Samsung Portable SSD T3 500GB Review

Published by Marc Büchel on 23.03.16
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Specifications / Technical Details

Model SSD T3 250 GB SSD T3 500 GB SSD T3 1000 GB SSD T3 2 TB
Capacity 250 GB 500 GB 1 TB 2 TB
Form Factor ExternalEsterno[/it] - 74mm x 58mm x 11mm ExternalEsterno[/it] - 74mm x 58mm x 11mm ExternalEsterno[/it] - 74mm x 58mm x 11mm ExternalEsterno[/it] - 74mm x 58mm x 11mm
Controller Samsung 3-core MGX  Samsung 3-core MGX Samsung 3-core MGX Samsung 3-core MGX
Memory
  • MLC NAND
  • 3D V-NAND 3bit
  • MLC NAND
  • 3D V-NAND 3bit
  • MLC NAND
  • 3D V-NAND 3bit
  • MLC NAND
  • 3D V-NAND 3bit
Encryption AES 256 AES 256 AES 256 AES 256
Warranty 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years 3 Years
Price


Samsungs new Portable SSD T3 measures a mere 7.4 centimeters in lenght and 5.8 centimeters in width and therefore this external storage device is approximately 25 percent smaller than a credit card. At the thickest point the drive measures 11 millimeter and despite featuring a very compact form factor, it can store up to 2 Terabyte of data. This capacitiy is achieved, since Samsung is using their TLC (Triple Level Cell) 3D-VNAND flash memory. This is actually the same memory that's being used for the 850 Evo from Samsung. If we work our way into the drive we find out that the Portable SSD T3 is based on an mSATA 850 Evo, which has been equipped with an USB3.1 interface. This little drive for on-the-go is capable of pumping more than 450 Megabyte per second through a USB3.1 cable. To achieve transfer speeds this high the SSD T3's USB3.1 interface support USB3.1 + UASP, which comes built in with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 Mac OS X. Windows 7 does not natively support UASP but luckily you can install an additional driver to benfit from the very high transfer speeds. If you don't install the additional driver for Windows 7 then maximum throughput rates are capped at 310 Megabyte per second for sequential writing and 280 Megabyte per second in the case of sequential reading. The SSD T3 is actually capable of synchronously hitting more than 450 Megabyte per second. One reason for that is the fact, that this drive supports Samsung's Turbo Write technology. Briefly explained Turbo Write configures a part of the DRAM cache on the SSD as SLC NAND flash, which acts as a buffer to continuously offer high sequential as well as random throughput rates.

On another note we also had a look at the software Samsung includes in the delivery. After launching the executable, which is located on the drive we instantly noticed that Samsung did a great job coming up with a very simple solution. Encrypting the drive is for example very easy and it's done in a heart beat. Apart from that the software allows you to change the drive name and you get basic insight by monitoring used and free storage space.  

     

     


Page 1 - Introduction Page 4 - Test Setup
Page 2 - Preview Page 5 - CrystalDiskMark and AS SSD
Page 3 - Specifications Page 6 - Conclusion




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