Review: Samsung's SSD 840 EVO 250GB & 1TB Drives Tested, Impressive Performance

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Samsung has been aggressively bolstering its solid state drive line-up for the last couple of years. While some of Samsung’s earliest drives may not have particularly stood-out versus the competition at the time, the company’s 830 series and more recently the 840 series of solid state drives—especially the 840 Pro--have been excellent, both in terms of value and overall performance in their target markets.

Today we’re going to give you a taste of a couple of Samsung’s latest consumer-class solid state drives in the just-announced the 840 EVO series of products. As the name suggests, the SSD 840 EVO series of drives are an evolution of the Samsung 840 series. These drives use the latest TLC NAND flash to come out of Samsung’s fab, along with an updated controller, and also feature some interesting software that can significantly impact performance as well.


...strap yourself in as we take a look at one of the more interesting solid state drives to come across our test bench in quite a while...
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realneil replied on Wed, Aug 14 2013 9:15 PM

The 1TB drive is drool worthy.

(honestly, they all are)

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I bought a 250, cannot wait for rome total war with my new rig. I also found games like OOTP Baseball run 10x times better on SSDs.

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SmogHog replied on Wed, Aug 14 2013 10:34 PM

How does the drive perform when it's the primary boot drive with an OS on it and filled 25%,50 % and 75%.

Who uses their SSD with 0% of data on it and not as the boot drive?

What good are reviews of empty drives tested from another drive that's in safe mode.

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Dave_HH replied on Wed, Aug 14 2013 10:45 PM

It's all relative. If you want that kind of data, just look at out IOMeter tests. It near fills the drive and then hits it with a continuous read/write pattern of random workloads. You're asking an interesting question but if you look at the data and actually read about the testing, the information you're looking for is in there.

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spock replied on Thu, Aug 15 2013 9:23 AM

Solid-state drives are one of the best drivers on the market but they have a very high pricetag like this one for instance Samsung 840 EVO Series 1TB SSD it has a pricetag of $799. I have noticed that the price range solid-state drives start as low as $75 for a 30 gigabyte up to $799 for 1 TB. I am currently running a 256 GB hard drive I would like to upgrade the prices to high from me to buy one it would be nice one day see the prices drop down to a point where it would be affordable to upgrade to a new hard drive.

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realneil replied on Thu, Aug 15 2013 2:26 PM

SmogHog:
Who uses their SSD with 0% of data on it and not as the boot drive?

On one of my PCs, I use a 256GB SSD as boot drive and I have a 120GB SSD as my Steam drive.

I have a 480GB SSD that's going into another PC soon. It will be my OS drive and a 240GB SSD will be the Steam drive on it.

Both PCs will have platter drives for mass storage. SSD Prices have dropped a lot in the past few years,........

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RyanEvans replied on Mon, Aug 19 2013 2:49 AM

$799 for 1TB!! No way!! this is too expensive & not sure on the reliability aspect as well since this happens to be recently launched. I am quite contented & happy with my 240GB Kingston hyperx 3K boot volume. The advantage I notice in my piece of hardware is the sandforce controller which is very smart in terms of incompressible data handling & also manages the overall performance of the SSD better!

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cloef replied on Sat, Sep 7 2013 1:17 PM

For those of us who are curious about the longevity of the new 19nm TLC there is an endurance test recently launched over at http://ssdendurancetest.com

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DanAllain replied on Fri, Nov 29 2013 7:23 PM

Check out amazon, the 1TB is 539... http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electronics-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7TE250BW/dp/B00E3W1726/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1385755631&sr=1-1

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I would be amazing to get this, these are such great drives. Maybe one day ;)

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Hi Marco,

Thank you for the excellent review; I'd like to add important point: WARRANTY.

1) 840 PRO, 5 years limited (client PC use only)***; *** For enterprise applications, 5 years limited warranty assumes a maximum average workload of 40GB/day (calculated based on host writes and on the industry standard of 3-month data retention). Workloads in excess of 40GB/day are not covered under warranty.

2) 840 EVO, 3 years limited.

Thanks.

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