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Samsung XP941 128GB PCIe SSD Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | m.2 SSDs in Storage | Posted: Aug 18, 2014 2:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 86%Manufacturer: RamCity

PCMark Vantage - Drives with Data Testing


For a complete breakdown on the Drives with Data Testing please read this article. You will be able to perform this test at home with the files provided in the article - full instructions are included.


- Brief Methodology


SSDs perform differently when used for a period of time and when data is already present on the drive. The purpose of the Drives with Data testing is to show how a drive performs in these 'dirty' states. SSDs also need time to recover, either with TRIM or onboard garbage collection methods.


Drives with Data Testing - 25%, 50%, 75% Full States and Dirty / Empty Test

Files needed for 60 (64GB), 120 (128GB), 240 (256GB)

60GB Fill - 15GB, 30GB, 45GB

120GB Fill - 30GB, 60GB, 90GB

240GB Fill - 60GB, 120GB, 160GB

Empty but Dirty - a test run just after the fill tests and shows if a drive needs time to recover or if performance is instantly restored.




The XP941 128GB also does a bit better with 50% of the drive filled. Going by percentage is a bit misleading since the 256GB drive at 50% has twice as much data on it. It's a lot of data to map and that's why we generally see the 128GB capacity size drives doing a little better here than the larger drives here.

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