When Samsung launched their 750 EVO back in February of this year, it came in two capacities, 120GB and 250GB. Availability was essentially limited to emerging markets and system integrators. The 750 EVO generated quite a buzz within the enthusiast community because of its superior performance at a low price point. A lot of people wanted to get their hands-on a 750 EVO, but availability was an issue preventing most from acquiring their own. Additionally, capacity points of 120GB and 250GB were not enough for many users, even if they were able to buy one.
Samsung is always quick to respond to the demands of the market place, and last week announced they will expand consumer availability of the 750 EVO worldwide. In addition, Samsung announced a new 500GB capacity point would be added to the 750 EVO lineup. Previously, we tested the 120GB and 250GB 750 EVO's and found the 750 EVO capable of delivering significantly better performance than rival solutions. We were blown away by Samsung's ability pack so much performance into these small capacity SSDs. The only thing we were left wanting for was more capacity. To us, 480GB is the minimum size necessary to satisfy our capacity needs.
Samsung was apparently thinking the same thing, and today offers the 750 EVO at what we feel is a far more attractive capacity point. We feel Samsung's 850 EVO is currently the best performing SATA III SSD on the market. The 750 EVO doesn't unseat the champ, but it is capable of delivering performance that does rival that of the 850 EVO, especially at a 500GB capacity point. In terms of pecking order without price factored in, Samsung (in our opinion) owns the top three spots for SATA III performance. 850 EVO, 850 Pro and now the 750 EVO 500GB; in that order.
One of the things we feel separates Samsung SSDs from the competition is that they always deliver sequential and random performance where it matters most; QD1 and QD2. In fact, Samsung states that the 750 EVO is specifically tuned to deliver class-leading performance at QD1-2. There are lower cost options on the market, but in the case of Samsung's SATA III SSD's you get what you pay for. For a few dollars more you get the return of superior performance; enough additional performance that in most cases you can "feel" the difference.
Samsung's 750 EVO employs a planar flash array whereas the 850 EVO employs a 3D flash array. The 750 EVO's 16nm planar (2D) flash array is more cost effective than 3D flash. This allows Samsung to offer the 750 EVO at a lower price point than the 850 EVO. Like the 850 EVO, the 750 EVO employ's Samsung's proprietary "TurboWrite" SLC caching to boost burst performance. In addition, the latest version of Samsung's Magician software, version 4.9.7, enables RAPID mode on the 750 EVO. For those of you unfamiliar with RAPID, it is Samsung's proprietary caching software that when enabled, allocates a portion of system memory as a cache for your Samsung SSD. This provides greatly improved performance and also extends the overall lifespan of the drive's flash array by sequentializing random data before flushing it to the drive's the flash array.
Additional capacity almost always results in better performance, which means the 500GB 750 EVO should be even faster than the already blazing fast 120-250GB 750 EVO's. Let's take a close look and see if this is the case.
Samsung's 750 EVO 2.5"x7mm SATA III SSD is available in three capacities: 120GB, 250GB and 500GB. The 500GB model we have on the bench has the following factory specifications:
Sequential Read: up to 540 MB/s. Sequential Write: up to 520 MB/s. Max 4K Random Read: up to 98,000 IOPS (QD32). Max 4K Random Write: up to 88,000 IOPS (QD32). 4K QD1 Read: up to 10K IOPS. 4K QD1 Write up to 40K IOPS. MTBF: 1.5 million hours. TBW: 100TB. Power: Active Avg. Read/Write 2.4/2.8W, Idle 50mW, Device Sleep 6mW. Data Security: AES 256-bit for Full Disk Encryption (FDE), TCG/Opal v2.0 Encrypted Drive (IEEE1667). The 500GB 750 EVO carries an MSRP of $149.99.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 2 [Drive Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Properties]
- Page 4 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO & Anvil's]
- Page 5 [Synthetic Benchmarks – CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Trace-Based) - Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks (Secondary) – Max IOPS, Response & Transfer Rates]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks (Secondary) – PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks (Secondary) - 70/30 Mixed Workload]
- Page 10 [Maxed-Out Performance (MOP)]
- Page 11 [Final Thoughts]