Average Bench: 246% (37th of 1011)

Based on 4,476 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 145.6% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB near the top of the comparison list.


Avg. 4K-64Thread Mixed IO Speed 922MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 1,732MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB is 166%. This is a particularly wide range which indicates that the Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.


Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 113MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 51.6MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 4,476 samples)
Min Avg Max
661 Read 1,501 2,257
746 Write 1,732 2,296
615 Mixed 1,164 1,684
691 SusWrite 1,215 1,514
316% 1,403 MB/s
Min Avg Max
31.8 4K Read 51.6 63
56.7 4K Write 113 166
36.8 4K Mixed 68.4 87.5
225% 77.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
209 DQ Read 1,023 1,506
169 DQ Write 827 1,296
170 DQ Mixed 922 1,372
691% 924 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
707GB free
Firmware: 3L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2393 2151 1161 1172 1171 1169 MB/s
Read 2,240
Write 2,317
Mixed 1,717
SusWrite 1,536
439% 1,952 MB/s
4K Read 61
4K Write 145
4K Mixed 84
277% 96.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,156
DQ Write 1,034
DQ Mixed 1083
815% 1,091 MB/s
912GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L1QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2117 2068 1178 1181 1191 1180 MB/s
Read 1907
Write 2,200
Mixed 1,352
SusWrite 1,486
391% 1736 MB/s
4K Read 55
4K Write 96.1
4K Mixed 66.2
219% 72.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,144
DQ Write 997
DQ Mixed 1,073
804% 1,071 MB/s
372GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1178 1171 1141 1111 1115 1121 MB/s
Read 1,496
Write 2,250
Mixed 1,319
SusWrite 1,139
350% 1551 MB/s
4K Read 57.4
4K Write 111
4K Mixed 74.1
241% 80.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1199
DQ Write 1,043
DQ Mixed 1,123
841% 1,122 MB/s
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 16,734,918 SSDs tested.

Typical PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB Builds (Compare 9,969 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 18%
Desktop 95%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation 62%

System: Dell XPS 15 9570


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10 months ago.

I have 2o of them all very fast.


16 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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