We’ve been long time fans of Samsung SSDs. Experience has taught us that they are built to a high standard, perform well and are durable. In fact, many of our systems use Samsung drives, including the machine this review is being typed on. So when we heard that there was a new drive being launched we were looking forward to seeing what it had to offer. Welcome to our Samsung 750 Evo Review (500GB).
Samsung 750 Evo Review – The Drive
Samsung packages their drive in a box which is similar to other recent drives they have produced. A bit of product info on the back, an image and branding on the front with the drive suspended in a plastic casing inside. Some product documentation is also provided however that’s it as far as the physical bundle goes. What Samsung do offer are some free downloadable tools which allow us to manage the drive and migrate our data/operating system from our existing storage to the 750 Evo. Magician is their main application for the maintenance on this drive and it is shown above. It offers plenty of functionality including OS optimisation, Secure Erase, firmware updates and Rapid Mode. Rapid mode is something we have seen on previous Samsung SSDs and when enabled allows some of our free system memory to be used as a high-speed cache, enhancing storage performance.
For the drive itself, Samsung stick with the same styling as previous models. The casing used measures 100×69.85×6.8mm with the maximum weight of 45g for the whole drive. A part sticker on the base shows some key information about the drive and we can also see the SATA3 data and power connectors on the left edge.
The 750 Evo has been available for a while in lower capacities, this is the first time the range has hit the 500GB level, though. The drive uses a Samsung MGX controller and sitting beside that and our Samsung NAND on this version is 512MB of LPDDR3 cache. Our 500TB drive has a formatted capacity of 465GB in Windows 10.
The drive is rated for 540MB/s read and 520MB/s write with IOPS of 98000 (random read) and writes peaking at 88,000. Samsung also employs TurboWrite tech to maintain sequential writes using an internal write buffer. This performance is then maintained by data sanitize features and TRIM in operating systems such as Windows 7, 8 and 10. The drive fully supports Secure Erase and Samsung offer enhanced security through AES 256-bit full disk encryption.
Power use is rated for 2.5w max when active, 50mW when idle and 5mW when at sleep. Endurance is 100 Tera Bytes Written on the 500GB model, MTBF is 1.5m hours with the warranty on offer here, 3- years.
Samsung 750 Evo Review – Performance
Testing was performed on an i7-5960X with X99 motherboard, 16GB of DDR4 and on Windows 10. All software, drivers, and the OS were up to date.
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Samsung 750 Evo Review (SSD) – Conclusion
There is no doubt that the Samsung 950 series of drives are industry leading products but this always has a cost associated with it. That is partially financial but also involves the use of an up to date motherboard with M.2 slot. The 750 series was always a product which aimed to deliver a good balance of price and performance for those who want a SATA drive.
Overall they have achieved this goal. Performance in each of our test was competitive with other drives in the same market segment and often the 750 Evo would edge ahead of other drives. Rapid Mode continues to work well and we were pleased to see sustained writes benefitting from TurboWrite. All too often we see larger file transfers dip in performance on competitor models. That happens far less frequently on the 750 Series.
Also worthy of note is the software provided by Samsung. As SSD control panels go, Magician is right up there with the best. Clear, intuitive, responsive and packed with all the features we would need to monitor and maintain our drive over time.
Summary: A great mix of price, performance, capacity and features for those looking at SATA based SSDs.