If you're unfamiliar with the 850 EVO line, it's Samsung's latest SSD family aimed at the mainstream market, but it comes packing a performance punch. A big reason why Samsung is able to balance affordable pricing and performance parts is due to the use of 3D V-NAND memory. In fact, the new EVO is Samsung's first SSD line to pack 32-layer 3D V-NAND 3-bit MLC flash memory, a primary benefit being they're cheaper to produce without sacrificing endurance.
As we noted in our review of the 850 EVO, these are fast drives that perform particularly well with large sequential transfers. We evaluated the 500GB model, and while it wasn't didn't take pole position in every single benchmark, it scored its fair share of wins. When it didn't come in first, it was usually just a little behind its pricier sibling, the 850 PRO.
In any event, if this is the drive series you've been waiting for, head over to Amazon and choose your capacity. Here's how they break down:
- Samsung 850 EVO 120GB: $89.99 (75 cents per GB)
- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB: $139 (56 cents per GB)
- Samsung 850 EVO 500GB: $249.99 (50 cents per GB)
- Samsung 850 EVO 1TB: $464.99 (46 cents per GB)
As you can see, the bigger in capacity you go, the better the price per GB, culminating in just over 46 cents per gigabyte for the 1TB drive.