Samsung 950 Pro NVMe M.2 SSD Review – NVMe for the masses

 

Anvil’s Storage Utilities

As well as performing SSD endurance tests. Anvil’s Storage
Utilities has a very nice SSD benchmarking application. The SSD benchmark tests
many different aspects of SSD performance, including 4K random at different
queue depths, and also sequential performance, but more importantly than this,
all using real test data.

Another very nice feature of Anvil’s SSD benchmark is the
fact that you can change the compression levels of the test data. The
compression levels of the datasets used for the tests can be varied from 0%
compression right up to 100% compressed data, and there are even a few data
profiles already included, such as database (8%) compression, and also an
application profile (46%) compression, which is designed to simulate real
application data being read and written to the SSD.

I will include a screenshot of the review drive, and all
comparison results will be presented in the form of graphs. If you would like
to see screenshots of the test results obtained on the other SSDs in this
article, you can do so by following the link here.

I will also be testing three different compression profiles,
which are as follows.

  • 0 fill (100% compressible data)
  • Application simulation profile (46% compressed)
  • 100% (incompressible data)

 So let’s begin the tests.

0 fill

Samsung 950 Pro NVMe M.2 SSD Review - NVMe for the masses

Samsung 950 Pro M.2
NVMe 256GB SSD (0 fill)

Samsung 950 Pro NVMe M.2 SSD Review - NVMe for the masses

In the 0 fill test, the Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD has performed
extremely well.


Application profile

Samsung 950 Pro NVMe M.2 SSD Review - NVMe for the masses

Samsung 950 Pro M.2
NVMe 256GB SSD (application profile)

Samsung 950 Pro NVMe M.2 SSD Review - NVMe for the masses

The application test pattern is much more realistic in terms
of the type of data transfers that real users will employ. The Samsung 950 Pro
M.2 NVMe SSD has once again performed extremely well in this test.


100% incompressible

Samsung 950 Pro NVMe M.2 SSD Review - NVMe for the masses

Samsung 950 Pro M.2
NVMe 256GB SSD (100% incompressible)

Samsung 950 Pro NVMe M.2 SSD Review - NVMe for the masses

With test data that can’t be compressed at all, the Samsung
950 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD is still excellent, and finishes the test in second place.

Summary

One should keep in mind that although Anvil’s Storage
Utilities SSD benchmark is a very good benchmark, and tests many aspects of SSD
performance, ultimately it is demonstrating which SSD is technically the
fastest when reading data, and this may not be showing (for example) which
drive will be fastest in the real world with a home user’s work pattern.

The Samsung 950 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD has however performed
exceptionally well in Anvil’s SSD benchmark tests.

 

Now let’s head to the next page for some real world tests….