Average Bench: 233% (60th 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%
954GB free
Firmware: 4L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2023 2010 1301 1187 1197 1195 MB/s
Read 2,189
Write 2,004
Mixed 1,605
SusWrite 1,485
409% 1,821 MB/s
4K Read 56.4
4K Write 127
4K Mixed 76.2
250% 86.5 MB/s
DQ Read 1,207
DQ Write 1,002
DQ Mixed 1,096
823% 1,102 MB/s
918GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1979 1992 1318 1183 1171 1180 MB/s
Read 2,228
Write 2,028
Mixed 1,612
SusWrite 1,470
412% 1,835 MB/s
4K Read 56.7
4K Write 128
4K Mixed 75.9
251% 86.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1142
DQ Write 999
DQ Mixed 1,070
802% 1,070 MB/s
739GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1851 725 724 720 659 160 MB/s
Read 2,240
Write 2,296
Mixed 1,758
SusWrite 806
398% 1,775 MB/s
4K Read 66.1
4K Write 183
4K Mixed 91.2
314% 113 MB/s
DQ Read 1,310
DQ Write 1,077
DQ Mixed 1,163
879% 1,183 MB/s
816GB free
Firmware: 5L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1991 1944 1312 1172 1178 1176 MB/s
Read 2,160
Write 2,002
Mixed 1,539
SusWrite 1,462
402% 1,791 MB/s
4K Read 49.6
4K Write 94.5
4K Mixed 62.4
205% 68.8 MB/s
DQ Read 435
DQ Write 313
DQ Mixed 400
292% 383 MB/s
694GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L1QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 965 1039 896 848 1010 925 MB/s
Read 1,735
Write 1,747
Mixed 1,288
SusWrite 947
321% 1,429 MB/s
4K Read 37.2
4K Write 87.9
4K Mixed 55.2
174% 60.1 MB/s
DQ Read 918
DQ Write 809
DQ Mixed 829
631% 852 MB/s
819GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2091 1941 1147 1146 1163 1154 MB/s
Read 1,143
Write 2,097
Mixed 1,054
SusWrite 1,440
326% 1,433 MB/s
4K Read 50.8
4K Write 19.3
4K Mixed 65.9
172% 45.3 MB/s
DQ Read 368
DQ Write 743
DQ Mixed 846
561% 652 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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