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What’s the difference between the Crucial P5 Plus and Samsung 980 Pro?

The P5 Plus and 980 Pro are two of the fastest M.2 solid state drives currently available. You can check out this comparison guide to see what the main differences are between these Crucial and Samsung SSDs.

Quick Summary

The Samsung 980 Pro Solid State Drive is slightly faster than the Crucial P5 Plus Solid State Drive at maximum sequential reading.

For maximum sequential writing, the 980 Pro is a lot faster at the 500 GB capacity and slightly faster at the 2 TB capacity when compared to the P5 Plus. The 1 TB versions of both storage drives have the same top write speeds.

When it comes to reliability, the Crucial P5 Plus is expected to last longer than the Samsung 980 Pro. With that said, the P5 Plus can’t be repaired like the 980 Pro.

Both SSDs have the same endurance and warranty coverage length.

You can check out how P5 Plus compares to the P5 with this guide. You can also see how the 980 Pro stacks up against the FireCuda 530 with this article.

P5 Plus vs. 980 Pro Comparison Chart

You can take a look at Seeking Tech’s comparison table for the P5 Plus and 980 Pro below.

 Crucial P5 Plus Solid State DriveSamsung 980 Pro Solid State Drive
Capacity Options500 GB

1 TB

2 TB
250 GB

500 GB

1 TB

2 TB
Model Numbers500 GB Crucial P5 Plus: CT500P5PSSD8

1 TB Crucial P5 Plus: CT1000P5PSSD8

2 TB Crucial P5 Plus: CT2000P5PSSD8
250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: MZ-V8P250B

500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: MZ-V8P500B

1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: MZ-V8P1T0B

2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: MZ-V8P2T0B
Form FactorM.2 2280M.2 2280
Memory Components3D NANDSamsung V-NAND
InterfacePCIe 4.0 NVMePCIe 4.0 NVMe
Maximum Sequential Read Speed500 GB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 6600 MB per second

1 TB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 6600 MB per second

2 TB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 6600 MB per second
250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 6400 MB per second

500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 6900 MB per second

1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 7000 MB per second

2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 7000 MB per second
Maximum Sequential Write Speed500 GB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 3600 MB per second

1 TB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 5000 MB per second

2 TB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 5000 MB per second
250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 2700 MB per second

500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 5000 MB per second

1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 5000 MB per second

2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 5100 MB per second
Endurance500 GB Crucial P5 Plus: 300 TBW

1 TB Crucial P5 Plus: 600 TBW

2 TB Crucial P5 Plus: 1200 TBW
250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: 150 TBW

500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: 300 TBW

1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: 600 TBW

2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: 1200 TBW
Reliability2,000,000 hours MTTF1,500,000 hours MTBF
Operating Temperature0 °C to 70 °C0 °C to 70 °C
Warranty5-year warranty5-year warranty
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Capacity Options

When it comes to capacity, the 980 Pro is the only one of the two products to offer a 250 GB option.

You can check out a breakdown of the available capacities for both below:

Crucial P5 Plus:

  • 500 GB
  • 1 TB
  • 2 TB

Samsung 980 Pro:

  • 250 GB
  • 500 GB
  • 1 TB
  • 2 TB

Model Numbers

You can also take a look at the model numbers attached to each capacity size below:

  • 500 GB Crucial P5 Plus: CT500P5PSSD8
  • 1 TB Crucial P5 Plus: CT1000P5PSSD8
  • 2 TB Crucial P5 Plus: CT2000P5PSSD8
  • 250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: MZ-V8P250B
  • 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: MZ-V8P500B
  • 1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: MZ-V8P1T0B
  • 2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: MZ-V8P2T0B

Form Factor

The P5 Plus and 980 Pro both use the M.2 2280 form factor.

Memory Components

When it comes to the memory components, the Crucial P5 Plus is built with 3D NAND while the Samsung 980 Pro is built with Samsung V-NAND.

Interface

As for the interface, the two internal storage drives in this versus showdown utilizes PCIe 4.0 NVMe.

Maximum Sequential Read Speed

When you compare the same capacity options, the 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro is 300 MB per second faster, or 4.55% faster, than the 500 GB Crucial P5 Plus at maximum sequential reading.

The 1 TB and 2 TB versions of the Samsung 980 Pro is 400 MB per second faster, or 6.06% faster, than the 1 TB and 2 TB versions of the Crucial P5 Plus.

You can check out the maximum sequential reading speed specifications below:

  • 500 GB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 6600 MB per second
  • 1 TB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 6600 MB per second
  • 2 TB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 6600 MB per second
  • 250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 6400 MB per second
  • 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 6900 MB per second
  • 1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 7000 MB per second
  • 2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 7000 MB per second

Maximum Sequential Write Speed

As for maximum sequential writing, the 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro is 1400 MB per second faster, or 38.89% faster, than the 500 GB Crucial P5 Plus.

The 2 TB Samsung 980 Pro is 100 MB per second faster, or 2% faster, than the 2 TB Crucial P5 Plus.

The 1 TB versions of both solid state drives have the same top write speeds.

You can take a look at the maximum sequential write speed specs below:

  • 500 GB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 3600 MB per second
  • 1 TB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 5000 MB per second
  • 2 TB Crucial P5 Plus: Up to 5000 MB per second
  • 250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 2700 MB per second
  • 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 5000 MB per second
  • 1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 5000 MB per second
  • 2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: Up to 5100 MB per second

Endurance

When you compare the same capacities, the P5 Plus and 980 Pro are identical at endurance when it comes to Terabytes Written.

You can find the TBW specs below:

  • 500 GB Crucial P5 Plus: 300 TBW
  • 1 TB Crucial P5 Plus: 600 TBW
  • 2 TB Crucial P5 Plus: 1200 TBW
  • 250 GB Samsung 980 Pro: 150 TBW
  • 500 GB Samsung 980 Pro: 300 TBW
  • 1 TB Samsung 980 Pro: 600 TBW
  • 2 TB Samsung 980 Pro: 1200 TBW

Reliability

In terms of reliability, the P5 Plus is expected to last longer although it is not repairable. While the 980 Pro has a shorter reliability rating, the SSD can be repaired.

You can find the specifications below:

  • Crucial P5 Plus: 2,000,000 hours Mean Time to Failure
  • Samsung 980 Pro: 1,500,000 hours Mean Time Between Failures

Operating Temperature

The P5 Plus and 980 Pro have the same recommended operating temperature range, which is from 0 °C to 70 °C.

Warranty

The Crucial P5 Plus Solid State Drive and Samsung 980 Pro Solid State Drive each comes with a 5-year warranty.

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