Samsung SSD 950 PRO M.2 Review: Affordable, Ultra Fast Storage

PCMark Secondary Storage Tests

We really like PCMark 7's Secondary Storage benchmark module for its pseudo real-world application measurement approach to testing. PCMark 7 offers a trace-based measurement of system response times under various scripted workloads of traditional client / desktop system operation. From simple application start-up performance, to data streaming from a drive in a game engine, and video editing with Windows Movie Maker, we feel more comfortable that these tests reasonably illustrate the performance profile of SSDs in an end-user / consumer PC usage model, more so than a purely synthetic transfer test.

Futuremark's PCMark 7 Secondary Storage



The Samsung SSD 950 PRO M.2 nearly scored a clean sweep in the PCMark Secondary Storage benchmark. In all sub-tests but two, the Samsung SSD 950 PRO M.2 led the pack, which resulted in the highest, single-drive PCMark score we have seen to date. The drive's largest lead comes in the important 'Starting Applications' test, and in the couple of tests where the Samsung drive does trail, the deltas are tiny.

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