Samsung PM841 512GB mSATA SSD Review – Performance and Capacity in a Client SSD

ANVIL STORAGE UTILITIES PROFESSIONAL (BETA)

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.

Samsung PM841 512GB Anvil

Although the IOPS scores were a bit lower than expected, the Total Score of the samsung PM841 is very high and Anvil shows some great disk access times. Full identification of the system and SSD can be see in the lower left and right of this software.

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 PM841 512GB MSATA SSD PCMARK VANTAGE TESTING

The Samsung PM841 pulled through Vantage testing with a Total Score of 69088 points and a high transfer speed of 407MB/s. The PM841 placed in the top five of mSATA SSDs tested to date and was the highest 512GB mSATA SSD tested to date (pun intended). Actually, the PM841 placed well above the Mushkin Atlas 480GB SSD in Vantage testing, although both are excellent high capacity mSATA SSDs.

Samsung PM841 512GB Vantage 2

Our mSATA Hierarchy lists all mSATA SSDs tested to date, by result of their Vantage Total Score results only.

TSSDR mSATA SSD Hierarchy Vantage Chart

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Arthur Brownlee IV
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Arthur Brownlee IV

Thanks for the review, was looking to find a good high capacity SSD for my Ultrabook. Looks like I can swoop up the Samsung instead of the Atlas which I was hesitant about.

Les@TheSSDReview
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They are sold out presently and expect to be until the 28th. We have several e-mails already regarding lack of stock.

Ted
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Are there any updates on ETA on the PM841 512GB? I’ve been looking everywhere but no one has them in stock!

Les@TheSSDReview
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They apparently sell out faster than they can et them in. I might contact the seller listed on Amazon and see if you can reserve one.

Ja Man
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Gregoire Gentil
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Gregoire Gentil

I’m wondering if this 512GB will be used in the new Samsung Series 900X3E (1080p screen). In USA, NP900X3E-A02US=128GB, NP900X3E-A03US=256GB and there is no trace of 512GB. While in UK, NP900X3E-A01UK=256GB, NP900X3E-A03UK=512GB and there is no trace of 128GB. Totally confusing. As of end of April, only NP900X3E-A02US is available at Amazon. I think that I will buy NP900X3E-A02US, then buy and replace by a 480GB Muskin. I hope that the Series 900X3E uses a mSSD and Muskin can fit into it. Samsung (like Apple) really overprices the storage as $(NP900X3E-A03US) – $(NP900X3E-A02US) ~ $500 >> expected $1 * 128GB… Read more »

Les@TheSSDReview
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If you were hoping fot the reviewed drive, isn’t that cheaper than the Mushkin? They sold out within a day but should be restocked and available by end month so stay tuned. Nice systems though but I can’t see Samsung making a 512GB standard as it would cost too much for purchase. We should be happy that they are using their own mSATA SSDs finally…or are they?

Luke Macaulay
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Luke Macaulay

Thanks for the review. I don’t see any other large capacity SSDs out there so I’ll be keeping an eye out for when they come back in stock. I presume these would be compatible with most systems? I have a Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13…

kackburt
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kackburt

Any chance to get firmware upgrades here? mine isn’t recognized by the Magician software from Samsung.
(btw. the SSD came with my 900X4D)

Les@TheSSDReview
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Any chance to get firmware upgrades here? mine isn’t recognized by the Magician software from Samsung. Funny hitch though having bought it in a Samsung system and still not being able to use it with the Magician. Did Samsung Magician come pre-installed on the machine?

kackburt
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No it wasn’t unfortunately… I installed it myself to give it a try. I just read somewhere that the Magician supports consumer SSDs only and it seems like the PM841 isn’t one of those.