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Samsung 750 EVO 500GB SATA III SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jun 8, 2016 3:15 am
TweakTown Rating: 97%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 drive's 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, lightly used secondary 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.

 

PNY's CS2211 delivers the best empty score we've ever recorded. However, empty scores are meaningless which is THE reason we test the way we do. With data on the drives, a different picture emerges and the CS2211 can't deliver anywhere near the performance of the 750 EVO's. The 850 EVO again assert's its dominance over the test pool.

 

 

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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This test serves as a perfect example of why we love Samsung's EVO series SSDs so much. The EVO's deliver outstanding real-world performance that is a cut above the competition. The only SATA SSD that can outperform the EVO's in this testing is Samsung's 850 Pro. Surprisingly, the 250GB 750 EVO delivers slightly better performance than the 500GB model.

 

 

PCMark 8 - Storage Bandwidth

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.4.304

 

We use PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, 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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As this test once again demonstrates that Samsung's cost effective EVO series SDDs are capable of delivering massive moderate workload performance. Although not charted, the 750 and 850 EVO's can even outperform the 850 Pro in this particular test.

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