Average Bench: 238% (56th of 1040)

Based on 22,453 user benchmarks.  Models: PM981 NVMe Samsung 1024GB, NVMe SAMSUNG MZVLB1T0, SAMSUNG MZVLB1T0HALR-00000, SAMSUNG MZVLB1T0HALR-000L7, SAMSUNG MZVLB1T0HALR-000L2

Outstanding average bench

The Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB averaged 137.8% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 855MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 1,756MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB is 185%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 108MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 51MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 22,453 samples)
Min Avg Max
747 Read 1,594 2,278
794 Write 1,756 2,305
624 Mixed 1,240 1,708
541 SusWrite 1,112 1,595
321% 1,425 MB/s
Min Avg Max
32.4 4K Read 51 64.2
47.9 4K Write 108 167
37.2 4K Mixed 66.9 88.4
220% 75.3 MB/s
Min Avg Max
371 DQ Read 961 1,431
150 DQ Write 732 1,235
227 DQ Mixed 855 1,323
637% 849 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
729GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1278 1087 1066 1095 833 955 MB/s
Read 1,999
Write 1,641
Mixed 1,359
SusWrite 1,052
338% 1,513 MB/s
4K Read 50.4
4K Write 116
4K Mixed 69.6
227% 78.6 MB/s
DQ Read 1,006
DQ Write 802
DQ Mixed 940
694% 916 MB/s
430GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 815 1047 1036 1029 1015 1018 MB/s
Read 2,044
Write 1,878
Mixed 1,231
SusWrite 993
344% 1,536 MB/s
4K Read 37.2
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 75.3
214% 75.7 MB/s
DQ Read 969
DQ Write 681
DQ Mixed 882
643% 844 MB/s
755GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1882 1935 1177 971 1004 1053 MB/s
Read 1,160
Write 1,576
Mixed 1,063
SusWrite 1337
291% 1,284 MB/s
4K Read 53.3
4K Write 99
4K Mixed 64.3
216% 72.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,039
DQ Write 825
DQ Mixed 858
662% 908 MB/s
171GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1110 992 796 609 574 520 MB/s
Read 2,203
Write 2,112
Mixed 1,402
SusWrite 767
362% 1621 MB/s
4K Read 34.8
4K Write 80.3
4K Mixed 48.8
158% 54.6 MB/s
DQ Read 936
DQ Write 856
DQ Mixed 856
653% 883 MB/s
618GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L1QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1171 979 1013 953 891 952 MB/s
Read 884
Write 1,490
Mixed 859
SusWrite 993
240% 1,057 MB/s
4K Read 53.5
4K Write 112
4K Mixed 71.1
231% 78.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,278
DQ Write 1,010
DQ Mixed 1,149
858% 1,146 MB/s
543GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1055 989 1000 994 1000 972 MB/s
Read 1,025
Write 2,119
Mixed 1,036
SusWrite 1,002
294% 1,295 MB/s
4K Read 54.4
4K Write 111
4K Mixed 70.8
232% 78.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,062
DQ Write 887
DQ Mixed 977
731% 976 MB/s
293GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXF7102Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1445 1372 881 784 768 756 MB/s
Read 1,252
Write 2,214
Mixed 1,391
SusWrite 1001
332% 1,464 MB/s
4K Read 46.3
4K Write 94.4
4K Mixed 64
202% 68.2 MB/s
DQ Read 879
DQ Write 645
DQ Mixed 750
564% 758 MB/s
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Typical PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB Builds (Compare 949 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 13%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 13%
Tree trunk

System: Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581GV_UX581GV

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10 months ago.

I have 2o of them all very fast.


Terrible

2 years ago.

IMHO best M.2 NVMe SSD in Q1 2018, but since it's an OEM drive Samsung offers literately no drivers if you buy one of them aftermarket (which I tried), so gotta wait for the "980 evo" or whatever they'll call the non OEM version...


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