Up until recently, ATTO was the only benchmark created specifically for SSD testing and it uses incompressible data. AS SSD, for the most part, gives us the ‘worst case scenario’ in SSD transfer speeds because of its use of incompressible data and many enthusiasts like to AS SSD for their needs.
Once again, the uneducated consumer might believe that the SanDisk result on the left is comparable to that of the MyDigitalSSD on the right but let’s take a look at the two most influential factors in observing a visible performance increase, disk access speeds and that low 4k random write transfer speed. The access speed is represented as ‘Acc.Time’ and we can clearly see that the result on the right is significantly faster than that on the left. Once again, the 4k random write comparison again shows the SanDisk mSATA to be several times slower than the SMART SSD. This is where we can understand the resulting scores. Let’s try and bring a touch of reality into these tests:
The AS SSD Copy Bench simply creates three files (ISO, Program and Game) and moves them from one place on the SSD to another, much the way you might move things around when organizing your drive. It then concentrates only on the time it takes to move that file and the highest transfer speed reached. Any confusion here at all? Notice how fast the data was transferred with the MyDigitalSSD SMART mSATA (aka ADATA SX300)?
REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
Up until now, one might believe that I have been criticizing Samsung unfairly for their past and present releases of the Series 9 notebook but this is not my opinion whatsoever. In fact, on seeing the Series 9 15″ Ivy Bridge at my retailer today, she knew that I couldn’t get my wallet out fast enough to fork over the $1499.99 it cost me for this premium notebook/ultrabook. Without a doubt, this just may be the closest I have seen to the perfect portable, albeit it with the necessary switch from the worst to the best mSATA SSD on the market.
As with the first Series 9 release, it still has this small problem with fingerprint oil, however, the feel of this unit is solid and it’s display resolution is clear and bright. Unlike previous complaints I have read about the trackpad of former Series 9 releases, this one is very smooth and I have yet to find fault in any way. The plug seats itself solid into the ultra and, unlike the first release, the opposite end no longer contains a square plug in that can break in any way. Samsung tried to charge me $53 when that occurred.
I also didn’t want to close off without pointing this shot out as it truly depicts what Ivy Bridge is meant to be. On the left, we can see ATTO performance of 554MB/s read and 528MB/s write for the MyDigitalSSD which is an amazing score for any laptop. I wanted to display this because, another pre-release rumor of Ivy Bridge was that it could not perform full tilt on battery power alone as the system automatically adjusted for longer battery life.
As shown, these scores were obtained while on battery power and also while in the Samsung Optimized Mode vice high performance. To be honest, this was simply a mistake and I would have thrown it into High Performance if I had remembered. Last but not least, to get 7.5 hours out of any 15″ laptop is three times longer than I have ever experienced so things are looking up!
If my swift nature in replacing the Toshiba Z830 for the Samsung Series 9 is any indication of my love for this new ultra, it is a good measuring stick. The Toshiba has been by my side through trips to California, Jamaica, Las Vegas, Germany, Amsterdam and most recently Taiwan and I have shown it off to countless people at lectures, conferences and technology shows. In fact, I remember pulling it out to give a Spaniard a closer look in January at CES where his reply was that I just made several sales for Toshiba. I never had the chance to explain that I was not a Toshiba employee.
The Samsung Series 9 just completed it’s first tech report and will see me through several more shows and travels. Our Associate Editor simply says it was necessary to get the bigger screen as I just turned 47. All in all, the Samsung Series 9 15″ Ivy Bridge Ultra just got removed from my ‘Must Have’ list and we are all the better for it.
Nice turnout Samsung!!
There have been a number of questions with respect to this system as many are receiving information that the memory is integrated and cannot be replaced. I can confirm that I have removed the RAM, replaced it with 8GB of Kingston HyperX and it worked perfectly. Here is a shot of the RAM to verify that it is not integrated: