Samsung T3 2TB External USB3 SSD Review

Test machine

For this review I will be using a computer with the
following configuration:


·       Motherboard: Asus Z170 Deluxe (Intel
Z170 chipset)

·       Processor: Intel 6th generation
Core i7 6700K

·       CPU cooler: BeQuiet Dark Rock Pro 2

·       RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance
LPX 2666MHz DDR4 (dual channel)

·       GFX: MSI GTX 950 Gaming 2G

·       Sound: Onboard Realtek ALC1050
HD audio controller

·       Hard disk OS: OCZ Vector 256GB

·       Case: Antec Performance One

·       PSU: Antec True Power modular

·       Display: Dell P2715Q 27” 4K
widescreen IPS LCD (HDCP compliant)

·       Operating System: Windows 10 Professional

Samsung T3 SSD was connected to an Intel native USB3 port on
the Z170 motherboard of our review PC and all tests on the drive were carried
out with the drive connected to this port.

The test PC has UASP enabled USB3 ports, and this was
enabled for all the tests in this article.

Test applications

To test the performance of the Samsung T3  SSD, I will be
using the following test applications in this review.

Test procedures

The Samsung T3 external SSD’s intended use is to be able to
transfer large amounts of data from one PC or laptop to another. I will
therefore run a few synthetic benchmarks so we can see how fast the T3 is
technically. You can take what you wish from these tests, but the ‘real world’
tests a little later in this article will give a much better picture of how the
Samsung T3 performs in its intended role in the real world.

I will also compare the Samsung T3 USB SSD with the older T1
model, so you have some comparison data.


Now let’s head to the next page, where I look at some
basic benchmarks…