Samsung M9T 2TB (2.5-inch) & Seagate SSHD 2TB

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Synthetic Performance

We start off with synthetic tests results. They don't tell the whole story of course, but it's a quick and dirty way of gauging relative performance between drives, and of course, it's easily reproducible by our readers at home.

HD Tune

HD Tune main benchmark: Samsung M9T 2TB.

HD Tune main benchmark: Seagate SSHD 2TB.

With average sequential transfer speeds of ~160 MB/s, the SSHD 2TB is right in line with other 7200 RPM models, while its access times are very SSD-like, at less than 1 ms. Meanwhile, the M9T 2TB exhibits faster than average transfer speeds for a 5400 RPM notebook drive but high latency.


CrystalDiskMark benchmark results. M9T 2TB on the left, SSHD 2TB on the right.

The SSHD seems to do well in synthetics, scoring a nice result in CrystalDiskMark as well. Its random performance at the 512K block size outpaced the WD Se 4TB, an Enterprise class model, while the NAND Flash cache helped boost its 4K block results significantly. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the M9T comes dead last among the drives compared; This suggests it is a good drive for storing and transferring files but not much else.

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