Performance, Pricing, and Conclusion
2TB model, ASMedia USB 3.1 (ThreadRipper platform)
500GB model, ASMedia USB 3.1 (ThreadRipper platform)
2TB model, ASMedia USB 3.0 (ThreadRipper platform)
500GB model, ASMedia USB 3.0 (ThreadRipper platform)
I noticed the smaller transfer sizes were lacking on the ThreadRipper platform, which appears to be a processor/memory related latency issue that we've seen before, as that problem goes away even when connected to a slower and older i5-4440 system:
500GB model, Intel USB 3.0 (Intel i5-4440 platform)
I'll dig into the external storage performance on the newer AMD platforms soon, but that's another article :).
- 250GB (Blue) – $130 ($0.52/GB)
- 500GB (Blue) – $200 ($0.40/GB)
- 1TB (Black) – $400 ($0.40/GB)
- 2TB (Black) – $800 ($0.40/GB)
Warranty period is 3 years.
While only a product refresh, Samsung has squeezed a bit more performance out of their new Portable SSD T5's. A new ASMedia controller enables USB 3.1 Gen 2 for those with a capable port, pushing speeds upwards of 540 MB/s, while those with 'older' USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports will still enjoy the ~450 MB/s seen with the T3 and T1. The extra 100 MB/s may not be groundbreaking, but it certainly comes in handy when waiting for larger files to transfer. Overall I was happy with the fit, finish, aesthetic, and performance of the T5, and it, therefore, becomes my new default recommendation for those demanding a lot from their portable storage while on the go.