SSD shootout - Intel vs. SanDisk vs. Samsung

By Katrina Canlas & Kenny Yeo - 24 Feb 2015

Timing Tests + PCMark 7 Results

Timing tests

The timing tests evaluate how the SSDs perform in real-world everyday situations, namely booting up from a cold start, reboot and launching applications. As for the applications used, we made the drives launch 11 applications from the Adobe CS6 suite of utilities simultaneously; they include resource-intensive applications such as Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Premiere Pro, amongst others. As a point of reference, a 7200rpm mechanical hard disk would take over 5 minutes to open all the applications.

The times recorded by the SanDisk Extreme Pro was very respectable and it was one of the faster drives. And even though it was slower than the Samsung SSD 850 Pro and Plextor M6 Pro, the difference between the two was not a cause for much concern. The Intel SSD 730 Series, on the other hand, was a little underwhelming. The time it took to boot from a cold start and to reboot was a little on the high side, and more similar to mainstream drives such as the Crucial M550 and Samsung SSD 850 Evo.


PCMark 7 results

PCMark 7 is a benchmarking suite from FutureMark that evaluates the performance of Windows 7 machines. It tests a wide range workloads and aspects of the system ranging from computation, image and video manipulation and storage. We’ll be looking solely at the storage test here.

The Samsung SSD 850 Pro and SSD 850 Evo racked up the highest scores on PCMark 8 and only the Plextor M6 Pro came close to challenging them. The Intel SSD730 Series and SanDisk Extreme Pro both recorded very similar scores with only a few points separating them. However, it must be noted that the difference between the top and bottom drive was just 334 points or just over 6% difference. So if we were to look at the big picture, all eight drives performed respectably, but there are clearly some drives that were just that little bit faster.