Samsung T3 Portable SSD Review (2TB) – Samsung Ups The Ante Yet Again


Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Performance is virtually identical, regardless of data sample so we have included only that using random data samples.

Samsung T3 2TB Portable SSD CDM

Crystal Diskmark provides some excellent results and it is great to even see a boost in the low 4k write performance.  Unlike just about every other external on the market, the Samsung T3 would have absolutely no problem working as an external OS in PC/Mac systems.


The toughest benchmark available for solid state drives is AS SSD as it relies solely on incompressible data samples when testing performance.  For the most part, AS SSD tests can be considered the ‘worst case scenario’ in obtaining data transfer speeds and many enthusiasts like AS SSD for their needs. Transfer speeds are displayed on the left with IOPS results on the right.

Samsung T3 2TB Portable SSD AS SSD BenchmarkSamsung T3 2TB Portable SSD AS SSD IOPSOnce again, we see very strong performance results from AS SSD.  If you look at history, reviewers would rarely test external SSDs through USB as it would take so long for AS SSD tests to complete.

Samsung T3 2TB Portable SSD AS SSD Copy Benchmark

The only comparable we have when looking at AS SSD Copy Benchmark is our original report on the Samsung 1TB T1 Portable SSD.  While both ISO and game transfer speeds are similar, it is great to see that Samsung trimmed 4 seconds off of the Program data transfer performance.


Anvil’s Storage Utilities (ASU) are the most complete test bed available for the solid state drive today.  The benchmark displays test results for, not only throughput but also, IOPS and Disk Access Times.  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 use in our benchmark testing.

Samsung T3 2TB Portable SSD Anvil Anvil Storage Utilities is great at confirming what we have been seeing, as well as providing disk transfer speeds.  The fact that performance is a bit lower is typical of testing in Anvil.


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


This is the first time we have ever posted PCMark Vantage results with an external SSD and this, in itself, speaks volumes for the Samsung T3 Portable SSD.  A quick look of the individual performance tests will display that only 2 of the 6 tests resulted in SATA 3 speeds, but the overall score is reflective of what we might have seen from an internal SSD some time ago.

Samsung T3 2TB Portable SSD PCMark Vantage


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    So, how do I know if a mobo is UASP compatible or not?! I’ve been checking specs for some mobos, H170 or Z170, from Asus and Gigabyte, and I don’t see nothing mention on there manuals…

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    Driver needed for Mac? Check out?
    Mac Owners Should Hold Off on New Samsung T1 Flash SSD

    Can it be used to boot Mac and work from it all day long?

    RAID 0 inside as in SanDisk’s 1.92TB Extreme 900 Portable SSD? That is the best way to lose data (2x probability or more). One disk fails (or controller), all lost.

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      No driver needed…plug it in and it is recognized…funny I never had a problem whatsoever with the T1 I still use as well. I might suggest reading various reviews rather than relying on the word of just one, myself included of course!

      RAID 0 ? Can you maybe explain this further?

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        Thanks for the reply. SanDisk Extreme 900 Portable SSD has two disks inside in RAID 0. If one disk fails (or the controller), all is lost.

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    Its so easy to fill it up, when one just doesnt measure it in Word documents (who really does?) but shoot RAW and with 36mpx.

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      If you store rips of your bluray collection it would fill up quickly with many movies at the 20GB+ size. It would be easy to fill with games as well. I imagine by “most users” he means people who only use their pc for social media and music.

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    as far as I know, till date, no retail 2TB msata available out there. With T3, I can have 2TB of mSATA placed in the laptop internally… anyone care to test how it is compared to 850 EVO 1TB mSata?

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    Johan Danny Meppelink

    what size screwdriver do you need to unscrew

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