Samsung Portable SSD X5 Thunderbolt 3 Review

Full Review on New Samsung SSD Called Samsung Portable SSD X5 Thunderbolt 3

With the increasing awareness of data storage, people have started to save their data for future use. The world is estimated to hit 163ZB by 2025, that’s just 6 years from now and mind it only 6 years. What will we do with such huge data? How are they going to get saved? The questions are very complex to understand and further more complex to have answers to. The simplest of the answer would be “we actually don’t know”.

There have been developments in the storage field and mind it even the cloud storage may not seem physical for us, but it is stored at some physical location on physical drives on Earth. And to top it up, there are even multiple copies of same data stored on similar drives in many other locations as well. So, the drives are the ultimate solution for the storage of data.

If we talk about YouTube data, its only 720p factor takes up as follows,

191.141537 gigabytes/minute

11.1996994 terabytes/hour

268.792787 terabytes/day

7.75157161 petabytes/month

93.0188597 petabytes/year

and according to some researches, if we consider the 15 years of data stored, and its storage in multiple hard drives in multiple replications, it would result to 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 Bytes or 10 Exabytes or 1 sextillion gigabytes of data. That number is huge, just huge.

Samsung Portable SSD X5 Thunderbolt 3
Pic: Samsung (Samsung Portable SSD X5 has lightning-fast read/write speeds of up to 2,800/2,300 MB/s via Samsung Portable SSD X5 Thunderbolt 3)

So, we come to a resolution that the data has to be physically stored, somewhere in some form with some replications. There’s no way around. So, the point is we have to develop our storage infrastructures, like read/write speed, replication speed, fault tolerance, storage space etc. that’s the only way around to actually be able to utilize that data when required.

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Different Types of Hard Drives

Samsung Portable SSD X5 Thunderbolt 3
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Different types of hard drives have been used to store and retrieve data to and from them. We generally have 4 types of hard drives developed and they are as listed:

  • Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment (PATA)
  • Serial ATA (SATA)
  • Small Computer System Interface (SCSI)
  • Solid State Drives (SSD)

PATA were the first hard disk drives and use Parallel ATA interface standard to connect to mother board. It uses 40 to 80 wire ribbon cable to transfer data parallelly. It stores data by the use of magnetism and has mechanical moving parts.

PATA was suspended by the use of SATA or Serial ATA and is used as main hard disk drives in desktops and laptops at present. SATA connects with 7-pin connector as opposed to 40–80 pins of PATA. The wire is thinner and flexible. The SATA hard drive consumes less power opposed to PATA.

SCSI are faster, reliable and have better scalability and flexibility in arrays. It is well adopted for storing and moving very large amount of data. It is often utilized for 24/7 operations where turning off the hard drives is just not possible. It can be connected internally and externally as well.

Solid State Drive or SSD is next advancement in the hard disk technology. It as a USB flash drive, doesn’t has any movable parts and the data is written IC or semiconductor devices to store data permanently. It’s fast, less susceptible to shock, lower access time and latency, durable and uses less power. It is the drive of the future with lots of possibility.

Samsung In SSD Business

Samsung Portable SSD X5 Thunderbolt 3

Samsung has always been spotted to deliver something innovative, useful and problem solver to the world. It has got the long reputation of producing the fast and reliable SSDs in the market. Last year, the Sonnet fusion Thunderbolt 3 SSD was the fastest bus-powered external SSD at that time. But after Samsung has stepped a step forward in the SSD world, Fusion SSD seems a thing from the past.

The SSDs from Samsung, Samsung T3 and T5 portable SSDs are extremely popular product for those looking for reliable and fast external storage solution. The speed of SSDs are unmatched with that of other hard drives and because of lack of any movable parts, it can be made compact and extremely reliable.

Thanks to the Thunderbolt 3 technology, the technology that adapts and uses USB type-C to its fullest, newer SSDs are even faster than the previous versions. Thunderbolt 3 provides the fastest, most versatile connection to any dock, display or peripheral devices including billions of USB devices.

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Samsung Portable SSD X5 Thunderbolt 3

With the advent of thunderbolt 3 with the portable SSDs, the speed business in the SSDs has flown out of the window. Samsung has released the latest version of its portable SSD with the feature of Thunderbolt 3. Thunderbolt 3 has tremendously improved the speed rating of the SSD to a whopping 2,800 MB/s read and 2,300 MB/s write. The specs of the X5 SSD is listed below.

  • Available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB varieties
  • 40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 interface
  • No RAID 0 configuration
  • PCIe Gen 3 flash controller
  • Sequential data transfer rates up to 2,800 MB/s read and 2,300 MB/s write
  • 2,100 MB/s write for 500GB version
  • Works well on both Mac and Windows
  • Optional password protection via AES 256-bit Encryption
  • Bus powered i.e. no external power needed
  • Sleek, full-metal glossy design
  • No moving parts
  • Heat sinks for cooling
  • Non-slip matte surface on bottom of drive
  • Shock-resistant to withstand up to 2 meters drop
  • Includes 0.5m Thunderbolt 3 cable
  • Dimension: 4.7×2.4×0.8-inches
  • Weight: 0.33 lbs.
  • 3-years warranty
  • MSRP $399(500GB), $999(1TB), $1399(2TB)

Samsung X5 Design and Components

Samsung Portable SSD X5 Thunderbolt 3

Samsung has done a very remarkable in creating such SSD with compact form factor, sleek design yet work with that fast speed in a bus-powered SSD. There is no active cooling in the X5 and Samsung is pretty sure about the heatsinks that does all the cooling work. With no fans attached and with speed of Thunderbolt 3, the drive is so quiet that you might question whether it is working or not. As it is created with creative professionals like video creators in mind, the idea of not having fan makes sense and in the well ventilated and cooled environment, there will be no such problem of heating.

The heatsink does a remarkable job keeping the NVMe SSD cool inside the 0.8-inch-thick case. It is noted that the temperature of the SSD is held quiet beautifully below 45ºC which still is very warm, but in cooled setup, it is not a problem.

When the X5 was revealed, people had doubts in mind about the form factor being thicker than the previous model T5, but its not only the design that counts but the thicker casing has very important tasks to perform. The heatsink inside cools the SSD while the internal protection guard makes it protected from drops of up to 2 meters, while the matte bottom makes it adhered to the surface.

It is shipped with a 0.5meter Thunderbolt 3 cable for the connection with Mac and your PC. The point that should be kept in mind is that, it is only for the Thunderbolt 3 provided machine and the only downside with thunderbolt 3 drive is that it isn’t backward compatible with USB 3.1 and thus can’t be used with USB only machines.

Its is a known fact that NVMe drives can get very hot on operation, but even without a fan and just heatsink for cooling, the Samsung’s thermal tech does great job in maintaining the optimal performance and temperature to keep the drive safe. The good thing is even under extensive testing and reaching the stated max speeds, the drive never ever gets very hot to handle.

Conclusion

As a conclusion, if you are creative professional and take your data and work seriously enough to spend some handsome sum of money in newly introduced tech, you are very much going to love what the Samsung X5 Thunderbolt 3 SSD has to provide. Being quiet and efficient and fast and cooled all at the same time, X5 is definitely a cherry on the cake for the professionals.

The Samsung’s hard-work innovation, and engineering expertise is well visualized by the X5 SSD. It is worth every penny you are going to spend on this SSD, may it be time or money, its totally worth it.

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