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Samsung 830 Series 256GB SATA III SSD Review

Postby Apoptosis » Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:05 am

Samsung 830 Series 256GB SATA III SSD Review

Samsung has joined the ranks of SATA III SSDs with their new 830 Series drives, following up on their impressive 470 Series. They're sleek and black with performance that will grab your attention and a nice bundle to boot. Will it be enought to stave off the likes of SandForce, Marvell and Indilinx? Check out the article to find out.

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As we hinted at in the introduction, Samsung has done a great job in putting together a SATA III SSD that competes strongly with any other SATA based drive on the market today. The specifications of 520MB/s reads and 400MB/s writes were exceeded in some of our tests and while it trails the fastest SandForce drives in the sequential writes on highly compressed data, it's a usage scenario that rarely presents itself in the real world - especially on a consistent basis. So, it can't be held too strongly against them. Conversely, on incompressible data, it does just as well where the SandForce drives tend to nosedive. The Samsung controller is similar to the Marvell and new Indilinx controllers with the use of a cache and consistent performance across data types.


Article Title: Samsung 830 Series 256GB SATA III SSD Review
Article URL: http://legitreviews.com/article/1795/1/
Pricing At Time of Print: Around $400
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Re: Samsung 830 Series 256GB SATA III SSD Review

Postby kriskriskris » Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:10 am

Hey there,

Thanks for the great review!

I'd like to add to the review that although the Samsung 830 is 7mm thick, it comes with a spacer to make it compatible with a 9.5mm slot. So, the remark on page 2
... that may be a problem for some notebook computers that were designed for 9.5mm and no less.

is not quite accurate. (This remark thew me off a bit, until I saw this unboxing video: http://youtu.be/yak95AhHVyY)

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Re: Samsung 830 Series 256GB SATA III SSD Review

Postby FZ1 » Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:15 am

Thanks for pointing that out Kris. When I get home this evening I'll pull out the box to see if maybe I overlooked it. In viewing the video, it's possible it's stuck in the tray packaging. With the packaging and the spacer being black, it's probably easy to overlook. Keep in mind that many times we get pre-release versions of hardware that may or may not come with the same packaging/accessories as the final retail builds although I don't think that is the case here. I'll update what I find.
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Re: Samsung 830 Series 256GB SATA III SSD Review

Postby FZ1 » Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:59 pm

Checked in the box - no spacer. Nor is it listed on the box. If you look closely at the image of the rear of the box in the article, you can see it's not listed. Attached also is a better image I took with my iPhone. So, what I wrote was accurate for the product I was given. :)
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