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Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB SSD Review

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:55 am

Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB SSD Review

Samsung has positioned themselves as a power player in the consumer SSD market which really began with their very successful 830 Series drives. Recently they've released two versions of the new 840 Series - one for each the budget and enthusiast demographics. The 840 brings modest performance with outstanding power consumption while the 840 Pro brings top-shelf performance. Will the 840 Pro be able to bring it to edge out the OCZ Vector drive?

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As we outlined previously, the 840 Pro is the enthusiast level drive in the 840 Series line of drives from Samsung with the more vanilla (in name anyway) 840 hitting the more budget oriented demographic. The former is rocking Toggle 2.0 MLC NAND while the latter being the first consumer drive to roll out with the TLC NAND. Each share the same controller but between the NAND and firmware differences, the end performance is quite different. Continuing on with our summation of the overall performance, we can't say enough good things about this drive. Clearly this is one of the fastest consumer SSDs you can buy right now in terms of raw speed with its only real peer being the OCZ Vector drive powered by the Indilinx Barefoot 3 controller. Regardless of the test or benchmark we threw at it, the 840 Pro ended up with the best or second best scores more often than not. Honestly, on the SATA III interface, we probably will not see any drives performing appreciably better...


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Re: Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB SSD Review

Postby Major_A » Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:36 am

Honestly, on the SATA III interface, we probably will not see any drives performing appreciably better.

Good point. When are they rolling out SATA IV? Hopefully they over-build the standard so we don't bottleneck so fast again. In terms of connections the SATA III standard hasn't been out very long and now one SSD is saturating the entire bus.
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Re: Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB SSD Review

Postby FZ1 » Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:57 am

The next generation of SATA controllers is just around the corner (no ETA that I've seen) and a lot of companies are looking at PCIe solutions.
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Re: Samsung 840 Pro Series 512GB SSD Review

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:39 pm

Nothing in the near future... All the Intel Z87 boards that I have seen for this summers launch are using SATA III, so you are talking a year or more. Like Joe said, most companies will be moving to PCIe solutions. ASUS coming out with the RAIDR Express SSD is likely the first of many companies trying to get in on this wave of new storage solutions.

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