Average Bench: 245% (35th of 1011)

Based on 7,303 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 144.8% 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 911MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 1,721MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB is 165%. 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 114MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 51.7MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 7,303 samples)
Min Avg Max
709 Read 1,551 2,260
774 Write 1,721 2,301
630 Mixed 1,183 1,660
655 SusWrite 1,188 1,495
318% 1,411 MB/s
Min Avg Max
32.8 4K Read 51.7 64
62.9 4K Write 114 171
42.1 4K Mixed 68.5 89.2
226% 78 MB/s
Min Avg Max
242 DQ Read 997 1,416
207 DQ Write 789 1,260
351 DQ Mixed 911 1,317
677% 899 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
954GB free
Firmware: EXA74D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1907 1910 1350 1169 1174 1176 MB/s
Read 2,193
Write 2,003
Mixed 1,563
SusWrite 1,448
404% 1,802 MB/s
4K Read 58.4
4K Write 143
4K Mixed 84.2
272% 95.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1326
DQ Write 1,180
DQ Mixed 1,249
938% 1,252 MB/s
801GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1834 2094 1296 1253 1246 1245 MB/s
Read 2,164
Write 2,064
Mixed 1,528
SusWrite 1,494
407% 1,813 MB/s
4K Read 58.3
4K Write 130
4K Mixed 78.9
258% 89.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,238
DQ Write 1,038
DQ Mixed 1,140
854% 1,139 MB/s
681GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L1QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2127 1893 1181 1188 1173 1179 MB/s
Read 1,804
Write 2,217
Mixed 1373
SusWrite 1,457
386% 1,713 MB/s
4K Read 54.4
4K Write 92.6
4K Mixed 67.1
218% 71.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,145
DQ Write 978
DQ Mixed 1,068
798% 1,063 MB/s
770GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1737 1364 1141 1136 1041 1084 MB/s
Read 1,464
Write 1,786
Mixed 1,214
SusWrite 1,250
322% 1,429 MB/s
4K Read 44.8
4K Write 97.3
4K Mixed 58.1
194% 66.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,084
DQ Write 919
DQ Mixed 993
746% 999 MB/s
873GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1221 1505 1594 1024 967 915 MB/s
Read 1,496
Write 1,355
Mixed 1,079
SusWrite 1,204
288% 1,284 MB/s
4K Read 32.3
4K Write 39.5
4K Mixed 38.2
119% 36.7 MB/s
DQ Read 581
DQ Write 188
DQ Mixed 227
209% 332 MB/s
884GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA74D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1036 1055 1112 1080 1024 1023 MB/s
Read 812
Write 1,133
Mixed 749
SusWrite 1,055
212% 937 MB/s
4K Read 44.2
4K Write 87.9
4K Mixed 58.3
188% 63.5 MB/s
DQ Read 738
DQ Write 288
DQ Mixed 729
482% 585 MB/s
768GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 2L1QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 826 764 665 625 695 743 MB/s
Read 679
Write 1,005
Mixed 608
SusWrite 720
170% 753 MB/s
4K Read 36.1
4K Write 63.3
4K Mixed 40.4
140% 46.6 MB/s
DQ Read 554
DQ Write 220
DQ Mixed 617
396% 464 MB/s
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Typical PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB Builds (Compare 11,377 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 16%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 94%
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Workstation
Workstation 62%
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System: Dell XPS 15 9570

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13 months ago.

I have 2o of them all very fast.


Terrible

19 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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