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Samsung SSD 980 PRO 1TB Review

To test real life performance of a drive we use a mix of folder/file types and by using the FastCopy utility (which gives a time as well as MB/s result) we record the performance of drive reading from & writing to a 256GB Samsung SSD850 PRO.

100GB data file.
60GB iso image.
60GB Steam folder – 29,521 files.
50GB File folder – 28,523 files.
12GB Movie folder – (15 files – 8 @ .MKV, 4 @ .MOV, 3 @ MP4).
10GB Photo folder – (304 files – 171 @ .RAW, 105 @ JPG, 21 @ .CR2, 5 @ .DNG).
10GB Audio folder – (1,483 files – 1479 @ MP3, 4 @ .FLAC files).
5GB (1.5bn pixel) photo.
BluRay Movie – 42GB.
21GB 8K Movie demos – (11 demos)
16GB 4K Raw Movie Clips – (9 MP4V files).
4.25GB 3D Printer File Folder – (166 files – 105 @ .STL, 38 @ .FBX, 11 @ .blend, 5 @ .lwo, 4 @ .OBJ, 3@ .3ds).
1.5GB AutoCAD File Folder (80 files – 60 @ .DWG and 20 @.DXF).

The SSD980 PRO handled our real-life file transfers without any problems particularly when dealing with the larger file size transfers, averaging 521MB/s for writes and 446MB/s for reads when dealing with these file types.

To get a measure of how fast the Samsung SSD980 PRO can transfer our real-life file samples we swapped the SATA based 256GB Samsung SSD850 PRO for an NVMe based 512GB Toshiba OCZ RD400.

Switching over to the NVMe drive to transfer data to and from the SSD980 PRO saw transfer speeds for the large file transfers rocket and times taken drop dramatically. Eight of the transfers topped well over 2GB/s while another topped 1GB/s.

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