Thanks to long-time TenForums stalwart, Cliff S, I just learned that a new and latest version of Samsung Magician is available for download. In fact, for the first time in I can’t remember when, the Samsung Download link for Magician 6.2.0 actually coughed up a download for me on the first try. I’m not sure if they’ve changed their policy on download throttling (they used to limit the number of downloads per day) or if I just got lucky. But in the lead-in graphic for this story, you see my production PC and its 512 GiB 950 PRO NVMe are now running with Magician 6.2.0.
Read (1721 MBps) and write (1455 MBps) speeds reported aren’t too shabby for a 3-year-old NVMe. Newer drives are 2X+ faster.
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What’s Wrong with Samsung Magician?
Nothing, really. But you should read Cliff S’s “Original Rant” about lack of support for RAPID mode in Windows 10 through Magician. Seems like Samsung may be leaving some speed on the table, but as Cliff himself says near the end of of his discussion that possible performance differences don’t really make themselves felt in day-to-day use. Like him, I’m reasonably satisfied with the I/O performance I get out of my Asrock Extreme7+ Z170 motherboard. That said, I know it’s time to start planning a new production machine. I hope to get it built before 2020 is over. In the latest 970 PRO generation, rated speeds are up to 3.41 GBps (read) and 2.63 GBps (write) — more than double what I’m getting out of my 950 PRO right now. Prices for the 1 TB model currently run around US$350 in the main, with the lowest outliers at US$280 (eBay) and US$338 (NextWarehouse.com).
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