Samsung 750 Evo 500GB

Samsung’s lat­est bud­get SSD

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - Alan stone­bridge

£118 FROM Samsung, NEED S A Mac or drive en­clo­sure with a 2.5-inch SATA III in­ter­face

Like the Kingston drive re­viewed above, Samsung’s 750 Evo is a 2.5-inch SSD that can boost an older Mac’s per­for­mance, or be used in an ex­ter­nal case. It of­fers more space, and is bet­ter value per gi­ga­byte.

Like the UV400, we were pleased by im­prove­ments in min­i­mum trans­fer rates over older drives we’ve tested; the 750 Evo out­per­formed them all, not least in ran­dom writes with a min­i­mum trans­fer rate of 37.9MB/sec – Freecom’s Tough Drive Mini SSD Pro ( MF287) man­aged 34.7 and the UV400 reached 31.8.

Mean and max trans­fer rates are mostly within a whisker of the UV400, so the same points about ran­dom read and write op­er­a­tions ap­ply, ex­cept it maxed out at 287.3MB/sec in ran­dom writes next to the UV400’s 333.1.

We’d pass on this for video projects, though it isn’t bad as gen­eral fast stor­age, such as a Mac’s startup disk. As an ex­ter­nal, though, when you add an en­clo­sure Samsung’s own T3 ( MF301) costs lit­tle more.

Samsung’s 2.5-inch drives all look sim­i­lar, so be care­ful when you buy.

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