Average Bench: 244% (41st of 1016)

Based on 10,464 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 863MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 1,749MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB is 163%. 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 109MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 51.7MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 10,464 samples)
Min Avg Max
776 Read 1,591 2,274
892 Write 1,749 2,301
725 Mixed 1,224 1,677
718 SusWrite 1,195 1,509
324% 1,440 MB/s
Min Avg Max
32.1 4K Read 51.7 64.2
54.8 4K Write 109 164
39.4 4K Mixed 67.3 87.2
222% 76 MB/s
Min Avg Max
288 DQ Read 971 1,395
191 DQ Write 752 1,190
179 DQ Mixed 863 1,271
645% 862 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
236GB free
Firmware: EXA74D1Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1528 1254 1251 1251 1253 1181 MB/s
Read 2,257
Write 2273
Mixed 1,783
SusWrite 1,286
427% 1,900 MB/s
4K Read 61
4K Write 146
4K Mixed 83.2
276% 96.7 MB/s
DQ Read 1,786
DQ Write 1,551
DQ Mixed 1,628
1,232% 1,655 MB/s
885GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2389 2001 1170 1160 1163 1168 MB/s
Read 2,279
Write 2,304
Mixed 1688
SusWrite 1,508
437% 1,945 MB/s
4K Read 61.4
4K Write 145
4K Mixed 84.9
279% 97.2 MB/s
DQ Read 1,325
DQ Write 1,177
DQ Mixed 1,245
935% 1,249 MB/s
919GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L1QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2152 1966 1131 1089 1122 1100 MB/s
Read 1,569
Write 1,906
Mixed 1,266
SusWrite 1,427
348% 1,542 MB/s
4K Read 54.3
4K Write 114
4K Mixed 72.8
236% 80.3 MB/s
DQ Read 1,357
DQ Write 1,006
DQ Mixed 1,153
870% 1,172 MB/s
562GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1265 1001 1076 1077 1076 1078 MB/s
Read 2020
Write 2,103
Mixed 1,233
SusWrite 1,095
362% 1,613 MB/s
4K Read 60.3
4K Write 116
4K Mixed 76.5
251% 84.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1288
DQ Write 834
DQ Mixed 1,004
764% 1,042 MB/s
891GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L1QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1957 2127 1173 1165 1172 1152 MB/s
Read 1,858
Write 2,189
Mixed 1,402
SusWrite 1,458
389% 1,727 MB/s
4K Read 52.7
4K Write 92.5
4K Mixed 68.9
217% 71.4 MB/s
DQ Read 1,055
DQ Write 753
DQ Mixed 912
679% 907 MB/s
831GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 5L1QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2101 2001 1173 1183 1194 1194 MB/s
Read 1,678
Write 2,206
Mixed 1,479
SusWrite 1,474
386% 1,710 MB/s
4K Read 56.4
4K Write 95.1
4K Mixed 67.3
222% 72.9 MB/s
DQ Read 1032
DQ Write 855
DQ Mixed 956
712% 948 MB/s
562GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7301Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 1402 1246 1216 1100 895 998 MB/s
Read 2068
Write 2,114
Mixed 1199
SusWrite 1,143
366% 1,631 MB/s
4K Read 60.5
4K Write 115
4K Mixed 76.3
250% 84 MB/s
DQ Read 112
DQ Write 820
DQ Mixed 974
601% 635 MB/s
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Typical PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB Builds (Compare 12,529 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 16%
Surfboard
Desktop
Desktop 93%
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Workstation
Workstation 61%
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System: Dell XPS 15 9570

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16 months ago.

I have 2o of them all very fast.


Terrible

22 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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