Average Bench: 233% (61st of 1058)

Based on 29,633 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 132.7% 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 790MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 1,709MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB is 174%. 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 105MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 50.8MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 29,633 samples)
Min Avg Max
728 Read 1,625 2,294
763 Write 1,709 2,297
643 Mixed 1,237 1,725
497 SusWrite 1,084 1,544
318% 1,414 MB/s
Min Avg Max
30.5 4K Read 50.8 63.8
53.8 4K Write 105 161
37.9 4K Mixed 65.3 88.3
216% 73.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
330 DQ Read 892 1,401
182 DQ Write 653 1,198
282 DQ Mixed 790 1,274
586% 778 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
399GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1326 1025 980 991 994 970 MB/s
Read 2,155
Write 2,091
Mixed 1,574
SusWrite 1,048
385% 1,717 MB/s
4K Read 54.5
4K Write 99
4K Mixed 70.3
225% 74.6 MB/s
DQ Read 1,150
DQ Write 826
DQ Mixed 957
723% 978 MB/s
910GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA74D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2114 1845 1279 1043 885 1071 MB/s
Read 732
Write 1,941
Mixed 790
SusWrite 1,373
276% 1,209 MB/s
4K Read 55.5
4K Write 115
4K Mixed 76.3
243% 82.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,152
DQ Write 930
DQ Mixed 1,038
778% 1040 MB/s
879GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1123 1609 1544 1106 1033 1093 MB/s
Read 1,024
Write 1,446
Mixed 1,144
SusWrite 1,251
276% 1,217 MB/s
4K Read 38.4
4K Write 105
4K Mixed 73.3
208% 72.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,263
DQ Write 858
DQ Mixed 1,010
768% 1,044 MB/s
901GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1624 1625 1320 1142 1132 1137 MB/s
Read 1,663
Write 1,631
Mixed 1,305
SusWrite 1,330
334% 1,482 MB/s
4K Read 35.6
4K Write 82.9
4K Mixed 48.8
160% 55.8 MB/s
DQ Read 854
DQ Write 500
DQ Mixed 725
527% 693 MB/s
879GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2008 2011 1150 905 966 950 MB/s
Read 946
Write 1,120
Mixed 858
SusWrite 1,332
241% 1,064 MB/s
4K Read 36
4K Write 106
4K Mixed 58.7
186% 67.1 MB/s
DQ Read 1,254
DQ Write 855
DQ Mixed 1,007
765% 1,039 MB/s
58GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 670 212 210 205 200 198 MB/s
Read 1725
Write 259
Mixed 459
SusWrite 282
147% 681 MB/s
4K Read 51.8
4K Write 111
4K Mixed 66.1
222% 76.2 MB/s
DQ Read 393
DQ Write 119
DQ Mixed 75.2
103% 196 MB/s
513GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA73D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 281 324 404 231 212 163 MB/s
Read 473
Write 639
Mixed 242
SusWrite 269
91% 406 MB/s
4K Read 13.7
4K Write 20.4
4K Mixed 21.1
59% 18.4 MB/s
DQ Read 151
DQ Write 132
DQ Mixed 103
88% 129 MB/s
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Typical PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB Builds (Compare 1,262 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 13%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 12%
Tree trunk

System: Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX581GV_UX581GV

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18 months ago.

I have 2o of them all very fast.


Terrible

3 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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