Average Bench: 225% (49th of 1011)

more Based on 19,909 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 124.5% 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 918MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 1,032MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 142%. 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. Sustained Write Speed 702MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 117MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 19,909 samples)
Min Avg Max
830 Read 1,714 2,338
699 Write 1,490 1,890
680 Mixed 1,141 1,551
494 SusWrite 702 845
282% 1,262 MB/s
Min Avg Max
28.7 4K Read 53.8 67.1
63 4K Write 117 176
31.1 4K Mixed 68.7 91.5
231% 79.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
413 DQ Read 1,032 1,528
255 DQ Write 832 1,303
360 DQ Mixed 918 1,356
691% 927 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
293GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1734 787 588 587 589 595 MB/s
Read 2,138
Write 1,721
Mixed 1,318
SusWrite 814
334% 1,498 MB/s
4K Read 59.4
4K Write 122
4K Mixed 76.6
252% 85.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,202
DQ Write 1049
DQ Mixed 1,104
833% 1,118 MB/s
293GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1737 878 588 591 595 594 MB/s
Read 2,143
Write 1858
Mixed 1311
SusWrite 830
343% 1,536 MB/s
4K Read 59.1
4K Write 121
4K Mixed 73.3
248% 84.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,196
DQ Write 1,039
DQ Mixed 1,110
834% 1,115 MB/s
213GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA72D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 604 494 494 500 483 484 MB/s
Read 2,290
Write 1,745
Mixed 1,506
SusWrite 510
337% 1,513 MB/s
4K Read 64.3
4K Write 152
4K Mixed 86.4
289% 101 MB/s
DQ Read 1,098
DQ Write 958
DQ Mixed 1,010
762% 1,022 MB/s
380GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1574 1023 603 593 604 603 MB/s
Read 1821
Write 1532
Mixed 1,104
SusWrite 833
296% 1,323 MB/s
4K Read 58.7
4K Write 139
4K Mixed 65.2
246% 87.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,080
DQ Write 947
DQ Mixed 1035
770% 1,021 MB/s
141GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 477 413 406 401 395 390 MB/s
Read 1,976
Write 1,797
Mixed 1280
SusWrite 414
305% 1,367 MB/s
4K Read 51
4K Write 105
4K Mixed 66.1
217% 73.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,086
DQ Write 932
DQ Mixed 984
744% 1,001 MB/s
94GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 395 303 295 294 289 283 MB/s
Read 998
Write 862
Mixed 833
SusWrite 310
168% 751 MB/s
4K Read 59.3
4K Write 133
4K Mixed 78.7
261% 90.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,016
DQ Write 871
DQ Mixed 948
709% 945 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,104,221 SSDs tested.

Typical PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 11,361 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 16%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 90%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 60%
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System: Dell XPS 15 9570

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Excellent

18 months ago.

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


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