AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer

The Destroyer has been an essential part of our SSD test suite for nearly two years now. It was crafted to provide a benchmark for very IO intensive workloads, which is where you most often notice the difference between drives. It's not necessarily the most relevant test to an average user, but for anyone with a heavier IO workload The Destroyer should do a good job at characterizing performance. For full details of this test, please refer to this article.

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Data Rate)

The Trion is evidently not designed for intensive IO workloads like our The Destroyer and that's clear in the results. It's quite a bit slower than any of the other drives we have tested, including the TLC based Silicon Motion SM2256.

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Latency)

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Latency)

Fortunately the share of high latency IOs is tolerable and despite the high average latency the Trion at least doesn't completely stop processing host IOs. 

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Latency)

It looks like the Trion is doing a lot of background garbage collection because despite the low performance, the power consumption is very high. For desktop users that's a non-issue, but for mobile the Trion may not be the best pick.

AnandTech Storage Bench - The Destroyer (Power)

Performance Consistency AnandTech Storage Bench - Heavy
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  • extide - Thursday, July 9, 2015 - link

    Published endurance ratings != actual endurance!!!

    Published endurance ratings are only used for two reasons:
    1) To keep write heavy enterprize users away
    2) For warranty purposes (A published endurance rating gives a hard cutoff for the end of warranty period, besides the time period running out)

    ACTUAL endurance of the NAND is usually WAY higher, especially with the Samsung 850 series drives.
  • Solid State Brain - Thursday, July 9, 2015 - link

    It looks like these drives have had their endurance validated according to the JEDEC JESD219A client workload specification, which means it's actually a meaningful value rather than one arbitrarily set by the manufacturer to keep heavy users away.
  • jann5s - Thursday, July 9, 2015 - link

    I'm really really really curious to some data retention measurements. I would appreciate it greatly if AT would throw some MLC and TLC SSD's in the vault for half a year and then report back with an awesome review!
  • Ken_g6 - Thursday, July 9, 2015 - link

    Looks like the Trion is a drive to bypass. Maybe they'd do better with a drive called the "Succeedon".
  • camelNotation - Thursday, July 9, 2015 - link

    LOL nice one
  • Impulses - Thursday, July 9, 2015 - link

    Samsung's 850 line looks poised to have as much staying power as the 830s (luckily I skipped the buggy 840 EVO since I wasn't looking for more capacity at the time)... Looking forward to some BF or Amazon's 20th deals on that 1TB 850 EVO! (tho I probably should've just bought it when it hit $340 not long ago) Is Samsung releasing a new series early next year or are they all about PCI-E/M2 moving forward?
  • The_Assimilator - Thursday, July 9, 2015 - link

    2.5" SSDs aren't going away anytime soon, so I'm sure we'll see Samsung 860 series SSDs in the future. How soon is the question, because it seems there's not much that can be done to speed up drives without having them bottlenecked by SATA3 and AHCI.
  • Gigaplex - Thursday, July 9, 2015 - link

    The advances for the 860 series are likely to focus on density rather than performance upgrades. However, there is still a lot of room for improvement in random IO performance.
  • Byte - Thursday, July 9, 2015 - link

    Samsung already announced 2TB 850 Evo and Pros, the prices look pretty good also. Its gonna be hard to top the 850 series!
  • eek2121 - Thursday, July 9, 2015 - link

    You guys act like the 840 EVO was the worst drive in the world. I've had 0 problems with mine in the year that i've owned it and couldn't be happier.

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