PCMark 7

PCMark 7's secondary storage benchmark does little to show us differences between modern, high-performance SSDs as everything here scores within 5% of one another - but that's the point. For most mainstream client uses you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between two good 6Gbps SSDs. Worry more about cost and reliability than outright performance if you're considering an SSD for a normal machine. Anything you see here will be much faster than a mechanical drive.

PCMark 7 Secondary Storage Score

Performance Over Time & TRIM

Over time SSDs can get into a fairly fragmented state, with pages distributed randomly all over the LBA range. TRIM and the naturally sequential nature of much client IO can help clean this up by forcing blocks to be recycled and as a result become less fragmented. Leaving as much free space as possible on your drive helps keep performance high (20% is a good number to shoot for), but it's always good to see how bad things can get before the GC/TRIM routines have a chance to operate. As always I filled all user addressible LBAs with data, wrote enough random data to the drive to fill the spare area and then some, then ran a single HD Tach pass to visualize how slow things got:

The 840 Pro is really no different than the 830 when it comes to how low performance can get in the worst case scenario. Client users will want to keep some free space on the drive to avoid getting backed into this type of a performance corner. TRIM will obviously help and looks to be fully functional on the 840 Pro:

AnandTech Storage Bench 2011 - Light Workload Power Consumption
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  • B3an - Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - link

    When will you guys have the 840 Pro added to Bench? Reply
  • Kristian Vättö - Thursday, September 27, 2012 - link

    Here you go: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/665 Reply
  • hrrmph - Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - link


    On the recent SSD reviews, thanks for taking the time to let us know about the tool box utilities!!

    After years of using OCZ, I just deployed my first Intel 520 a month ago. It's a solid 'no hiccup' performer so far.

    Now that the 840 Pro makes Samsung competitive with the best SSDs on performance, warranty, and utilities, I look forward to trying it out.

    I particularly like the idea of being able to use the Samsung Magician software to set the spare area. All of my machines have other drives for bulk data, so being able to allocate some unused space on the SSD for use as spare area seems logical.

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  • zer0sum - Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - link

    Why are some SSD tests on AT being run with Z68, 2500k @ 3.3ghz with turbo and EIST enabled, 1600Mhz ram, and then this one with H67, 2600k @ 3.4 with turbo and EIST disabled, and 1333Mhz ram?

    Does this effect performance in any of the tests?
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  • Per Hansson - Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - link

    It very well might, EIST has been known to cause problems for SSD's in the past.
    Also would be very interesting to hear Anands thoughts on the power consumption concerns raised above (DIPM: Device Initiated Power Management)
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  • Per Hansson - Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - link

    A quick Google shows the first link to Anandtech's own forums, and a quite good confirmation that EIST affects performance by a quite noticeable margin!
    http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=eist+ss...
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  • zer0sum - Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - link

    Ok, I had lower than expected 4k write scores with my 3570k @4.5ghz, using EIST and turbo mode so I went with some advice and ran a single thread of prime95 whilst doing an AS-SSD run.

    Big difference!!

    http://www.overclock.net/t/1242088/official-vertex...
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  • mr. president - Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - link

    Nice review. I'd still want to see more 'exotic' use cases tested and especially ones that test garbage collection where TRIM isn't available.

    ZiL ZFS and software RAID spring to mind. Or, from a more consumer oriented standpoint, the PS3 can benefit from an SSD but it has no TRIM support.
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  • serpretetsky - Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - link

    "Assuming the premature death of our review sample was a fluke and not indicative of a bigger issue,"
    Care to elaborate on this? It simply failed after you guys ran all the tests on it?
    Is there any way you guys might get another sample and run it through the same (or harder) tests?

    Thanks for the review, you guys are awesome.
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  • capeconsultant - Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - link

    I second this request :) Reply

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