Final thoughts and the conclusion
A modern operating system such as Windows 10 rarely does one
thing at time; it processes hundreds of threads at once. Just take a look at
the processes and services that are running in task manager for an idea of how
much is going on, even with the PC idling at the desktop. When you start
running applications on top of this, the workload increases in line with the number
and type of applications you are running. It’s also fair to say that many of
these processes are already loaded into system RAM, but many are also loaded into
and unloaded from RAM to the system drive as and when they are required.
If we look at the 4 basic requirements for a really fast
SSD, they are as follows.
- Small file threaded performance needs to be high.
- Small random file performance needs to be high.
- Sequential read and write speeds need to be high.
- Fast access times.
The Samsung 750 EVO 500GB SSD series SSD has all of these attributes,
and feels very snappy in use as a system drive.
I have only had the Samsung 750 EVO 500GB SSD for a few
weeks, so it’s not possible to comment on the drive’s long term reliability.
What I can say though is that the Samsung 750 EVO 500GB SSD hasn’t caused any
stability problems during the test period.
The Samsung 750 EVO 500GB SSD is as “plug n play” as it
gets. There are no special tweaks needed other than simply making sure that
AHCI SATA mode is enabled in the system UEFI (BIOS), and installing the latest
Intel RST SATA drivers, if you want to get the best performance and compatibility
out of this SSD.
Let us summarise the most important positive and negative
- Silky smooth operation as a system drive.
- Outstanding sequential reading and writing performance,
even at very low queue depths.
- Excellent 4k random reading performance at very low, and
very high queue depths.
- Very good 4K random writing performance at low queue
- TRIM support under Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
- Completely silent operation.
- Fast operating system start-up and shutdown times.
- Excellent price.
- Nothing to mention at this price point.
To sum up, this is what I
As an operating system drive, the Samsung 750 EVO 500GB SSD
is pretty hard to fault. Performance is excellent as a system drive, and as fast
as any of the other SATA SSDs I have tested. The Samsung 750 EVO SSD also proved
to be very stable during the testing period.
The Samsung 750 EVO 500GB is up against some very stiff
opposition in this market segment, but it is one of the best, if not the best
performing ‘budget’ SSD that I have tested.
The Samsung 750 EVO is also very energy efficient when
reading data, and as an operating system drive it will spend most of its time
reading data rather than writing it. When writing sequential data, the Samsung
750 EVO did prove to be energy efficient. However, when writing small block
size random data, power consumption did rise significantly.
One should keep in mind however that the Samsung 750 EVO is
a budget SSD, and as such, you should not expect it to perform like an OCZ
Vector 180 or Samsung 850 Pro, for example. The TLC planar NAND isn’t as fast
as Samsung’s V-NAND, however, the Samsung 750 EVO is still an excellent
Price and availability
The Samsung 750 EVO 500GB SSD is available now, and I found it
on sale at Amazon
UK for £118.98 including VAT, making the Samsung 750 EVO 500GB SSD
The parting sentence is:
“The Samsung 750 EVO 500GB is an excellent budget priced consumer
SSD, with excellent performance in the real world.
The editor rating is based on the following key factors.
- Stability (is the device stable?)
- Supplied accessories (what is included in the package)
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