Mac Owners Should Hold Off on New Samsung T1 Flash SSD

22 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Samsung Portable SSD T1 Review (1TB) – Price, Speed, Capacity and Security.

Quote: “It overcomes the limits of existing options by dramatically boosting mobility, performance, responsiveness and capacity.” Wow. So I am holding this Samsung Portable T1 1TB SSD in my hand and thinking how far we have come to make possible the actual storage of a quarter million songs, 200,000 pictures, 1 million e-books or 500 hours of video on a device 3/4 the size of a business card and 30 grams in weight.Samsung Electronics appears to be escaping from controversy over a decline in the speed of its triple-level cell (TLC) solid state drive (SSD), which is being touted as a new growth engine for NAND flash.

With the exception of LaCie’s fancy (and pricey) designer hard drives that double as living room decor, storage is not tech that needs to look good. It has to be smart enough not to be considered too slow, light enough to be easily taken away when travelling, and really professional, because the slightest problem or error can cause massive data loss. Using Samsung’s latest 3D V-NAND technology it packs fast, high-capacity storage into a tiny form factor that you can access using its USB 3.0 connection. Capacity and weight aside, that wasn’t enough for Samsung and they included performance, value and probably the most consumer friendly security we have ever seen, thus ensuring once again that their SSD is going to make a mark on the industry.

Key to the appeal of the SSD T1 is that it’s markedly smaller than the otherwise simple alternative of using a normal 2.5-inch SSD with a USB adapter. Just about a year ago, I ripped open a MyDigitalSSD OTG External SSD, threw in Samsung’s 1TB 840 EVO and it has been a tech favorite of mine ever since. Unfortunately, they also tend to get extremely slow while in function, because of they use slow performance flash drive controllers and bottom of the barrel NAND.

At just 71 x 53 x 9mm it’s around half the size and at 25g (36g with cable) it’s less than a third of the weight of a typical 2.5-inch drive which comes it at 100 x 70 x 9mm and 78-93g. The T1 is less than three inches long, a little over two inches wide, and a mere third of an inch thick—71 x 53.2 x 9.2 millimeters, to be metrically precise. As hard as it is to believe, there are those that need that much storage in a pocket-sized storage medium, along with the performance to manipulate large media files wherever one may be at the time. Samsung crossed all lines and used its magical wand in order to create an external drive named Samsung Portable SSD (PSSD) T1 that succeeds in keeping everyone satisfied: the enthusiasts, the professionals, and the real passionate ones. The glossy section is likely to get covered in scratches and fingerprints, but at least the cross-hatch texture will keep the majority of it looking smart.

At that time, there was widespread speculation that Samsung made TLC NAND featured in the iPhone 6, but it was revealed that Toshiba was the supplier. Samsung makes no great claims about the toughness of the case, and there’s a bit of flex if you squeeze the middle, so you’ll definitely want to avoid sitting or standing on it. It weights an ounce, so you’d better not treat it like a flash drive because it certainly isn’t Its similarities to Samsung 850 EVO are discovered internally, but the PCB has suffered some modifications, in order for it to fit the small case of Samsung T1.

But otherwise SSD storage is generally very shock resistant, so most bumps and falls should only add to that collection of scratches and not harm your data. If it is an older USB 3.0 system, or even a newer USB3.0 system where you must use software to activate UASP speeds, you will only reach the area of 280MB/s, unless of course you turned Superspeed on with the software on those systems so equipped. An industry source remarked, “Since it was introduced to the market about a month ago, it is perhaps too early to talk about an improvement in product performance. It uses Samsung’s own TurboWrite Technology to maximize performance and has Dynamic Guard Protection to ensure that heavy workloads don’t damage the drive due to excessive heat. In my real-world transfer tests using my own Core i7 system with an OCZ Revo drive, the T1’s writing averaged 113MBps with 10GB’s worth of average-sized files and folders, and 135MBps with a single large 10GB file.

Perhaps the most valuable feature of the T1 for the consumer is Samsung’s simple and effective security based on the drives embedded AES 256-Bit encryption. This is a desktop-class SSD packaged inside a portable frame, and as such it can provided lightning-quick transfer speeds, with Samsung quoting sequential read and write speeds of up to 450MBps for the T1 range.

You certainly do pay for all that space, with the 1TB unit costing $356.99, but by having a large-capacity drive you can simply store all your files on the T1, without the need to copy them from machine to machine. Our sample Samsung 1TB Portable SSD T1 arrived in a very attractive retail box and the only hardware within was the drive itself, along with a USB3.0 external cable. Samsung’s included software is simple and lightweight, meaning you don’t have to faff around installing and administering third-party software – instead you just enter a password once each time you insert the drive and it’s unlocked and ready to go.

One definitely needs a magnifying glass to read the included instruction booklet, and luckily, nothing more than plugging the T1 into your system is required to get things rolling. This has cells stacked on top of each other as well as side by side, greatly increasing data density, making for cheaper, faster, higher-capacity drives. Samsung hasn’t given the drive a TBW (TeraBytes Written, i.e. the amount of data that can be written before drive failure.) rating yet, but best guess is that it should be similar to the 850EVO—75TBW for the 250GB and 150TBW for the larger models. Personally, I love taking things apart and have been doing it for years and, given this love of ripping things apart, it is only natural that things sometimes just don’t go right, especially with Samsung SSDs.

We don’t need to speak of a certain 840 Pro where the pentalobe screw didn’t want to cooperate, resulting in my punching a hole clear through that SSD. The SSD itself consists of a green printed circuit board, a low power 2-core MGX controller (S4LN062X01-Y030), four pieces of Samsung 3D V-NAND flash memory with a product number of K9DMGB8S7C, and a Samsung DRAM cache memory chip. The only downsides are that the drive isn’t ruggedized in any way, so if it does get squished or splashed then you’re likely to lose a lot of data, and of course there’s the cost. Starting at £136.99 for this 250GB model, they don’t come cheap, and while the 500GB model is comparatively reasonably priced at just £228.99, the 1TB model is a whopping £456.99.

There’s definitely a gut instinct that says spending that much on something that’s going to live in the bottom of your bag and could easily get lost is not a good idea.

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