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Samsung 950 Pro M.2 PCIe Gen 3x4 NVMe SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | m.2 SSDs in Storage | Posted: Oct 22, 2015 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 100%Manufacturer: Samsung

Moderate Workload Model

 

We categorize these tests as indicative of a moderate workload environment.

 

PCMark Vantage - Hard Disk Tests

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.2.0.0

 

The reason we like PCMark Vantage is because the recorded traces are played back without system stops. What we see is the raw performance of the drive. This allows us to see a marked difference between scoring that other trace-based benchmarks do not exhibit. An example of a marked difference in scoring on the same drive would be empty vs. filled vs. steady state.

 

We run Vantage three ways. The first run is with the OS drive 75% full to simulate a lightly used OS volume filled with data to an amount we feel is common for most users. The second run is with the OS volume written into a "Steady State" utilizing SNIA's guidelines. Steady state testing simulates a drives performance similar to that of a drive that been subjected to consumer workloads for extensive amounts of time. The third run is a Vantage HDD test with the test drive attached as an empty secondary storage device.

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used

 

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OS Volume 75% Full - Steady State

 

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Secondary Volume Empty - FOB

 

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There's a big difference between an empty drive, one that's 75% full/used, and one that's in a steady state.

 

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The important scores to pay attention to are "OS Volume Steady State" and "OS Volume 75% full." These two categories are most important because they are indicative of typical of consumer user states. When a drive is in a steady state, it means garbage collection is running at the same time it's reading/writing. This is exactly why we focus on steady state performance.

 

At 75% full and lightly used, the 950 Pro delivers the best score of our test pool. Its 52% better than the 400GB 750 Series. In a steady state, the 950 Pro outperforms the 1.2TB 750 series by 44%. This is solid evidence that the 950 Pro will deliver superior performance to the 750 Series in a typical consumer OS environment.

 

 

PCMark 7 - System Storage

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.4.0

 

We will look to Raw System Storage scoring for evaluation because it's done without system stops and, therefore, allows us to see significant scoring differences between drives.

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used

 

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17,000 is a new lab record for a single SSD. In this real-world test, the 950 Pro outperforms the 1.2TB Intel 750 Series by 38%.

 

 

PCMark 8 - Storage Bandwidth

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.5.419

 

We use PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs, and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices.

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used

 

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PCMark 8 is the most intensive moderate workload simulation we run. With respect to moderate workloads, this test is what we consider the best indicator of a drive's performance. We are blown away by this performance. This test perfectly illustrates that the 950 Pro is ideally tuned for a consumer workload environment. The 950 Pro can deliver 236.79 MB/s or 44% more storage bandwidth than the 1.2TB 750 Series SSD.

 

Again, comparing the SM951 AHCI to the 950 Pro, it's apparent just how much more performance the NVMe interface is capable of delivering.

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