NVMe SSD vs SATA SSD vs SATA III HDD Performance Test

I recently upgrade my work PC (previous post) and as a result I had to dig into a few new technologies, one of them being the newer storage interface, NVMe.  Below are a few tests using CrystalDiskMark, overall the most recently manufactured SSD NVMe was the fastest (Intel).

  • Samsung 960 EVO Series – 250GB PCIe NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD (Amazon $117.20)
    • (Advertised – 3,200/1,900 MB/s)
    • Launch Q4’16

  • Intel SSD 760P Series (512GB, M.2 80mm PCIe 3.0 x 4, 3D2, TLC) (Amazon $157.00 at time of post)
    • (Advertised – 3230 /1625  MB/s)
    • Launch Q1’18

  • PNY CS1311 120GB 2.5” SATA III SSD (Amazon $62.99 at time of post)
    • (Advertised – 550/510 MB/s)
    • Launch Q4’15


  • Seagate 8TB IronWolf NAS SATA 6Gb/s NCQ 256MB Cache 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive (Amazon)
    • Advertised – 210/MB/s
    • $239
    • Launched Q3’16




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