Here in our hands today is a Samsung T3 1TB SSD Drive! Won this from a Hachi.Tech facebook contest, where i shared how my purchase of a Samsung 850 EVO added some serious life and performance into my 4-5 year old laptop – Indeed, it is rewarding to be a Challenger (Valueclub) Member! So before I Begin, thanks Hachi.Tech for this wonderful surprise!
First, some background
SSD’s are known for their mind-boggling high speeds and are used in many new laptops to give it super-fast bootup and application loading times.
This is possible because SSD drives have no moving parts and the technology in the memory chips allow them to read/write data at speeds unattainable by a standard hard drive. Access times are also much faster since the SSD drive does not have to spin and find the data within the drive
Some professionals such as video-editing crew, or people requiring high speed access to large files would want this speed in their external drives, hence there is a market for such a drive. Let’s see how this product performs – Does it live up to it’s promise of high speed access?
Opening the box, we have the external drive itself, a usb-c to usb A Cable, and a manual. The USB Cable has a velcro piece for cable organisation, which is a nice touch.
Look and Feel
The external drive is really small – Look at the size difference between the SSD drive and my external hard drive.
This size is not attainable even if you tried to put an external ssd in the smallest USB3.0 external enclosure – although you could get better warranty terms (since a standard internal SSD drive usually gets 5 years of warranty; This Samsung T3 only gets 3 years).
The drive is promised to provide data transfer of up to 450mb/s over USB 3.0, which is unmatchable by any other external hard drive (For the record, my Western digital USB 3.0 Hard drive usually averages about 80mb/s on it’s best days)
Connecting the drive to the computer, we see that the drive is empty (No other software preinstalled in drive).
We get 931GB capacity displayed on our windows computer, meaning we are getting 1TB of storage space as promised. The difference in capacity is due to differences in the way computer and humans represent storage capacity (If i’m not wrong, computer reads 1024bytes for 1 kilobytes, when in normal terms, 1kilobyte should only represent 1000bytes. This difference causes the difference in capacity calculated)
Drive Test – Is a SSD drive really that fast?
To test this drive, we would be using CrystalDiskMark to transfer 32GB of data (of difference block sizes) to check out its speed. The drive is connected to a computer over a USB 3.0 interface, with 512GB NVME Storage and Core i7 Processor (So the computer is not a bottleneck)
The results are out of this world-compared to a hard drive.
We get up to 433mb/s write speed and 444mb/s read speed for SEQ32T1 – This means for large sequential files like a 4k movie clip, this would be the expected access speed. Wow.
As for the other results, they are also really good performance for an SSD drive.
So should you buy it?
For the average user, maybe not; after all, how often is it that you’d have to always use the hard drive in demanding times? Most users use the external drives to store movies or backups of photos or documents.
But for work professionals in the creative industry, crunching big files and needing to store and access them on the go, this is the perfect solution and I highly recommend buying it.
If you’re interested, The drive retails for $599 in challenger – Valueclub members get it at 509 under valueclub discount. Or, if you’re not in the mood to travel down to challenger, You may also buy one from Hachi.Tech at the same price from the link down below – if you have a valueclub membership.
We hope you have enjoyed our review of the Samsung T3 1TB!