Samsung T5 SSD 2TB: Review
Hey, what’s up guys this is Karthik with another video and you are looking at a brand new Samsung T5 Portable SSD. I got the 2TB version right here which is the largest storage capacity you can get with this model.
Inside the box, you get your T5 SSD and 2 different cables, and you don't need a separate cable to power this external drive.
You get a USB 3.1 Gen 2 to USB 3.1 Gen 2 cable and a USB 3.1 Gen 2 to USB 3.0 cable for your older devices.
With the release of the second generation USB 3.1 which can now support up to 10 Gbps data transfer, SSD manufacturers are beginning to truly push the transfer speed limits with external SSD.
So, in order to take advantage of the maximum data transfer rate, you need to make sure you are using a device that’s compatible with USB 3.1 Gen 2 like the latest MacBook Pro.
The best feature of the T5 SSD is its small form factor.
This is how small it looks next to an iPhone 7 Plus. This is definitely a great buy if you are looking for the smallest scratch disk for your on-the-go video editing workflow.
Samsung T5 comes in 4 different storage capacity with the 2TB costing close to $800.
Moving on to the speed test, I’m going to use both Blackmagic and AJA today to see if we are getting consistent results.
As you can see both test results show a consistent read-write speed around 540 MB/s.
As a consumer, you care about 3 things when it comes to external SSDs. Transfer speed, size, and durability. You don’t really care about how many layers of cells are stacked inside and how they are stacked.
Said that I think while the T5 is the smallest of its kind but it’s not the fastest. There are other portable SSDs that combine multiple smaller SSDs in a RAID - 0 configuration to achieve transfer speeds up to 800 MB/s while the T5 maxes out at say 540 MB/s. If you are editing uncompressed Raw 4K videos this is definitely something worth taking into account.
In any case, T5 makes a great compact, portable SSD for heavy video editing and photography workflow. I’ll be posting a speed comparison between the T5 and the AtomRAID SSD so please subscribe and turn on notifications so you’ll get to know the very moment I posted that video.
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