A review of the best samsung solid state drive

samsung solid state driveThe Samsung solid state drive is arguably one of the fastest SSD drives on the market today. The drive combines both a remarkable performance and fair pricing making it an ideal acquisition for any home user. This post provides an unbiased review of this drive based on several crucial aspects and standards of a drive.





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Product Details:

  • Capacity: 250GB
  • Form Factor: 2.5 inch
  • Interface: SATA 6Gb/s (Compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s)
  • NAND Flash: 32 Layer 3D V-NAND
  • Thickness: 7.0 mm
  • Optimized performance for everyday computing needs
  • Sequential read speed 540 MB/s; Sequential write speed 520 MB/s; Random read speed 100K; Random write speed 90K

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Supports TurboWrite Technology

The TurboWrite technology is often found in more expensive enterprise SSDs serving as a buffer zone. This technology enhances the transfer speeds especially in a stimulated high-performance mode of the flash memory. The TurboWrite technology works automatically resulting in a more efficient performance from the users´ perspective.

Compatible with RAPID

RAPID is a technology that helps to boost a computer´s performance by using its RAM (system memory) as an input/output cache. It is especially suitable for use in computers that have large quantities of RAM since it consumes up to 25 percent of the memory or 4 GB, whichever is less. The 850 Evo supports this technology although users will need to install Magician 4.5, a supportive software that helps fix various compatibility issues and other related errors. The user manually enables the RAPID mode in the SSD from where it works by itself in adjusting the RAM, based on availability. Samsung includes the Magician 4.5 software on a CD upon the drive purchase.

High endurance rating

Besides the Samsung SSD 850 Pro, the 850 Evo is the second SSD drive from Samsung that makes use of the 3D vertical flash memory cells. These cells are stacked in up to 32 layers thereby allowing for a relatively higher number of cells in the same number of wafer bits. This is important in increasing the drive´s density that translates to more storage space at a lower cost. The drive comes with a 3D NAND to enable it deliver a higher endurance rating. This rating determines the total amount of data that can be written to the drive before it becomes unreliable. For the 250GB capacity SSD, the endurance rating is 75TB. This means that the drive can last up to five years if average data amounting to 40GB is written to the disk each day.

Fair pricing

Considering the numerous outstanding specifications that Samsung 850 Evo features, the current pricing of roughly 40 cents per GB is a bargain. This is the cheapest SSD at launch from Samsung and is definitely worth buying.

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Additional Features

– Design- 2.5 inches (form factor), 7.0 mm (thickness)

– Sequential read speed- 540MB/s

– Sequential write speed- 520MB/s

– Random read speed- 100K IOPS

– Random write speed- 90K IOPS

– Power consumption- 2mW (idle) and 3.7W|3.7W (while in read or write mode). Very energy efficient and can help improve battery life by about 50 minutes compared to ordinary hard disk drives.

– Comes with a 5-year warranty

– Included cache- 512MB.

– Cables, brackets and screws are sold separately from the package.

– Data security- uses AES 256-bit encryption, TCG/Opal v.2, and the Microsoft eDrive full-disk encryption.

– Supports SATA 3 (6Gb/s) but will also work fine with SATA 2 (1.5Gb/s) as well as the original SATA.

The Samsung  850 Evo solid state drive may have been the official upgrade to the 840 Evo but in terms of features and capabilities, it shares more with the higher-end 850 Pro. Users will certainly enjoy an impressive overall performance using this drive.

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