SSD shootout - Intel vs. SanDisk vs. Samsung

By Katrina Canlas & Kenny Yeo - 24 Feb 2015

Results - CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1

CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1 Results

CrystalDiskMark is an easy-to-run and quick utility to use to gauge a drive’s performance. It measures sequential read and write performance and random read and write speeds of random 4KB, 4KB (queue depth 32) and 512KB data.

Intel’s decision to employ 128Gbit NAND is perplexing as it will inevitably affect write performance and so it was no surprise to see that write performance of the Intel SSD 730 Series was poor compared to the SanDisk and Samsung drives. The other drive here to employ 128Gbit NAND is the Crucial MX100, but even then, the Crucial MX100’s write performance was not as bad as the Intel SSD 730 Series’.

On the other hand, the SanDisk Extreme Pro proved to be a a much more capable performer, but there were some quirks. 512K read performance was poor and so was 4K reads and writes. The Samsung SSD 850 Pro continued to impress and posted some of the highest speeds and was also very consistent in its performance as well.