Samsung Portable SSD T9 Review – The Power of USB 3.2 Gen2x2


Samsung’s latest portable was able to hit over 2000 MB/s (2029 MB/s) in sequential read speeds using CrystalDiskMark, though it was shy of the rated 1950 MB/s in the write test (1869 MB/s). Real-world results will often be slower, as we saw with the Windows file transfers, but even under extended operation the T9 was, as expected, faster than our 10 Gbps drives.

We will caution you, however: if you do not have a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 port on your motherboard (or laptop), you will see additional performance compared to a 10 Gbps device such as the previous-gen Portable SSD T7. More and more motherboards and laptops should offer 2×2, but the vast majority of systems around here have only 10 Gbps ports.

As to pricing, Samsung has the Portable SSD T9 1TB capacity listed at $139.99 USD, with the 2TB capacity (as reviewed) at $239.99 USD, and the 4TB capacity at $439.99 USD. These prices place a premium on the Portable SSD T9 when comparing the line to competitive products, but you are getting a trusted name, that durable enclosure, and a 5-year warranty. Still, we see market corrections on external storage all the time.

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