Samsung SSD 830 Series Preview - HotHardware

Samsung SSD 830 Series Preview

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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 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 and waited several minutes for drive activity to settle before invoking a test.

HotHardware Test System
Intel Core i7 and SSD Powered

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Hardware Used:
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 830 (256GB)
OCZ Vertex 3 MaxIOPs (240GB)
Corsair Force GT (120GB)
Corsair Force 3 Series (128GB)
Patriot Wildfire (120GB)
Crucial M4 (256)

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Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
Intel, iRST 10.5.1027
DirectX 11

NVIDIA GeForce 275.33

Benchmarks Used:
IOMeter 1.1.0 RC
HD Tune v4.61
ATTO v2.47
CrystalDiskMark v3.01 x64
PCMark 7
SiSoftware Sandra 2011

I/O Subsystem Measurement Tool

As we've noted in previous SSD articles, though IOMeter is clearly a well-respected industry standard drive benchmark, we're not completely comfortable with it for testing SSDs. The fact of the matter is, though our actual results with IOMeter appear to scale properly, it is debatable whether or not certain access patterns, as they are presented to and measured on an SSD, actually provide a valid example of real-world performance for the average end user. That said, we do think IOMeter is a gauge for relative available throughput with a given storage solution. In addition there are certain higher-end workloads you can place on a drive with IOMeter, that you really can't with most other benchmark tools available currently.

In the following tables, we're showing two sets of access patterns; our Workstation pattern, with an 8K transfer size, 80% reads (20% writes) and 80% random (20% sequential) access and IOMeter's default access pattern of 2K transfers, 67% reads (34% writes) and 100% random access.


The Samsung SSD 830 Series was a stellar performer according to IOMeter, with the two access patterns that were used. The drive clearly outpaced all of the competing drives by a wide margin in every category except CPU utilization.

SiSoft SANDRA 2011
Synthetic HDD Benchmarking

Next 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.

In the SiSoft SANDRA Physical Disk benchmark, the Samsung SSD 830 Series drive put up some very good numbers, but it couldn't quite catch any of the SandForce SF-2200-based drives in terms of writes, although reads were competitive.

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Nice looking layout and it makes total sense with Samsung being who they are in the memory business. The specs look on tap with all the top runners in the SSD market so why not!

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Nice review Marco!

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Thanks for the review... it looks like Samsung dropping their mechanical drive division to concentrate on SSDs was a good move. Especially considering they have great capacity to create large amounts of memory.

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Great review Marco!

Looking at the SSD, I can say that Samsungs own solution can hold it's own (and beat by a margin) against the SandForce SSD's. I am a bit disapointed by the write speed but those looking for pure read speed won't mind as much.

I'm really hoping it's cheap, I mean from the stuff they're including in it; they really want a lot of people to have it. Again, really hoping it's cheap.

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Firmware updates can help somewhat in raising the write speeds that seem to be the one area where the 830 series could use a little help and lags behind most of the others in the tests.

The competition have their weak spots too.

A plus for the Samsung 830 series as was also for the 470 series is that all the internal parts are made in house by Samsung.I don't know if Samsung makes the beautiful aluminum case themselves or not so I say just internal.

If you're interested in this drive you can also read another good review posted by

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Not bad, thanks for the review. Now we wait for price and see if its a good deal :)

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It'll be nice when they have a 500 gig SSD that is affordable, Affordable being the key word!

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"So the IOMeter Tool is the most strenuous test? 26.13 percent of CPU usage seem pretty high, but I guess its a number us regular users wont even come close to reaching. The results are incredible though. The only other test that had a CPU utilization chart was the HD Tune Pro v4.61, which the 870 turned out to use about 6.2 percent more then the rest. Would have been cool to see a Cpu utilzn chart with the rest of the test just for curiosity."

"I hope that Samsung's pricing are reasonable, after all, there is a lot of competition, and the market is flooded with excellently preforming SSD's at different capacities. But, I do give Samsung credit, their 470 series has an excellent reputation along with Intel first Gen series. So I trust they will continue the good rep and this review has confirmed its high quality and high performance."

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Curious if there's a reason why HD Tune's "Burst" performance would be uniformly less than the average performance if reports. HD Tune ( suggests its about what we'd expect, though their exact method isn't specified.


"Burst Rate

The burst rate is the highest speed (in megabytes per second) at which data can be transferred from the drive interface (IDE or SCSI for example) to the operating system."

Maybe the chart titles are swapped?

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