Average Bench: 241% (32nd of 1003)

Based on 3,459 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 140.9% 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 868MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 1,661MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB is 167%. 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 112MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 51MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,459 samples)
Min Avg Max
760 Read 1,534 2,233
760 Write 1,661 2,293
652 Mixed 1,150 1654
651 SusWrite 1,174 1,483
311% 1,380 MB/s
Min Avg Max
31.4 4K Read 51 62.7
54.2 4K Write 112 162
38.7 4K Mixed 67.5 85.9
223% 77 MB/s
Min Avg Max
112 DQ Read 963 1,456
169 DQ Write 765 1,269
147 DQ Mixed 868 1,371
649% 865 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
854GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1765 1268 1273 1263 1267 1264 MB/s
Read 2,218
Write 2,208
Mixed 1,553
SusWrite 1,350
411% 1,832 MB/s
4K Read 55.2
4K Write 134
4K Mixed 76.4
253% 88.6 MB/s
DQ Read 1,186
DQ Write 1045
DQ Mixed 1,113
835% 1,115 MB/s
856GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2065 2177 1195 1162 1150 1164 MB/s
Read 2153
Write 2,225
Mixed 1549
SusWrite 1,485
416% 1,853 MB/s
4K Read 56.2
4K Write 113
4K Mixed 73.4
239% 80.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1,184
DQ Write 962
DQ Mixed 1,062
798% 1,069 MB/s
577GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1144 1186 1152 1190 1133 964 MB/s
Read 2,019
Write 1821
Mixed 1,379
SusWrite 1,128
356% 1,587 MB/s
4K Read 47.3
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 68.4
220% 76.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,114
DQ Write 1,468
DQ Mixed 1,210
936% 1,264 MB/s
613GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1377 1887 1398 1121 1127 1126 MB/s
Read 1,195
Write 2,157
Mixed 1,166
SusWrite 1,339
332% 1,464 MB/s
4K Read 57
4K Write 124
4K Mixed 75.9
249% 85.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,390
DQ Write 1,165
DQ Mixed 1,264
950% 1,273 MB/s
613GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1698 1959 1190 1094 1083 1072 MB/s
Read 1,110
Write 1,475
Mixed 978
SusWrite 1,349
278% 1,228 MB/s
4K Read 54.7
4K Write 120
4K Mixed 72.8
240% 82.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,369
DQ Write 1,154
DQ Mixed 1,252
941% 1,258 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 15,198,020 SSDs tested.

Typical PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB Builds (Compare 8,631 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 18%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 101%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 72%
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System: Dell XPS 15 9570

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9 months ago.

I have 2o of them all very fast.


Terrible

15 months 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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