Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: Samsung’s new SSD 840 EVO series of solid state drives performed extremely well throughout our entire battery of benchmarks. Whether using synthetic benchmarks, trace-based tests, or highly-compressible or incompressible data, the Samsung SSD 840 EVO series of drives put up class-leading numbers. The 1TB drive offered better write performance overall versus the 250GB drive, though that was to be expected.
Samsung’s SSD 840 EVO series of solid state drives should be available in the next few days at prices starting at $109 for the 120GB model. More specifically, the MSRPs for the entire range of drives, in capacities of 120GB to 1TB is as follows:
- 120GB - $109.99 ($.91 per GB)
- 250GB - $189.99 ($.76 per GB)
- 500GB - $369.99 ($.74 per GB)
- 750GB - $529.99 ($70 per GB)
- 1TB - $649.99 ($.65 per GB)
As you can see, the cost per gigabyte of Samsung’s SSD 840 EVO series of drives decreases as capacities increase. So, the larger drive you can afford, the better deal it is. And in light of current competing drives, the EVO series is right in-line and competitive.
In terms of their performance, the SSD 840 EVO series of drives are clearly very attractive options. We can’t definitively speak to their long-term reliability since they haven’t even hit the market yet, but based on past experience with Samsung’s drives, we don’t expect any surprises. Samsung is also offering a 3-year warranty on the drives, which is also in-line with the competition. If you're in the market for a new solid state drive, the Samsung SSD 840 EVO series should be on your short list, especially if you've got the coin for one of the larger capacities in the line-up.