The Samsung PM871a SSD shows the drawback of its SATA interface. It’s a little disingenuous to call 547MB/sec reading and 498MB/sec writing slow, but we’re seeing NVMe drives deliver six times this performance now. This is still much faster than a conventional hard disk (see below), and the operating system and software loads quickly enough on this notebook. But we’re still waiting to see NVMe SSDs arrive on notebooks in earnest, which will make hibernation mode really fly when you turn the system back on.
The HGST Travelstar 7K1000 offers 145MB/sec reading and 137MB/sec writing, which is about 40 per cent behind the best desktop 7,200rpm SATA hard disks. But it’s pretty quick for a 2.5in mobile SATA drive, and will mean you won’t feel too impeded with load times from games installed on this storage device.