What’s the main draw to a solid state drive? For the most part it’s the speed that it provides over their Hard disk counterparts. When you are shopping for a solid state though, it’s not the speed you have in mind. Mostly people just look for whatever has the lowest drawbacks. How much can it hold, how well it can handle itself, and just how much it’s going to gouge your wallet. So how does the new Solid state drive, the Samsung 840 Evo, measure up to the competitors? Let’s find out.
Let’s start with the capacity. Most solid states have a much lower capacity than their hard disk counterparts. The same can’t be said for the Samsung 840 Evo, which offers up to 1 terabyte of storage on an solid state. Yes you heard right, 1 TB storage on a solid state. The first of it’s kind to reach that kind of capacity that for a long time has been the province of hard disk drives. For the people that believe that they won’t be able to fully use the whole terabyte capacity on the Samsung 840 Evo, there are other, cheaper, versions with less capacity. The other models come in the flavors of a 750 GB model, a 500 GB model, a 250 GB model and finally the much smaller 120 GB model. These offer the more traditional storage space we come to expect from a solid state. Even though the 1 terabyte model would blow these out of the water, it’s good to know that we can choose just how much we are going to get out of a Samsung 840 Evo. So now that we know just what we are going to get out of our shiny new SSD, just how well is it going to work?
One thing I can say for sure, the Samsung 840 Evo is fast. the SSD keeps pace with the original Samsung 840 series, and includes the toggle controls for the overprovisioning system. This is the system that lets you prioritize speed over capacity and vice versa. What really sets the Evo apart is all the other tricks that come out. The Samsung 840 Evo has a new mode called Rapid Mode. With this the Evo uses some of the computer’s own RAM to boost the speed even further. This catapults it past the other SSDs in the 840 series straight to the top position in term’s of performance. To further solidify it’s lead, the Evo has an improved MEX controller based on the MDX controller found in the Samsung 840 Pro. This new controller boasts faster Toggle DDR 2.0 NAND memory as well as better firmware to cement it at the top of the pack. The Samsung 840 Evo also contains a new feature called TurbroWrite Technology. This feature converts part of the drive to a buffer role when writing data. Which means that data will be written on the buffer first, then carried over to the main drive when it is idle. All of this available just on the drive, for a small price hike it even comes with a desktop kit to make setting up the SSD much less painful than it would be normally. Also, the Evo’s bundled software that really makes it really fast only works on Windows OS sadly. Other OS will have to be content with a SSD with a huge capacity. So the Samsung 840 Evo has a massive storage space and can hold it’s own on the performance front. So how much is this dream package going to cost?
Oddly enough, not as much as you would think. The 1 TB model costs only $650 and the rest of the models, the 750 GB, 500 GB, 250 GB, and 120 GB, only cost $530, $370, $190, and $110, respectively. That means at the highest end, people will be paying 65 cents per GB of memory. That is ridiculously cheap in comparison to the other solid state drives on the market. The cheapest of which in comparison are the other SSDs in the Samsung 840 Evo line. The first outside of the series is the Seagate 600, which costs 85 cents per GB. That is a full 20 cents more expensive than the 1 TB option of the Samsung 840 Evo series!
So the Samsung 840 Evo gets high marks on everything. From capacity to performance and all the way to price, the Evo is just such a good choice. Beating out the competition in more than one way, right now the Samsung 840 Evo is one of the best choices for a solid state drive. How could it not be, when the closest thing the 1 TB capacity SSD has in competition is the other models in the 840 Evo series?