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Samsung 980 Pro vs Crucial P5 Plus: Which one to buy?

Samsung 980 Pro comes always at the top when we talk about the Gen 4 NVMe SSDs. But, as we all know, it has a lot of competitors as well. In fact, there are SSDs available at very cheap prices that claim to offer similar performance. Today, we are talking about the Crucial P5 Plus. It is an upgraded version of Crucial P5 which is a Gen 3 NVMe.

There is a lot of confusion among people about P5 Plus. But, there are reasons to choose both of them. If we talk about the theoretical speed, Crucial says that P5 Plus can reach up to 6600 and 5000 sequential read/write speeds. 980 Pro can go to 7000 and 5000 MB/s.

But, before going further, let me give you an overview.

Samsung 980 Pro is a clear winner when it comes to real-world performance. But, it is expensive because it clearly is made up for high-end users. On the other hand, the Crucial P5 Plus is perfect for budget users.

In this article, we are going to see how these both perform in benchmarks and then come to the results.

SpecificationSamsung 980 ProCrucial P5 Plus
Storage Variants250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB500GB, 1TB, 2TB
Theoretical Read Speed (Max.)7,000 MB/s6,600 MB/s
Theoretical Write Speed (Max.)5,000 MB/s5,000 MB/s
Form Factor/InterfaceM.2 (2280)/PCIe® Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe™ 1.4M.2/ x4 PCIe 4.0/NVMe
MTBF (Reliability)1.50 Million Hours2 Million Hours
Warranty5 Years5 Years
EncryptionAES 256-bit EncryptionTCG OPAL 2.0
Heatsink OptionNot AvailableNot Available
AvailabilityCheck PriceCheck Price

Almost everything in this table is similar for both. Again, the maximum sequential read/write speed is more with the Samsung 980 Pro. But, let’s go to the benchmarks to see the actual difference.

All these tests are performed on an Intel i5 12700K CPU with 4200 MHz DDR4 (16GB) RAM. SSDs are 0% filled during the tests and set as OS drives. 1TB variants of both SSDs are used for these tests.

Sequential read/write performance comparison bar graph (980 Pro vs P5 Plus)
Random read/write performance comparison bar graph (980 Pro vs P5 Plus)
PCMark 10 Scores comparison between Samsung 980 Pro and Crucial P5 Plus (Bar Graphi)
3D Mark Benchmark scores comparison between Samsung 980 Pro and Crucial P5 Plus (Bar Graphi)
PassMark Scores comparison between Samsung 980 Pro and Crucial P5 Plus (Bar Graphi)

Benchmark Scores Analysis: Both of the SSDs are performing almost similarly. However, Samsung 980 Pro has a better performance when it comes to writing and reading random data under its SLC write bandwidth. After that, the write speed decreases. Another thing to mention is that the PCMark scores are in favor of Crucial P5 Plus. All other tests are either similar or 980 Pro is winning by minimal numbers. So, it is fair to say that both are equally competitive.

ParameterSamsung 980 ProCrucial P5 Plus 1TB
TBW250GB: 150 TBW
500GB: 300 TBW
1TB: 600 TBW
2TB: 1,200 TBW
500GB: 300 TBW
1TB: 600 TBW
2TB: 1,200 TBW
Warranty5-Years Limited Warranty5-Years Limited Warranty
MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure)1.50 Million Hours2 Million Hours

Both these SSDs are having the same amount of TBW ratings. However, the P5 Plus comes with a higher MTBF. So, theoretically, it can work on your system for a much longer period.

Technical SpecificationSamsung 980 ProCrucial P5 Plus 1TB
NAND Flash TypeSamsung 3-bit TLC V-NANDMicron’s TLC
NAND Flash Layers128/136176
ControllerSamsung Elpis ControllerMicron DM02A1
Controller ConfigurationsNot Specified8 Channels
Heatsink OptionAvailableNot Available
EncryptionAES 256-bit Encryption (Class 0)TCG OPAL 2.0
WebsiteSamsung 980 ProCrucial P5 Plus

Samsung hasn’t specified the controller configurations. However, it does say that it can handle 128 I/O queues at a time. So, clearly, the controller is much more powerful than the 980 Pro.

There isn’t much difference in the price of both. However, the Samsung 980 Pro is a little expensive everywhere you buy. So, does the extra price worth it? In my opinion, it is. Make sure to compare the prices always before you make the purchase.

Samsung 980 Pro is a much more performance-oriented SSD as compared to the Crucial P5 Plus. However, Crucial P5 Plus is equipped with everything to serve high-end and normal users.

All the theoretical specifications look similar. But, when it comes to the benchmarks, no one is far away from each other. So, you can expect similar performance. Samsung 980 Pro is going to beat Crucial P5 Plus when it comes to real-world, high-end applications.

On the other hand, if you are looking to save some money while picking a good Gen 4 NVMe in the market, Crucial P5 Plus is the best option for you. All in all, both are great SSDs. It’s just that Crucial P5 Plus is focused more toward the general audience while 980 Pro is made for enthusiasts.

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