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

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Technology and cars. Increasingly the twain shall meet. Which is handy, because Jeremy (Twitter) is addicted to both. Long-time tech journalist, former editor of iCar magazine and incumbent car guru for T3 magazine, Jeremy reckons in-car technology is about to go thermonuclear. No, not exploding cars. That would be silly. And dangerous. But rather an explosive period of unprecedented innovation. Enjoy the ride.