In case you haven’t already read the Hot Hardware reviews, we’re big fans of Samsung’s 850 EVO and 850 PRO SSDs. The drives come backed with 5-year warranty (10-year for the PRO), offer excellent reliability, and are top-notch performers in synthetic and real world benchmarks. Not content with tackling the “internal” storage market, the company introduced the Portable SSD T1, which is essentially an 850 EVO wrapped in a pretty enclosure with a USB 3.0 interface.
Now, Samsung is turning its attention back to internal SSDs with the introduction of a range-topping 2TB storage tier for the 850 EVO and 850 PRO. Like the other, less capacious members of the family, the new 2TB SSDs feature 2.5-inch cases with a 7-millimeter drive height. You’ll also find 128 Samsung 32-layer 128Gb 3D V-NAND flash chips lurking under the aluminum casings.
“With added capacity, professionals and consumers can experience a smoother computing environment prepared for the intense demands of rich content such as 4K UHD video editing and viewing,” said Samsung in a statement announcing the new 2TB 850 EVO and 850 PRO.
As with other members 850 EVO family, the new 2TB addition comes backed with a 5-year warranty (150 terabytes written or TBW). The 2TB 850 PRO, on the other hand, comes with a much more generous 10-year warranty (300 TBW). And while these drives are geared towards desktop PC applications at this point, Samsung also has plans to introduce both the 2TB 850 EVO and 2TB 850 PRO in M.2 and mSATA form factors to appeal to the red hot laptop market.
Unfortunately, neither of these drives will come cheap. The 2TB 850 EVO has an MSRP of $800, while the 2TB 850 PRO will set you back an even $1,000. For comparison, the 1TB 850 EVO and 850 PRO have street prices of around $377 and $487 respectively.