Samsung 840 Series SSD: Cost-Efficient Performance - HotHardware

Samsung 840 Series SSD: Cost-Efficient Performance

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Our Test Methodologies: Under each test condition, the Solid State Drives tested here were installed as secondary volumes in our testbed, with a standard spinning hard disk for the OS and benchmark installations. Out testbed's motherboard was updated with the latest BIOS available as of press time and AHCI (or RAID) mode was enabled. The SSDs were secure erased and left blank without partitions wherever possible, unless a test required them to be partitioned and formatted, as was the case with our ATTO, PCMark 7, and CrystalDiskMark benchmark tests. Windows firewall, automatic updates and screen savers were all disabled before testing. In all test runs, we rebooted the system, ensured all temp and prefetch data was purged, and waited several minutes for drive activity to settle and for the system to reach an idle state before invoking a test.

HotHardware Test System
Intel Core i7 and SSD Powered
  Hardware Used:    Relevant Software: 
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Motherboard -


Video Card -

Memory -

Audio -

Hard Drives -

 

Intel Core i7-2600K

Asus P8Z6-V Pro
(Z68 Chipset, AHCI Enabled)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285

4GB Kingston DDR3-1600

Integrated on board

WD Raptor 150GB (OS Drive)
Samsung SSD 840 (250GB)
Samsung SSD 830 (256GB)
OCZ Vertex 3 (480GB)
Corsair Force GT (240GB)
Crucial M4 (256GB)
OCZ Octane (512GB)
Intel SSD 520 (240GB)
OCZ Vertex 4 (256GB & 512GB
 OS -
Chipset Drivers -
DirectX -

Video Drivers
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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
Intel 9.2.0.1030, iRST 10.5.1027
DirectX 11

NVIDIA GeForce 275.33

Benchmarks Used:
IOMeter 1.1.0 RC
HD Tune v4.61
ATTO v2.47
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark v3.01 x64
PCMark 7
SiSoftware Sandra 2012

First, we ran SiSoft SANDRA, the the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. Here, we used the Physical Disk test suite and provided the results from our comparison SSDs. The benchmarks were run without formatting and read and write performance metrics are detailed below.

SiSoft SANDRA 2012
Synthetic HDD Benchmarking



The SANDRA Physical Disk test plays well to the Samsung 840’s read throughput, as it posted the strongest score of the bunch. However, you can see that its overall performance is hampered by a weak write score, which is actually the lowest score in the whole field.

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I wouldn't mind having this drive.

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Looking daily for a good deal on this drive to throw into my laptop.

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Yeah, I've been looking into the 840 and the 840 pro for a few months now.  They've had some amazing deals on the 256GB and the 512GB's lately.  Unfortunately I caught wind my start up isn't doing a great job at starting up and I might be the first to get axed (Eek!).  Hopefully that won't happen and I can pick one up sooner or later, either way I'll survive just fine on a HDD.

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If you want to get the best consistent performance from SSDs like the SS 840 Series and the OCZ Vector the drive should have a partition created that's about 20~25% of the drives capacity for over provisioning.

http://www.edn.com/design/systems-design/4404566/2/Understanding-SSD-over-provisioning

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