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Samsung 470 Series SSD 256GB review

Throwing its hat in the memory controller ring

Our Verdict

The SandForce SSD controller is due a spanking. Improved as it is, Samsung's latest isn't the drive to do it.

For

  • Solid spec and performance
  • Comes with drive-cleaner app for non Win7 users

Against

  • Only has a 3Gbps interface
  • SandForce-powered drives are still faster

Long term performance is the big worry with SSDs.

Early drives delivered scorching performance out of the box, but quickly went down the toilet with intensive usage.

To simulate a used drive, we install Windows 7 and then stuff each SSD full of data. This used to be enough to make SSDs suffer slow downs. More recent SSDs are much more resilient.

Sequential performance

Samsung 470 series ssd 256gb - benchmarks

4K random performance

Samsung 470 series ssd 256gb - benchmarks

Burst speed

Samsung 470 series ssd 256gb - benchmarks

File transfer performance

Samsung 470 series ssd 256gb - benchmarks

Tech Specs

Product TypeSolid State Drive
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width2.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/300
Brand NameSamsung
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity256 GB
Maximum Read Transfer Rate250 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate220 MBps
Height9.5 mm
Width70 mm
Depth100 mm
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelMZ-5PA256
Product Name470 Series MZ-5PA256 Solid State Drive
Manufacturer Part NumberMZ5PA256HMDR-0AA00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Spend more time doing and less time waiting. Samsung Solid State Drives access data a lot faster than standard hard drives. This means less time for a computer to boot up or programs to launch. Data is available much quicker and overall response time is significantly improved. Samsung SSD drives have industry-leading performance of up to 250MB/sec sequential read speed and 220MB/sec sequential write speed which leads to computers booting up in as little as 15 seconds and programs opening up in seconds.

Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)57 g