Samsung PM830 SATA 3 256GB mSATA SSD Review – Ultrabooks To Gain Capacity and SATA 3 Speed

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

If you are new to testing and considering benchmark software, this is the best you can get because the program goes well beyond the results of simulated testing as we have already done. In comparing SATA 2.0 SSDs, we have reached the bandwidth limit and the performance of most new SATA 2 SSDs is as high as it can get with typical high sequential access speeds in the area of 280MB/s read and 270MB/s write.

We needed a way to differentiate these drives and to find a method that can actually put one drive above another and this is exactly what Vantage testing does. Its tests combined can provide an accurate comparison between drives and its tests individually can assist a smart shopper in finding the best SSD for their needs. Next to actual true to life testing which can take an insurmountable length of time, PCMark Vantage is the only program that can compare any SSD, side by side, regardless of SATA interface or controller in use.

SAMSUNG PM830 SATA 3 256GB SSD VANTAGE RESULTS

The PM830 finished the Vantage HDD Suite with a ‘Total Point Score’ of 60598 and a high transfer speed of 352MB/s when testing in Windows Media Center.  This is an excellent score because the PM830 is only the second mSATA of several that we have tested to reach the 60,000 point plateau.

Lets take a look at it with the rest of our ‘new gen’ SATA 3 SSDs that have reached the 60,000 mark:

The two arrows display the only two mSATA SSDs to reach the 60,000 plateau, these being the PM830 and the Runcore T50 120GB ‘SandForce Driven’ mSATA SSD.  The big difference between the two, of course, is the fact that only the Samsung PM830 is available in 256GB capacity while the Runcore is restricted to 120GB max.

This photograph does a good job of showing the PM830 SSDs’s small size as it sits in the touchpad of our Toshiba Z830 ultrabook.

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1806

we all waited test PM830 256GB SSD in Toshiba Z830 ultrabook…
why you test ultrabook SSD in desktop?!

Les@TheSSDReview
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As stated in the article, we could not get the SSD to run at SATA 3 speeds in the Z830 as we did with the T50 in its review. We are hoping to have an ultrabook in the office very soon that will enable SATA 3 testing and this review will be accordingly updated.

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OK, thanks.

Ron
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Ron

Is the pm830 at least as fast as the OEM SSD in the Z830?

Les@TheSSDReview
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Much more so… I will try to dig them up after CEBit!

aus_k
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aus_k

I hope that you’ll keep pestering Samsung to make this drive available through retail channels, I’m waiting to buy one for my late 2011 hp Envy 17 3D.

Les
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Les

Thanks for commenting on this as you are not alone and Samsung takes a close look at all product reviews and comments such as yours.

erm
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erm

the arrow in the pcmark vantage results chart is pointing to ‘pm800 msata’. should it be pointing to the ‘pm830 256gb’ result higher up, or is that a typo?

Les@TheSSDReview
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Negative, that is the correct position, however, the model should be 830 and will be amended Tx!

Machupo
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Machupo

I would love to be able to buy this in the retail channel as I’m building a “small as possible” top end gaming rig — this would make a great drive to run everything off of. The Runcore 120GB just isn’t quite big enough to get everything I need on it. Guess we’ll have to see where the price point lands for this drive, but I really hope that Samsung gets it into the retail network!

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Bob Pierre-Paul

Great article on the state of the [samsung] art. Do you know what processors are slated for “Rev B” Series 9? I’ve been patiently waiting for the next version of their S9. Cheers.