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Samsung Portable SSD T3 1TB Review: Compact, high-speed, Type-C storage

By Steve
Feb 23, 2016
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  1. Samsung's ultra-compact T1 SSD made a strong impression around this time last year when it topped our performance charts as the quickest USB 3.0 storage device we'd ever tested. So much so that we made it our top pick for best portable storage device.

    Having been based on an mSATA version of the SSD 850 Evo, the T1 shared similar performance, and although USB 3.0 doesn't offer quite as much bandwidth as SATA 6Gb/s, Samsung touted sequential read and write speeds of 450MB/s, which at the time was more than twice that of the fastest thumb drive we'd handled.

    The new Samsung Portable SSD T3 drives build upon that foundation with a few key upgrades over its predecessor and capacities all the way up to 2TB. From a performance point of view little appears to have changed, but notable upgrades include the change from USB 3.0 to USB 3.1, providing the T3 series with the easier to use and more convenient USB Type-C connection, as well as a more durable metal case.

    Read the complete review.

     
  2. fktech

    fktech TS Booster Posts: 121   +39

    Wish I could afford a 2TB T3.....
     
  3. Arturo

    Arturo TS Member Posts: 81   +26

    With that price I am happy with the cheap My Passport Ultra 2TB I bought for 110 dollars.
     
  4. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 867   +277

    You can get Sata to USB 3 adapters for like $30.... while not exactly small, it would be $100 cheaper to get a 1tb 850 Pro with it...

    On the other had, the T1 sells for $300 now... I'd go for that... there's no point using a 3.1 port for something that doesn't gain any performance from it - reminds me of the first USB 3 portable HDs that simply rebranded their USB 2.0 HDs...

    I'm curious as to what the T4 (or maybe T5 if they skip another number in the series) will give for performance. Once they use the 10GB/s standard, they should be able to match the SATA version...

    And how long until we get the M.2 versions in a USB stick? The 950 would make an even better portable drive than the 850 after all...
     
  5. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 2,218   +1,244

    You would be seriously bandwidth limited by the USB interface when using an SSD capable of over 2GB/s.
     
  6. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 867   +277

    USB 3.1 is rated to 10GB/S.... So that should give decent speed, no?
     
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,559   +2,900

    That is 10Gbit not 10GByte.
     
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  8. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 867   +277

    Yes... assumed Steve meant GBit as well.... with the T1/T3 maxing out at 400-450mb/s, I'd think that there is still quite enough headroom for improvement - like almost 400%....
     
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,559   +2,900

    Small b for bit, large B for byte. 2GB/s is 4 times the bandwidth of SATA 3.0 and USB 3.0. USB 3.1 is only twice the bandwidth of USB 3.0.
     
  10. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 867   +277

    But we're still talking huge room for improvement...
     
  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,559   +2,900

    I won't deny that point. I don't think Steve will either. I think he was simply suggesting that M.2 would be bottle-necked on SATA or USB regardless of revision.
     
  12. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 867   +277

    Very true - let's hope by then we have USB 4.... or 5...
     

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