The 840 EVO might not be the latest drive in Samsung’s arsenal, but it has been a really interesting one given that this drive is over a year old and Samsung have even released the 850 Pro since. With £/GB prices constantly dropping, the Samsung 840 EVO 1TB drive should be the perfect all-round solution on paper, but does it work out like that in the real world?
If I had to sum the performance up in a short sentence, it would go something like this; The Samsung 840 EVO 1TB is a fantastic drive. Well, that sound simple enough but there are a few things that need to be noted here and should explain what I am saying. First of all the sequential read/write speeds are pretty much where the SATA 6GB/s bus is capable of in terms of read world single drive performance. Secondly Samsung RAPID is available with the EVO drive which effectively uses DRAM to cache allowing for burst speed like performance which looks great on paper but in terms of real-world usage yields little benefits. It is still a nice feature to have but RAPID is only available when not using RAID; pretty much gives RAID0 speeds without the need to risk losing data.
The design is pretty much what you would expect from a Samsung drive; nice finish, sleek and of course stylish. Aside from looking identical to pretty much every 840/850 drive, Samsung have kept it clean and have finished the drive off with a metal shell; with a nice gunmetal grey finish. Without going out too much on a limb, this is one of the nicest looking drives on the market and if you are into case modding, this is certainly the type of SSD you would have no problems showing off to the world.
Now as you probably know, SSD’s are at an all-time low in terms of pricing and the Samsung 840 EVO 1TB is no different. Coming in at just under £290 that essentially works out at around £0.29 per GB which is simply phenomenal given the amount of performance this drive offers too. The only thing that would potentially make this better would, of course, be a longer warranty; the 840 EVO only comes with 3 years which is in comparison to SanDisk who, of course, provide 10 years. Even the 250GB 840 EVO has a £0.34 per GB ratio which still represents good value for money; obviously not as much as the 1TB SSD though, albeit an expensive purchase overall. Mechanical HDD’s still offer the best value but at the hit of performance and as I have always said, once you go SSD, you never go back!
Overall the Samsung 840 EVO 1TB SSD delivers a high-performance drive for a pretty reasonable price in the grand scheme of things and if 1TB is the right amount of storage for you, then of course the Samsung 840 EVO is surely going to be at the top of your list regardless of what I tell you. Combining sleek aesthetics with good solid read/write speed performance and of course, let’s not forget about the IOPS. I can’t only help but feel that prices will eventually hit a bottom pan before companies start using “cheaper” parts but let’s hope that they continue to dominate; a good example of this is of course the Samsung 840 EVO 1TB SSD.
Thanks to Samsung for the EVO 1GTB sample, I look forward to seeing what’s in store in the not too distant future.
– Great performance
– One of the best £/GB of any SSD on the market
– Robust “metal” casing
– 3 year warranty not as much as some brands are offering
– 1TB SSD is still much more expensive compared to mechanical drives
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