Average Bench: 222% (58th of 1026)

more Based on 37,140 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 121.6% 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 888MB/s
Avg. 4K-64Thread Read Speed 1,017MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB is 149%. 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 675MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 113MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 37,140 samples)
Min Avg Max
846 Read 1,717 2,341
752 Write 1,554 1,962
683 Mixed 1,167 1,552
414 SusWrite 675 854
286% 1,278 MB/s
Min Avg Max
31.3 4K Read 53.3 65.9
54.6 4K Write 113 164
37.1 4K Mixed 68.8 88.8
229% 78.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
356 DQ Read 1,017 1,504
216 DQ Write 811 1,272
230 DQ Mixed 888 1,343
672% 905 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
388GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1802 757 611 603 603 601 MB/s
Read 2,296
Write 1914
Mixed 1,522
SusWrite 829
366% 1,640 MB/s
4K Read 59.1
4K Write 135
4K Mixed 78.8
262% 90.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1040
DQ Write 879
DQ Mixed 956
717% 958 MB/s
418GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1562 1040 609 602 611 609 MB/s
Read 1,994
Write 1,692
Mixed 1,373
SusWrite 839
330% 1,474 MB/s
4K Read 60.9
4K Write 142
4K Mixed 81.5
272% 95 MB/s
DQ Read 1,190
DQ Write 957
DQ Mixed 1075
804% 1,074 MB/s
232GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7201Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 716 636 634 632 618 630 MB/s
Read 2,060
Write 1,802
Mixed 1,473
SusWrite 644
334% 1,495 MB/s
4K Read 56.9
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 73.1
239% 80.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,069
DQ Write 715
DQ Mixed 852
647% 879 MB/s
330GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1748 815 609 603 606 611 MB/s
Read 1,009
Write 1,374
Mixed 862
SusWrite 832
230% 1,019 MB/s
4K Read 63.3
4K Write 131
4K Mixed 81.5
270% 91.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,404
DQ Write 1,206
DQ Mixed 1269
961% 1293 MB/s
317GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 641 577 494 515 556 567 MB/s
Read 2,151
Write 1,629
Mixed 993
SusWrite 558
296% 1,333 MB/s
4K Read 57.8
4K Write 102
4K Mixed 72.1
234% 77.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,049
DQ Write 610
DQ Mixed 858
631% 839 MB/s
341GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 901 635 636 638 640 638 MB/s
Read 2,132
Write 1,826
Mixed 1,420
SusWrite 681
338% 1,515 MB/s
4K Read 43.6
4K Write 122
4K Mixed 67.3
217% 77.8 MB/s
DQ Read 895
DQ Write 649
DQ Mixed 825
602% 790 MB/s
340GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 725 573 589 639 642 627 MB/s
Read 1,443
Write 1,855
Mixed 965
SusWrite 632
275% 1,224 MB/s
4K Read 55.8
4K Write 105
4K Mixed 67.7
227% 76.2 MB/s
DQ Read 918
DQ Write 723
DQ Mixed 832
619% 824 MB/s
279GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 689 523 596 590 581 573 MB/s
Read 1,226
Write 1,104
Mixed 853
SusWrite 592
211% 944 MB/s
4K Read 25.3
4K Write 41.9
4K Mixed 32.5
102% 33.2 MB/s
DQ Read 332
DQ Write 93.2
DQ Mixed 238
168% 221 MB/s
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Typical PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 512GB Builds (Compare 14,480 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 16%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 98%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 70%
Battle cruiser

System: Dell XPS 15 9570

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Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

27 days ago.

There is a device that is successful according to the price.


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