Originally Posted by ikjadoon
That's the 512GB model; there's enough NAND chips to even make SD cards look fast, man. You should see the $1500/1700 128GB model:
From a 128GB Surface Pro 4
, but it's the same drive. So, yeah, getting an SSD in the "ultimate laptop" that is inching towards $2k that writes slower than a 7200rpm hard disk
: getting screwed
Sure, it's just sequential writes and not 4K writes, but wait til that drive is half full. I think we'll start seeing below 100MB/s writes. On a 2015 NVMe SSD.
Oh it definitely sucks for BENCHMARKS for that 128GB model. (not that I'd ever buy a $1,700 laptop that only had 128GB to be with...)
But...with 128GB model, you may be looking at Microsoft Office users. Access Times are really ALL that matters. Does it boot fast, does it open Outlook quickly, does the battery last long. (I'm coming from a previous life where a company would buy these for System Administrators and IT managers to take with them to conferences...)
For that, especially the i5 model, it excel in.
It's not good for benchmarks, doesn't mean it's bad (or even noticeable) for day to day work. It's fast enough to not bottleneck almost every use case for your average user.
Heck, even moving your video library to/from the Surface Pro (from you media server or whatever) will be bottle-necked by your 1Gbps network connection before the SSD performance impacts anything.
Would I prefer nice and fancy benchmarks? Yes.
Would it matter to me if it was the worst performer in all benchmarks, but perceptually the same as the absolutely best? Nope.
This is still a premium product nonetheless.