Samsung 850 Pro 1TB SSD Review


CrystalDiskMark & Anvil IOPS

CrystalDiskMark is a small benchmark utility for drives and enables rapid measurement of sequential and random read/write speeds. Note that CDM only supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ) with a queue depth of 32 (as noted) for the last listed benchmark score. This can skew some results in favor of controllers that also do not support NCQ.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x64 – Intel Z77 Platform

Samsung 850 Pro 1TB CrystalDiskMark

Benchmark Results: Again, performance is excellent here and nearly identical to the 840 PRO although the 4K writes are much higher. However, both trail the 840 EVO in every metric.

CrystalDiskMark Grid

There’s a relatively new benchmark called Anvil Storage Utilities that is in beta but close to production. It’s a very powerful tool that measures performance through a variety of tests which can be customized. Since some of the tests more or less duplicate what we get from other benchmarks we use already, we decided to use the IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second) testing on 4kb file sizes at a queue depth of 32. IOPS performance is something SSD makers tout quite a bit but we generally don’t do a lot of IOPS testing because frankly a lot of users can’t relate to IOPS metrics as well and it tends to be more meaningful to the enterprise/server crowd. Still, it is another performance indicator with relevance and while some drives post good MB/s numbers, their IOPS scores aren’t always commensurate which this test will prove out.

Samsung 850 Pro 1TB IOPS Read Samsung 850 Pro 1TB IOPS Write

Benchmark Results: Very solid IOPS performance with the reads nearly cracking the 100K mark (right at spec) and writes near 90k (just below spec). These numbers are right where we see the 840 PRO and EVO.

IOPS Chart