Review: Samsung T3 USB3.1 (gen1) SSD
Reviewed by: Wendy Robertson
Provided by: Samsung
In this day and age, everyone who uses a computer will require a way of getting data from A to B. For just a few megabytes, or gigabytes, of data, a USB pen drive, or cloud storage will be sufficient. But what if you need to move around large amounts of data?
You can of course use an external USB HDD to store and retrieve the data. An external USB HDD is cheap, and can have a large capacity, but they are quite slow when tens of gigabytes of data needs to transferred to and from the device. Not only that, an HDD is quite a fragile piece of kit. You certainly won’t want to drop it, or subject it to any violent shock, while it’s running.
An ideal solution, in my opinion is an external USB3 SSD. The downside of this is they tend to be pretty expensive. On the positive side though, they are much faster than an HDD, and much more robust. If you drop it while data is being transferred, the chances are it will continue doing its task without any fuss.
Enter the new Samsung T3 external USB3 SSD. Samsung was kind enough to send me a review sample for testing, and in this article I will show you how this tiny SSD performs. The intended use of the Samsung T3 external SSD is different to that of the traditional desktop SSD that I usually test here at Myce.com, so the tests I carry out on the Samsung T3, will be relevant to the T3’s intended use.
The T3 is available in 250GB, 500GB, 1000GB, and 2000GB capacities. The version that Samsung sent me was the 2000GB version.
Samsung company information
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So let’s find out how this new SSD performs in our range of tests.
The Samsung T3 2000GB SSD
Now it’s time to take a look at the drive itself and what it came shipped with.
The review sample I received was the retail version. Included in the package was the Samsung T3 2000GB SSD, installation instructions, warranty information, and a rather short USB3.1 cable which supplies power to the Samsung T3, and the USB3.1 (USB C type) data connection.
The Samsung T3 weighs in at only 51 grams, and the drive is tiny, measuring only 74mm in width, 58mm in height, and 10.5mm in depth.
The T3 case is a mixture of metal and plastic, and feels more solid than the previous T1 model, which I reviewed last year. The metal part of the case also enhances the thermal performance of the drive, dissipating heat away from the SSD controller and the NAND.
Inside the Samsung T3 external USB3 SSD, we find a USB3.1 interface board to connect the T3 to the outside world, a Samsung MGX SSD controller, and Samsung’s own TLC 3D V-NAND. The Samsung T3 also supports USB UASP mode, which allows NCQ (native command queuing) and queue depth scaling with a UASP enabled USB3 port on the host PC, which is supported natively from within Windows 8/8.1 and later.
The T3 is also supplied with software to initialise and format the SSD ready for use. The T3 is formatted using exFAT by default, so it should be compatible with Windows and Apple based systems. If you wish to use the Samsung T3 with an Android device, you will need to format the drive as FAT32.
The supplied software allows the T3 to be encrypted with a user password, and also displays information about the Samsung T3 external USB3 SSD.
Let’s head to the next page where we take a look at our testing methods and the review PC….