Samsung 830 256GB SATA 3 SSD Review – Make Way For Incredible Performance & Lower Prices

TEST BENCH AND PROTOCOL

This is The SSD Review Test Bench Number Two. A quick click on the photo will give you a better look.

In testing, our main objective is to obtain results as pure and as accurate as possible and we want to ensure that no anomalies slip through.

Simply put, we want to provide you with the absolute best results the tested hardware can provide.

Repetition in testing is standard and, if necessary, we may conduct specific tests in Windows 7 safe mode to ensure the OS has little to no influence on the end result.

In order to validate and confirm our findings, testing is supported by industry accepted benchmark programs. All results are displayed through capture of the actual benchmark for better understanding of the testing process by the reader.

We would like to thank OCZ, Corsair, ASRock, Crucial and Fractal-Design for sponsoring components of our Test Bench.

BENCHMARK SOFTWARE

Software utilized for this review consists of ATTO Disk Benchmark, Crystal DiskMark, AS SSD, Anvil Storage Utilities, HDTune Pro and PCMark Vantage.

All do a great job of showing us the numbers that we want to see, or dont want to see in some cases, while PCMark Vantage x64 is an excellent program which recreates tests that mimic the average users activity, all the while providing a medium to measure each.

CRYSTAL DISKINFO VER. 3.9.3

ATTO DISK BENCHMARK VER. 2.46

ATTO Disk Benchmark is perhaps one of the oldest benchmarks going and is definitely the main staple for manufacturer performance specifications. ATTO uses RAW or compressible data and, for our benchmarks, we use a set length of 256mb and test both the read and write performance of various transfer sizes ranging from 0.5 to 8192kb. Manufacturers prefer this method of testing as it deals with raw (compressible) data rather than random (includes incompressible data) which, although more realistic, results in lower performance results.

The advertised specs of the 830 are 510MB/s read and 400MB/s write.  Reaching high scores of 549MB/s read and 410MB/s write is a great start!

14 comments

  1. So when it comes to firmware do you know or has Samsung said anything about ease of updating it? Like if I have AHCI enabled on the BIOS and the Samsung SSD is within the notebook will I have to take it OUT and connect it to another computer that isn’t AHCI enabled to update it?

  2. It’s not an everyday occurrence (in the past anyway) where I can boast the company that makes the SSD for my workstations also makes the machine that washes my clothes and cleans my dishes

  3. can one of these Samsung 830 series 256 GB drives, stripped of its case, work as a replacement drive for a Toshiba Portege R830/835 Ultrabook (like the one that you tote around)?

    • You can use it with the case .. I dont think you need to remove the casing. .these things are small enough.. the pictures really dont show their tiny size

  4. Hello.
    My Samsung 830 SSD 256 Gb is working relatively slow. Sequential speed result usin CrystalDisk show 218 Mb/s read, 196 Mb/s write and other parameters are also 2 times slower.
    What reason could it be?

  5. Is it possible to use this ssd in express card slot?

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