Solid state storage is the most important performance component found in a modern system today. Without it, you do not even have a performance system.
Samsung is known for being first to the market with new technology. 3D NAND technology is the wave of the future, and is probably the final nail in the coffin of spinning rust buckets. Samsung's V-NAND technology is a giant step forward in the world of flash-based storage, and Samsung should be applauded for their recently launched 850 Pro.
AHCI protocol does not fully exploit the potential of Samsung's V-NAND technology, and while our 850 Pro array dominates synthetic testing, it does not follow all the way through where it needs to be. If you want to have the fastest storage solution in an operating system environment, you need to be running a properly configured RAID 0 array.
This run through the lab shows that Samsung has some work to do in the RAID 0 department. Drives like Intel's 730, our current RAID 0 champion, have been designed specifically with RAID 0 in mind, and drives like Toshiba's Q Series Pro are just inherently great performers in RAID 0. Unfortunately, this is where we find an 850 Pro array lacking.
All of this will be a moot point when can have bootable PCIe, NVMe based arrays. I anticipate that Samsung's V-NAND technology, when accessed through the NVMe protocol, will be on the leading edge of the performance curve. Until then, a Samsung's 850 Pro based array is still a great choice, and an array I can recommend you own; it's just not the fastest thing going at the moment.
RAIDing two or more drives together provides you with storage that takes performance to the next level, and is something I recommend you try. Think of it as the SLI of storage. Once you go RAID, there's no going back!
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Drive Details, Test System Setup, Drive Properties, Pricing, and Availability]
- Page 3 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO, Anvil Storage Utilities, CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks (Trace Based OS Volume) - PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - Disk Response & Transfer Rates]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]