Average Bench: 237% (30th of 980)

Based on 2,004 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 137.2% 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 782MB/s
Avg. Sequential Write Speed 1,559MB/s

Terrible consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Samsung PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB is 167%. 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 111MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Read Speed 50.4MB/s

Average Bench

(Based on 2,004 samples)
Min Avg Max
614 Read 1,609 2,233
710 Write 1,559 2,280
565 Mixed 1,117 1,651
673 SusWrite 1,150 1,481
305% 1,359 MB/s
Min Avg Max
30.8 4K Read 50.4 62.4
59.8 4K Write 111 166
36.6 4K Mixed 66.5 87
220% 75.8 MB/s
Min Avg Max
93.7 DQ Read 857 1,373
162 DQ Write 678 1,185
169 DQ Mixed 782 1,251
581% 772 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest SSD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
919GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7101Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2309 2114 1118 1011 1044 985 MB/s
Read 2,022
Write 2,157
Mixed 1143
SusWrite 1,430
379% 1,688 MB/s
4K Read 64.3
4K Write 138
4K Mixed 81.8
276% 94.8 MB/s
DQ Read 1,576
DQ Write 1,378
DQ Mixed 1,455
1,097% 1,470 MB/s
923GB free (System drive)
Firmware: EXA7101Q Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 2150 1804 1192 1061 1105 1094 MB/s
Read 1,434
Write 2,016
Mixed 999
SusWrite 1,401
330% 1,463 MB/s
4K Read 39.3
4K Write 144
4K Mixed 58.6
211% 80.6 MB/s
DQ Read 1,580
DQ Write 1,391
DQ Mixed 1,491
1,116% 1,487 MB/s
596GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 4L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 712 782 1084 1023 875 740 MB/s
Read 1,383
Write 1,198
Mixed 721
SusWrite 869
233% 1,043 MB/s
4K Read 50.5
4K Write 96.2
4K Mixed 62.8
208% 69.8 MB/s
DQ Read 491
DQ Write 228
DQ Mixed 404
288% 374 MB/s
702GB free (System drive)
Firmware: 3L2QEXA7 Max speed: PCIe 5,000 MB/s
SusWrite @10s intervals: 577 587 573 664 765 756 MB/s
Read 1,049
Write 708
Mixed 743
SusWrite 654
176% 788 MB/s
4K Read 28.5
4K Write 41.6
4K Mixed 35.7
111% 35.3 MB/s
DQ Read 426
DQ Write 108
DQ Mixed 313
218% 282 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 11,409,242 SSDs tested.

Typical PM981 NVMe PCIe M.2 1TB Builds (Compare 4,888 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming 18%
Desktop 101%
Workstation 72%

System: Dell XPS 15 9570


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3 months ago.

I have 2o of them all very fast.


9 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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