Samsung recently released their latest foray into the SSD and storage market; the Samsung 850 PRO series. With that came a host of new technology including 3D V-NAND, an enhanced RAPID mode (effectively DRAM caching) which made not only consumers step up and bob their heads like Meer cats; competing companies did the same. Samsung however isn’t just known for their storage products but also make memory chips for various purposes; motherboards, graphics cards and even do their own range of memory too. Even after selling their mechanical HDD business to Seagate Technology in the later stages of 2011, their SSD products are pushing the boundaries of enterprise level technology into making a difference to consumers; without the enterprise pricing of course!
So what have Samsung got for us today? Well today is the launch of their latest SSD which is coincidently another from the 850 series, the Samsung 850 EVO which comes in 120/250/500GB and 1TB; pretty much the full spectrum of SSD sizes which are popular with consumers. On the back end of the 850 PRO review which had incredible performance, the EVO like the previous 840 EVO has a couple of minor adjustments which allows Samsung to price this lower; the PRO being their top end model and the EVO of course bridging the gap between the top end and of course the lower end.
Specifically today, I will be taking a look at the Samsung 850 EVO 250GB drive which is the sweet spot in my opinion for an operating system with enough room for programmes/applications as well as a couple of games. The 850 EVO features Samsung’s 32 layer 3D V-NAND memory over an SATA 6GB/s interface; this is backwards compatible with SATA2 at the cost of performance. Unlike the 850 PRO, the EVO only has 5 years warranty as opposed to 10 years but is that going to make a difference in the conclusion? Let’s find out, starting with the specifications…