Samsung 850 Pro SSD Owners - Need your help!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MarinoMike, Jul 19, 2017.

  1. MarinoMike macrumors newbie

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    So I just upgraded from an 120gb 840 EVO to a 256gb 850 Pro SSD in my 2011 MBP. This thing just seems a tad slower than 840 EVO when I was anticipating the opposite...slower in bootup and shutdown particularly.

    The benchmark in Disk Sensei is giving some worrying latency figures...it's even slower than my EVO drive!

    SATA 3 is working and TRIM is enabled so I'm not sure why this is happening...

    Both drives were benchmarked within minutes of each other so it's definitely nothing to do with the SATA cable.


    Is there any other Mac utility which allows drive latency testing?


    850 PRO bench:
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    840 EVO bench:

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  2. Audit13 macrumors 65816

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    Does the 850 need a firmware update? Were the tests run with a fresh install of the os?
     
  3. MarinoMike thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for replying.

    850 Pro is running the latest firmware EXM04B6Q.

    The tests were run on a fresh install but only after sufficient period of idling. There was no spotlight indexing going in the background or any other major I/O processes.
     
  4. Audit13 macrumors 65816

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    I'm using a Crucial M550 in my early 2011 13" MBP and my MBP boots to the log in screen in about 10 seconds with a fresh install of Sierra.
     
  5. jerryk macrumors 68040

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    Could the drive still be busy rebuilding the indices used by spotlight and other utilities? Leave it running for a day and then retest.

    Impressive improvement in throughput on the 850.
     
  6. ZapNZs macrumors 68020

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    How long ago was the install done? How long ago was TRIM enabled? How was the install done - fresh OS install or clone?
     
  7. MarinoMike thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Install was done about 90 minutes before.

    Enabled TRIM first thing on the fresh install.

    No cloning. Fresh install using El Cap USB installer.

    I ran tests again today and it's still giving about the same figures.

    Tried manually TRIMing the drive and still no change in those latency numbers. :(
     
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  9. jerryk, Jul 20, 2017
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    jerryk macrumors 68040

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    Since you are experiencing performance issues I would assume the issue is with the drive. If it were not for the performance issues I would think the program has an issue. I used a EVO 850 in a similar MacBook and it was very fast. But I never worry about latency with SSD since there is no rotation in the drive.

    You might want to also change the drive connecting cable. These are known to start failing and lead to stalls and other issues.
     

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