Samsung 980 Pro 1TB Performance Testing
We test using both the default smaller test size as well as larger test sets on our benchmarks. This allows us to see the difference between lighter and heavier workloads.
CrystalDiskMark is used as a basic starting point for benchmarks as it is something commonly run by end-users as a sanity check.
The Samsung 980 Pro 1TB comes in pretty close to its rated speeds. Read speeds are slightly under the rated line, but writes hit the mark almost exactly. Compared to other high-end drives the 980 Pro is a bit slower, but not to a large enough degree that it would bother most users.
Performance improves slightly on the larger CrystalDiskMark test, and the 980 Pro is very close to its rated specs here. Relatively speaking this drive is mostly keeping up with the rest of the high-end Gen 4 crowd.
ATTO Disk Benchmark
The ATTO Disk Benchmark has been a staple of drive sequential performance testing for years. ATTO was tested at both 256MB and 8GB file sizes.
In ATTO once again the Samsung 980 Pro does pretty good, but seems to be a half step behind the other high-end drives.
This pattern of keeping one step behind the leading pack holds for the larger ATTO test.
Anvil’s Storage Utilities
Anvil’s Storage Utilities is a comprehensive benchmark that gives us a very in-depth look at the performance of drives tested. This benchmark was run with both a 1GB and 8GB test size.
In Anvil, the Samsung 980 Pro 1TB finally has a moment to shine. Read score tops our chart, and write score is pretty good as well and manages to edge out the SK hynix Platinum P41.
The good news in Anvil continues for the Samsung 980 Pro, which once again finds itself atop the chart. Read scores trail the Phison drives, but still manage to outpace the P41.
AS SSD Benchmark
AS SSD Benchmark is another good benchmark for testing SSDs. We run all three tests for our series. Like other utilities, it was run with both the default 1GB as well as a larger 10GB test set.
AS SSD is not quite as kind to the Samsung 980 Pro, and it turns in middle-of-the-pack results. Read score slightly trails the WD SN850, while slightly outpacing that drive in write performance. The P41 manages a commanding lead over the 980 Pro in this test.
The Samsung 980 Pro performs a minor miracle and manages to improve its scores versus the smaller test. Almost every drive I test slips at least a small amount, and as a result, the 980 Pro moves up several positions on the chart.
SPECworkstation, thermals, and our conclusion are up next.