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Samsung 830 Series 512GB SSD Review

Crystalmark is a useful benchmark to measure theoretical performance levels of hard drives and SSD’s. We are using V3.0.1 x64.



The overall performance of the drive is very impressive, especially sequential read performance, which scores very close to 520 Mb/s. Write performance is 405.7 Mb/s, again an extremely strong result, although lagging behind the faster Sandforce 2281 powered drives.

When we enable the alternative ‘compressible’ setting called ‘0x00 fill’ the performance holds close to the previous result, although we noticed an increase in 512k write performance, gaining around 30 Mb/s.

Above, some compares with other leading manufacturer drives released this year. The results are favourable all round, although the Sandforce 2281 powered drives have definitely the performance edge in several areas.

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  • Joe

    A complete solution from Samsung, very interesting indeed. strange to see a non sandforce drive today.

  • Thomas Stevens

    Very nice indeed, I like it. Not this size however, 256mb might be good for an upgrade in 2012.

  • Brooke

    Nice drive, but I still think Sanforce 2281 has the edge in all the performance benchmarking. its a tough one to beat. still good to see competition, drives down prices, right?

  • Wily

    Samsung will have a really hard time selling these to consumers, they work well in OEM market, for Dell machines etc, but enthusiasts are slightly more educated and want Sandforce. thats my views on it anyway, based on forums like anandtech and hardocp.

  • Peter

    The price isn’t bad,and uncompressed performance is very strong as the test have shown. the issue is that the more affordable drives are slower and Samsung dont seem to be sending samples to review sites (64GB model for instance looks slow as molasses in write test).

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  • Turbut

    I think Samsung are better than any other maker, for the warranty and professionalism of the company. sandforce drives have failed MANY times, remember that.

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  • Bryans

    1st fact: today there is no one type of SATA SSD dominate the market to replace HDD.

    2nd fact: current SATA SSD maker more focus on speed rather than reliability, it make many people afraid to invest their money on SSD.

    3rd fact: only Intel and Samsung whose making NAND flash, Controller, and Firmware in an integrated way to assure reliability.

    4rd fact: Intel has shown weakness in SSD reliability (remember ‘Bad Context 13X Error’), only Samsung who still holding record for reliability almost perfectly.

    This is just from my point of view.

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