Originally Posted by Liranan
There is lots of competition, just because synthetic benchmarks favour Samsung doesn't mean they're the best. It's no different than ISP's cheating when it comes to speedtest.net or Samsung or other ARM makers cheating in benchmarks (they practically all do it).
Test a few SSD's other than holy Samsung ones and see there's no difference in performance.
Unfortunately I don't really have the money to test multiple SSDs against Samsung's myself, so I, as with the majority of people who buy PC hardware, have to primarily assess an SSD's performance via benchmarks from review sites.Anandtech's review of the 850 EVO
showed in their in-house tests, the 2011 version using "real OS/application usage", that the EVO was only beaten by the 850 PRO, with only at most two non-samsung drives giving them competition, but never actually beating either the EVO or PRO.
On top of this, Samsung is currently the only real provider of PCIE 3.0 NVME M.2 SSDs at what might be described as approaching reasonable pricing and availability. They are also the only company to have a commercial 2TB SSD (I think, please correct me if I am wrong!), and even a 4TB one, despite its daunting price tag.
Regardless of whether companies cheat in benchmarks (and surely this is hard for them to do with a benchmark such as Anandtech's which is developed in-house), Samsung at the very least quite obviously beats the others at their own game. Why trust the cheaters who lost over the cheater who won?
The only clear argument I see for buying another SSD is that regardless of who wins in benchmarks in the real world, the performance in daily tasks will appear the same no matter the SSD, and therefore if there is a cheaper drive out there that performs similarly, then why not go for that instead?
I'd say that is a reasonable argument, but I would also say that this view is rare amongst consumers as a whole. The reason for Samsung's popularity is because of reviews such as anandtech's showing the edge they have over other SSDs in their benchmarks, their widespread availability, and the fact that people are willing to pay a little more for the best performing product, regardless of whether there would be a perceived difference.
Because of all this, a company needs to start properly competing in benchmarks, cheating or not, and do it at the same or better price-point. WD might be just the company we need to stop Samsung's dominance on the SSD industry.