Samsung SSD 870 QVO Review: Terabytes Of Solid State Storage

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Samsung SSD 870 QVO Review: More Testing And Our Verdict

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Here we see the 2TB Samsung SSD 870  QVO performing much like the 860 Pro. The 1TB model offers similar read performance, but it's smaller variable TurboWrite cache results in lower average write performance across the entirety of the drive.

CrystalDiskMark is a synthetic benchmark that tests both sequential and random small and mid-sized file transfers using incompressible data. It provides a quick look at best and worst case scenarios with regard to SSD performance, best case being larger sequential transfers and worse case being small, random transfers.

CrystalDiskMark x64 Benchmarks
Synthetic File Transfer Tests

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Throughout the various CrystalDiskMark tests, until we hit the 4K Q1T1 test, all of the drives we tested performed similarly, maxing out the bandwidth available over the SATA interface. In the low queue depth 4K test, however, the the Samsung drives inch ahead, with the 870 QVOs sandwiching the 860 Pro.

We like PCMark 10's new quick storage benchmark module for its real-world application measurement approach to testing. PCMark offers a trace-based measurement of system response times under various scripted workloads of traditional client / desktop system operation.
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The newer firmware, controller, and DRAM cache configuration all work together here to give the new Samsung SSD 870 QVO drives an edge over the older SATA drives. The combination of slightly higher bandwidth and average latency push them into the lead.

Samsung SSD 870 QVO Review Summary And Verdict

The Samsung SSD 870 QVO series of solid state drives will be available starting today at select retailers and at Samsung.com. Prices for the drives starts at $129.99 for the 1TB model, $249.99 for the 2TB and $499.99 for the 4TB drive. The 870 QVO 8TB model will be available in August for $899. Those prices put the Samsung SSD 870 QVO series in the $0.11 – $0.13 per gigabyte range, which is on the higher side for a SATA-based solid state drive.


Looking back through the numbers, the Samsung SSD 870 QVO is clearly a strong performer in its class, so a bit of a premium is justified, but there's only so much room for it to differentiate itself from other, high-quality SATA-based drives on the performance front, due to the limitations of the legacy SATA interface. That said, considering how tiny its PCB is inside the drive enclosure, we suspect street prices will trend lower than the MSRP, once volume and availability ramps up. Either way, the Samsung SSD 870 QVO pushes the envelop in terms of capacity and offers competitive performance across the board. If you're in need of a capacious SATA SSD and want something from a highly-regarded brand, filled with some of their latest tech, the Samsung SSD 870 QVO is worthy of your consideration.
  

  • Competitive Performance
  • High Capacities
  • 3 Year Warranty
  • Samsung Has A Strong Track Record
  • Price Premium
  • Hard To Get Excited Over SATA


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