 59.3
4K Write 132
4K Mixed 77.5
259% 89.8 MB/s
DQ Read 982
DQ Write 849
DQ Mixed 889
674% 907 MB/s
414GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2L1QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1629 932 609 608 604 603 MB/s
Read 1,496
Write 1,016
Mixed 787
SusWrite 831
230% 1,032 MB/s
4K Read 61
4K Write 130
4K Mixed 79.9
264% 90.2 MB/s
DQ Read 956
DQ Write 807
DQ Mixed 862
651% 875 MB/s
434GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7201Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1431 916 457 499 470 479 MB/s
Read 1,340
Write 1,362
Mixed 596
SusWrite 708
224% 1,002 MB/s
4K Read 51.6
4K Write 116
4K Mixed 70.9
230% 79.3 MB/s
DQ Read 756
DQ Write 614
DQ Mixed 745
542% 705 MB/s
409GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 264 200 255 247 213 226 MB/s
Read 1,348
Write 958
Mixed 830
SusWrite 234
187% 843 MB/s
4K Read 52.2
4K Write 103
4K Mixed 66.2
219% 73.9 MB/s
DQ Read 888
DQ Write 990
DQ Mixed 924
700% 934 MB/s
279GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 745 1085 673 582 578 568 MB/s
Read 975
Write 1,247
Mixed 921
SusWrite 705
217% 962 MB/s
4K Read 44.9
4K Write 80.7
4K Mixed 56.1
183% 60.6 MB/s
DQ Read 715
DQ Write 288
DQ Mixed 758
493% 587 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 7,961,641 SSDs tested.

Typical PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 10,103 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 17%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 53%
Yacht

System: Dell XPS 15 9560 - $1,017

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Total price: $1,017

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Excellent

3 months ago.

the best money can buy, once mated with Samsung NVMe drivers


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