Samsung boosts performance of external SSD

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The blue model comes in 250GB and 500GB capacities while the deep black comes in 1TB and 2TB capacities

Samsung has squeezed another 100MB/sec out of its external USB Solid State Drive (SSD) technology with a new T5 model announced today.

The Samsung Portable SSD T5 delivers up to 540MB/sec data transfer speeds (540MB/sec read, 515MB/sec write) through a USB 3.1 Gen.2 (10Gbps) connection. However, our experience shows that these are idealised figure for large continuous datasets, like point clouds or video, so don’t expect to get these kinds of speeds when copying 1,000s of CAD parts and assemblies.

For example, its predecessor, the Samsung Portable SSD T3 achieved 103MB/sec write and 67MB/sec read, when copying SolidWorks parts and assemblies, ranging from 50k to 60MB.

Samsung says the Portable SSD T5 is up to 4.3x faster than an external Hard Disk Drive (HDD) in real-life file transfer scenarios. 

The drive itself features a metal rounded unibody design, which is only 10.5mm thick and weighs just 51 grams. The T5 comes in two distinct aluminium finishes – blue for the 250GB and 500GB models, and a deep black for 1TB and 2TB models. It comes with both USB Type-C to C and Type-C to A cables.


Other features include AES 256-bit hardware encryption to safeguard sensitive files and a newly enhanced Windows and Mac software embedded on the drive.

The Samsung Portable SSD T5 comes with both USB Type-C to C and Type-C to A cables

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