Samsung T3 2TB External USB3 SSD Review

Synthetic Benchmarks

HD Tune Pro

In this benchmark I am checking sequential reading speed at
a block size of 4MB.

Samsung T3 2TB External USB3 SSD Review

With an average sequential reading speed of 436.4 MB/s, the Samsung
T3 SSD shows a good turn of speed.

Samsung T3 2TB External USB3 SSD Review

We can see in the above graph that the Samsung T3 is faster
than the T1 in this test.

ATTO disk benchmark

ATTO has become a standard tool for measuring the data
throughput of HDDs and SSDs. It measures the reading and writing performance,
using different file sizes and block sizes.

Samsung T3 2TB External USB3 SSD Review

The reading speed results for the Samsung T3 2000GB SSD are
impressive, topping out at over 467 MB/s, which is right on the limits of the
throughput (with overheads) that USB3 can manage. Writing speed tops out at
over 460 MB/s.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0

Crystal Disk Mark is quite a handy benchmarking application.

Samsung T3 2TB External USB3 SSD Review

As we can see from the above screenshot, sequential reading and
writing speeds are both very good, also random reading and writing performance
at low and high queue depths is excellent for a USB3 connected device.

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.

100% incompressible

Samsung T3 2TB External USB3 SSD Review

Samsung T3 2TB External USB3 SSD Review

With test data that can’t be compressed at all, the Samsung T3
SSD is performing extremely well, although according to Anvil’s benchmark, the
T3 is not as fast as the T1.


The Samsung T3 2000GB SSD has performed extremely well in
the basic synthetic benchmarks. Random reading and writing performance is very good,
and sequential reading and writing performance is of a very high standard for a
USB3 connected device.


Let’s head to the next page for our IOMeter test