Average Bench: 244% (43rd of 1026)

Based on 13,533 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 144.1% 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 884MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 1,786MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB is 148%. 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 51.3MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 13,533 samples)
Min Avg Max
764 Read 1,631 2,256
911 Write 1,786 2,296
735 Mixed 1,242 1,656
708 SusWrite 1,173 1,491
328% 1,458 MB/s
Min Avg Max
34.5 4K Read 51.3 61.8
58.8 4K Write 108 152
44 4K Mixed 66.8 84.4
221% 75.5 MB/s
Min Avg Max
463 DQ Read 984 1,407
234 DQ Write 755 1,219
350 DQ Mixed 884 1,293
657% 874 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
777GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 866 1745 1803 1147 695 567 MB/s
Read 2,252
Write 2,284
Mixed 1,486
SusWrite 1,137
401% 1,790 MB/s
4K Read 62.2
4K Write 146
4K Mixed 82.4
277% 96.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,262
DQ Write 718
DQ Mixed 967
726% 982 MB/s
775GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXF7102Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1524 1870 1541 1527 1493 1529 MB/s
Read 1,960
Write 2,111
Mixed 1,628
SusWrite 1,581
410% 1,820 MB/s
4K Read 51.9
4K Write 91
4K Mixed 64
209% 69 MB/s
DQ Read 1,108
DQ Write 824
DQ Mixed 959
719% 964 MB/s
482GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L1QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1991 1375 1269 1266 1273 1266 MB/s
Read 1,748
Write 2,196
Mixed 1,277
SusWrite 1,407
374% 1,657 MB/s
4K Read 55.3
4K Write 104
4K Mixed 66.4
224% 75.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1238
DQ Write 906
DQ Mixed 1,032
782% 1,059 MB/s
828GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L1QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2023 2161 1215 1145 1156 1150 MB/s
Read 1,509
Write 2,248
Mixed 1,462
SusWrite 1475
379% 1,673 MB/s
4K Read 56.6
4K Write 96.8
4K Mixed 69.3
226% 74.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,007
DQ Write 834
DQ Mixed 928
693% 923 MB/s
806GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 990 851 795 1155 1131 1080 MB/s
Read 2,039
Write 1,587
Mixed 1,331
SusWrite 1,000
333% 1,490 MB/s
4K Read 54.7
4K Write 125
4K Mixed 74.2
244% 84.5 MB/s
DQ Read 754
DQ Write 321
DQ Mixed 576
416% 550 MB/s
902GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 914 974 989 1220 1038 1030 MB/s
Read 1,572
Write 1,210
Mixed 1,116
SusWrite 1,028
276% 1,231 MB/s
4K Read 46.8
4K Write 83.9
4K Mixed 58.9
191% 63.2 MB/s
DQ Read 636
DQ Write 277
DQ Mixed 657
434% 523 MB/s
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Typical PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB Builds (Compare 14,481 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 16%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 102%
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Workstation
Workstation 72%
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System: Dell XPS 15 9570

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2 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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