Samsung has announced a new SSD family for those that aren't quite ready to hop on over to the NVMe PCIe bandwagon, or have an older desktop or notebook that only accepts SATA storage. Meet the 860 QVO family, which is available in capacities up to 4TB.
According to Samsung, the 860 QVO family makes use of 4-bit multi-level cell (QLC) NAND flash (the first for a consumer SATA product), a Samsung MJX SSD controller, and is available in a standard 2.5-inch form-factor. Up to SATA-III speeds are supported, with sequential reads and writes topping out at 550MB/sec and 520MB/sec respectively. Random read and write speeds are pegged at 97K and 89K IOPS respectively.
To further improve performance, there is a varying amount of LPDDR4 DRAM onboard each SSD. 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB models come with 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB of DRAM respectively. Samsung has also equipped the SSDs with its proprietary Intelligent TurboWrite technology, which helps to boost write speeds during data transfers. Intelligent TurboWrite makes use of "idle" capacity of each SSD and does not affect drive endurance. Speaking of endurance, the SSDs are rated for 360TB, 720TB, and 1,440TB (total bytes written).
Those numbers aren't going to challenge the fastest NVMe PCIe SSDs on the market, but they don't need to given the price points that these products will be hitting. Samsung says that the entry-level 1TB 860 QVO will be priced at just $149.99, while the 2TB SKU will set you back $299.99. The massive 4TB SKU is priced at $599.99.
According to Samsung, the 860 QVO family comes backed with a 3-year warranty and will be available to purchase starting on December 16th.