Technology and gaming content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
8,616 Reviews & Articles | 61,033 News Posts

Samsung 750 EVO 120 & 250GB SATA III SSDs Review (Page 6)

Jon Coulter | Feb 16, 2016 at 9:00 am CST - 3 mins, 18 secs time to read this page
Rating: 96%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, lightly used secondary device.

OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used

Samsung 750 EVO 120 & 250GB SATA III SSDs Review 25 | TweakTown.com

OS Volume 75% Full - Steady State

Samsung 750 EVO 120 & 250GB SATA III SSDs Review 26 | TweakTown.com

Secondary Volume Empty - FOB

Samsung 750 EVO 120 & 250GB SATA III SSDs Review 27 | TweakTown.com

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

Samsung 750 EVO 120 & 250GB SATA III SSDs Review 28 | TweakTown.com

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.

This is an example of planar TLC done right. The 750 EVO's smoke the planar TLC based competition, when data is on the drive and when the drive is in a steady state. The 120GB 750 EVO is able to generate slightly better performance than the 250GB model which in our opinion is a remarkable feat. Empty performance is essentially irrelevant, but we show it anyway just because we like to see massive results just as much as the next guy.

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

Samsung 750 EVO 120 & 250GB SATA III SSDs Review 29 | TweakTown.com
Samsung 750 EVO 120 & 250GB SATA III SSDs Review 30 | TweakTown.com

This test backs up our Vantage results. The EVO's all deliver class-leading moderate workload performance. In this case, the 250GB 750 EVO outperforms the 120GB model, as we would expect. The 850 EVO wins the test with a score of over 8000, but the 750's are right there nipping at its heels. The non-EVO portion of our test pool gets handily outperformed yet again.

PCMark 8 - Storage Bandwidth

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.4.304

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

Samsung 750 EVO 120 & 250GB SATA III SSDs Review 31 | TweakTown.com
Samsung 750 EVO 120 & 250GB SATA III SSDs Review 32 | TweakTown.com

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.

Moderate workload performance is really by far the most important aspect of a consumer SSD, and this is why we prefer the EVO series over anything on the market, because it delivers like no other. Even the mighty 850 Pro cannot match the EVO's in this test. The non-EVO drives in our test pool are once again overwhelmed.

Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:34 pm CDT

PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.

USUnited States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon.com

UKUnited Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon.co.uk

AUAustralia: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon.com.au

CACanada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon.ca

DEDeutschland: Finde andere Technik- und Computerprodukte wie dieses auf Amazon.de

Jon Coulter

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jon Coulter

Jon became a computer enthusiast when Windows XP launched. He was into water cooling and benching ATI video cards with modded drivers. Jon has been building computers for others for more than 10 years. Jon became a storage enthusiast the day he first booted an Intel X25-M G1 80GB SSD. Look for Jon to bring consumer SSD reviews into the spotlight.

We openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here. Please contact us if you wish to respond.

Related Tags