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Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVME SSD Review (256/512GB) – The NVMe Effect

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE

The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time-consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as Xbox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications

SAMSUNG 950 PRO M.2 NVME VANTAGE TOTAL SCORE

Both versions of the Samsung 950 Pro did extremely well in PCMark Vantage testing and surpassed the 200, 000 point mark, something very few other SSDs have done.  Both had in excess of 5 out of 8 of the tests surpass 1GB/s data transfer speeds with the high speed on both tests being 1.7GB/s during Windows media Player testing.

256GB

Samsung SSD 950 Pro 256GB M2 PCMark Vantage

512GB

Samsung 950 Pro NVMe 512GB SSD PCMark Vantage Score 2

IOMETER

Iometer is an I/O subsystem measurement and characterization tool for single and clustered systems. It is typical for our enterprise reviews, actually most enterprise reviews of any SSD review site, but we thought we might use it here just to see the highest we could reach.  This is not steady state testing.

512GB READ IOPS

IOMeter 4K Read 353K IOPS

512GB WRITE IOPS

IOMeter 4K Write 105K IOPS

We thought we might throw in these IOMeter results, solely for the fact that the 512GB version hit a high of 353,000 IOPS and this is well above listed specs.  Additional results for bandwidth and the 256GB version were unremarkable and displayed results similar to what we have seen in the several other completed benchmarks.

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