Technological advances are made daily with cutting edge developments in every field. All these advances make life easier, make tasks simpler, faster, and more economical. The Samsung Rapid Mode is no different; it was made to ensure Samsung’s SSDs run even faster. It gives a boost to an already efficient device.
Here’s all you need to know about Samsung Rapid Mode, and why it might be worth it to use the Samsung Rapid Mode.
Additionally, I would give some insight into SSDs because of their connection with rapid mode.
Samsung Rapid Mode
Samsung, the company, described Rapid Mode as achieving “over 2X faster performance through intelligent DRAM caching of data, for read acceleration and write optimization.” In a real-time application, loading times for gamers will be cut into two, accessing storage will be twice faster than usual and other practical uses.
Samsung already boasts of some of the fastest drives in the market, so adding a Rapid Mode is like nitro to an F1 race car. You might be asking…
How does it work exactly?
It is physically impossible to make drives faster because the read/write speeds are limited by the hardware. Samsung instead, ingeniously uses the RAM to cache files. This makes for quicker access time and a streamlined write process. The bottom line is, Rapid Mode engages the RAM on your PC and gives you faster access times.
Note: The system requirement minimum RAM is 2GB. Sometimes it might guzzle up to 4GB.
Which drives can use Rapid Mode?
Samsung has an official listing for drives supporting Rapid Mode,but that list isn’t totally complete; there are drives not listed that support Rapid Mode such as the 750 Evo.
The drives that mostly support Rapid Mode are SATA drives and some non-NVME M.2 drives like the 860 Evo. The latest NVME drives cannot use Rapid Mode so if you’re using drives like the 960 or 970 series, Rapid Mode isn’t applicable to you.
Drives like the one pictured above does not support Rapid Mode.
Note: Remember the 2GB RAM minimum requirement? You also need your system to be running on atleast Windows 7 or something much more recent than that.
How to Turn Rapid Mode On?
Enabling it is an easy process. You would need to download the application “Samsung Magician“.
It is a free application that also has other useful uses like keeping your firmware up to date, you could use it to check on the drive’s performance and condition and you could also use it to erase the drive securely if you wanted to replace it. Once you have the download, follow the next steps:
- Run the exe file and follow the prompts to install.
- Open the Samsung Magician application you’ve just installed and look for your supported drive in its drop-down box.
- Click on your drive and toggle the Rapid Mode from “Off” to “On”.
- A description message will pop up next, click “ok”. Click “yes” at the next dialog box and your PC will restart, when it comes back on, Rapid Mode will be enabled.
If you’re not sure of what you just did , go back to the Samsung Magician application and check if Rapid Mode is toggled “On”. If it is, then Rapid Mode is enabled.
Note: Whenever you are running performance tests on your PC, please turn off Rapid Mode and restart your PC before running your performance tests because Rapid Mode interferes with the read/write feature which makes your results inaccurate if it is on.
SSD ( Solid-State Drive)
For people who aren’t tech-savvy, SSDs are comparable to the hard drives we already know of in computers. These hard disk drives are for storage and even if we’ve not experienced it, we would have heard someone talk about how their drive crashed. Hard drives are susceptible to crashing, perhaps more so than other hardware components. This is why SSDs are highly regarded. Where hard drives are usually based on moving parts, SSDs are different. SSDs use a simple microchip system called NAND flash memory without moving parts and a quicker access time to storage than hard drives.
You would be able to get your information faster and need not to worry about hard drives crashing.
Common Application of SSD That Might Warrant Using Rapid Mode
Business: Some companies employ data analyzers or computer programmers who make use of huge amounts of data in their day-to-day activities and these processes can be bogged down if file transfer speeds and access times are slow. SSDs with Rapid Mode on may make life easier with faster transfer speeds and access times.
Low Power Requirements: SSDs are already low maintenance when it comes to power usage. This coupled with the extra speed of Rapid Mode will contribute to longer battery performances of mobile devices such as tablets or laptops. SSDs are also shock resistant which is good news to the clumsy among us because mobile devices falling won’t always lead to memory loss.
Gaming: Computers for gaming usually cost a lot because of the need to deliver an immersive experience, SSDs with Rapid Mode on might help by cutting down on loading time of games and in action activities. Huge modern games constantly have to load and write files, SSDs are useful to this process.
Servers: Clients always want faster read and write speeds so enterprise services regard SSDs as important tools in satisfying customers. A competitive edge will generally make a difference, something Rapid Mode can give you.
Note: SSDs are generally more expensive than HDDs and people may not always be able to afford a size that accommodates all the storage they require. I recommend using “TRIM”; a command that tells the SSD when and which data to delete after you’re done with it. You will expand the lifespan of your SSD by utilizing this tip.
Conclusion: Is Rapid Mode Worth The Fuss?
Some users swear by it while some say it isn’t particularly useful to them. The answer probably lies in the middle. Extensive research has shown though that if there’s an application you consistently use over and over again, Rapid Mode will intelligently cache data to make that application loading time and access time faster.
Applications you run often is usually where you’ll see the most benefit when using Rapid Mode. People use their PCs for different reasons so you should try out Rapid Mode if you’re hankering after increased speed and access times.
Have you ever used or do you currently use Rapid Mode? We would love to know whether it did improve your system’s speed like Samsung suggests it does.