Average Bench: 205% (34th of 959)

more Based on 4,401 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 105.4% 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 751MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 1,433MB/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. Sustained Write Speed 709MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 106MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 4,401 samples)
Min Avg Max
666 Read 1,553 2,301
693 Write 1,433 1,866
600 Mixed 1,049 1,479
511 SusWrite 709 838
265% 1,186 MB/s
Min Avg Max
26.3 4K Read 50.1 64.1
55.5 4K Write 106 149
31.4 4K Mixed 64.7 85.9
215% 73.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
72.6 DQ Read 833 1,295
184 DQ Write 658 1,112
127 DQ Mixed 751 1,157
561% 747 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
387GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2L1QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 803 633 639 636 631 635 MB/s
Read 2,297
Write 1794
Mixed 1,400
SusWrite 663
343% 1,539 MB/s
4K Read 49.7
4K Write 142
4K Mixed 81.7
255% 91.2 MB/s
DQ Read 976
DQ Write 853
DQ Mixed 906
682% 912 MB/s
430GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L1QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1402 982 587 580 580 579 MB/s
Read 2,170
Write 1,170
Mixed 828
SusWrite 785
274% 1,238 MB/s
4K Read 60.5
4K Write 130
4K Mixed 66.3
245% 85.6 MB/s
DQ Read 783
DQ Write 503
DQ Mixed 633
475% 640 MB/s
424GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7101Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1610 941 597 594 598 597 MB/s
Read 1,066
Write 1,655
Mixed 970
SusWrite 823
255% 1,128 MB/s
4K Read 54.2
4K Write 105
4K Mixed 68.3
225% 75.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,020
DQ Write 882
DQ Mixed 938
706% 947 MB/s
430GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7101Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1611 917 601 600 566 601 MB/s
Read 919
Write 1,534
Mixed 818
SusWrite 816
231% 1,022 MB/s
4K Read 54.6
4K Write 108
4K Mixed 69.7
229% 77.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,069
DQ Write 938
DQ Mixed 996
749% 1,001 MB/s
357GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 837 1216 702 603 602 608 MB/s
Read 972
Write 1,335
Mixed 882
SusWrite 761
223% 988 MB/s
4K Read 48.9
4K Write 96
4K Mixed 61.6
204% 68.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1311
DQ Write 466
DQ Mixed 960
690% 912 MB/s
265GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2L1QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 599 563 576 578 566 569 MB/s
Read 2194
Write 1522
Mixed 1,051
SusWrite 575
296% 1,336 MB/s
4K Read 32
4K Write 98.4
4K Mixed 50.4
165% 60.3 MB/s
DQ Read 39.1
DQ Write 26.5
DQ Mixed 25.6
21% 30.4 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 9,124,865 SSDs tested.

Typical PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 10,161 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 17%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 52%
Yacht

System: Dell XPS 15 9560 - $1,085

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Total price: $1,085

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Excellent

5 months ago.

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


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