Samsung 830 Series SATA 3 512GB SSD Review – Amazing Performance and an Unbeatable Toolbox

CRYSTAL DISK BENCHMARK VER. 3.0.1 X64

Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of raw (0/1 Fill/compressible) or random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Many new ‘SandForce Driven’ SSD owners who can’t wait to test the performance of their SSD often grab this program and run a quick test, not realizing that they are testing with incompressible data rather than compressible data used in testing by manufacturers.  Samsung does not use compression in storage and the best we can show you for this drive is our result with Crystal’s random data sampling.

The 512GB puts in a good showing with CrystalDiskMark.  It’s sequential reads and writes are stellar, generating some of the highest numbers around in that respect, and backing up the numbers seen in ATTO.  There is one reading which is so high that it would seem an anomaly if it weren’t repeatable time after time. The QD1 4K random write score is exceptional and at 119.8MB/s, it’s just a hair shy of 120MB/s. CDM uses the highest result from each repetition to display, and so it generally delivers higher results than the similar AS-SSD bench.

One thing is clear already; the 830 is a beast when it comes to sequential writes and QD1 4K random writes. The Samsung would likely excel in media editing and creation tasks, or anywhere compressed data needs to get written quickly.

AS SSD BENCHMARK VER 1.64

Up until recently, AS SSD was the only benchmark created specifically for SSD testing and it tests through use of incompressible data which shows us the ‘worse case’ performance scenario in SSD transfer speeds.  Many enthusiasts prefer benchmarking with AS SSD for their needs.

AS SSD averages results, and does more intensive testing of 4K randoms than CDM.  This bench does generate lower 4K scores than CDM, but are closer to speeds which might be realized in actual usage.  As a result, the 64.52MB/s achieved in the QD1 4K write category is most pleasing, even though it’s half of the CrystalDisk score.  AS SSD also records access times, which are arguably more important. The Samsung does quite well there, too, on par with it’s Marvell-powered peers and ahead of most SF drives.

ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL

You may not see this for long (and its definitely not common) but you get a freebee simply for reading!  Over the last little while, we have been assisting with beta testing new benchmark software called Anvil Storage Utilities which is an absolutely amazing SSD benchmarking utility.  Not only does it have a preset SSD benchmark, but also, it has included such things as endurance testing and threaded I/O read, write and mixed tests, all of which are very simple to understand and utilize in our benchmark testing.

Anvil Storage Utilities has a vast array of options, including multiple compression levels, and multi-threaded read and write tests.

The larger 830s are said to reach 80,000 4K read IOPS and 36,000 4K write. We see 78,681 4K read IOPS and 35,712 4K write IOPS at QD128 and QD32 respectively, very close to the rated numbers and virtually identical to the 256GB version.

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nice review!

The Muss
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512gb is too much. Seriously you can get 128gb SSD. All of your games programs apps will be on that drive. My “documents” musics videos put them on tb drive.

Les@TheSSDReview
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That was an unexpected comment with so many that swear by multi-TB hard drives for all of their storage.

wditters
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I have a Lenovo T420s on which I run 3 virtual machines, each approx 75Gb in size. I can’t begin to tell you how nice iit is to have speed *and* capacity combined in one!

wditters
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I love this drive. I have one in my Lenovo T420s and use it t run two Virtual Machines off it. Amazing performance. However, one thing is important to highlight. Similar to Intel OEM drives, Samsung does not provide support or firmware for OEM drives. They will refer you to OEMS (Dell etc) whenever you need support. Fixes in retail firmware will only reach OEMs when the issues these fixes treat are serious enough. For Samsung drives this has become painfully obvious when PM800 owners had to resort to hacking their drives into retail firmware in order to support TRIM.… Read more »

kPa
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kPa

Not exactly… Intel DOES support their OEM drives with firmware updates, in my experience. I have an x-18m 160 GB OEM from HP that is easily supported and updated with Intels Toolbox…and if I’m not mistaken, Crucial/Micron also allows firmware updates to their OEM drives.

Samsung should do the same…

max-bit
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DELL has a poor technical support.
To be worse DELL refers to Samsung, and Samsung refers to DELL.
A large serious company … and the people doing the jokes
. More can be read here:
http://en.community.dell.com/owners-club/alienware/f/3746/t/19431377.aspx?PageIndex=2
http://forum.notebookreview.com/alienware-m17x/638053-updating-samsung-pm830-firmware-2.html
I’m going to do its part, Dell and Samsung anti-advertising.
According to me they deserve. I also recommend users also overwhelm DELL technical support e-mails Samsung also.
Otherwise, both companies will not do anything with the problem.

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The Muss: yes, while 512GB is more then enough for the average user, this drive serves as an excellent replacement for mechanical disks in storage arrays and in server computing. My company uses the 256GB and 512GB model drives in our servers and storage arrays and the performance and value you get is unmatched.