Samsung 850 EVO mSATA and M.2 SSD Review


Real World Copy & Boot Tests

File Copy Times Via Teracopy 2.27:

One of the most common operations performed on a PC is moving/copying files. Using a free application called Teracopy, we copied large numbers of two file types from one folder to another on the same drive. Teracopy allows us to objectively measure the time of transfer and using the same drive prevents other devices from tainting the outcome. The operation requires the drive to perform both sustained read and writes simultaneously. The first set of files is a 5GB collection of JPG’s of variable size and compression levels with a few movie (.MOV) files thrown in for good measure since most cameras now take video as well as stills. The second is a collection of MP3 files of various sizes which totals 5GB collectively. These file types were chosen due to their wide use and mixture of file sizes and compression levels.

Samsung EVO 850 mSATA Filecopy MP3
Samsung EVO 850 mSATA 500GB
Samsung EVO 850 M.2 Filecopy MP3
Samsung EVO 850 M.2 250GB

Benchmark Results: The real wold test shows a difference, albeit not much, between the mSATA and M.2 drive but not due to the interface but rather the lower capacity and dual NAND chips on the M.2 slows things down just a hair.

Filecopy Chart

Windows Boot Times Via BootRacer:

Windows start up/shutdown time is always something people are interested in and we haven’t done it in a while because there was little variation with the majority of the SSDs. We recently began using an application called BootRacer to objectively measure the start up times of the drives. All of the instances of Windows were identical and freshly installed with only the video driver installed.

Samsung EVO 850 mSATA Boot Racer
Samsung EVO 850 mSATA 500GB
Samsung EVO 850 M.2 Boot Racer
Samsung EVO 850 M.2 250GB

Benchmark Results: As usual, boot times are separated by fractions of seconds and none are perceptibly better than the others but it’s a good test for the drives as booting up is something most of us do every day.

Boot Racer Chart