Samsung 840 EVO SSD Review – Samsung Caches In On Value and Performance

REPORT SUMMARY AND FINAL THOUGHTS

The Samsung 840 EVO SSD is not meant to replace the 840 Pro and will not be doing so any time soon.  The 840 Pro is intended for the high end enthusiast, and even small business, and the memory in the 840 Pro will serve a multitude of advanced applications, whereas the 840 EVO would not. We need to remember this when speaking of the 840 EVO and keep in perspective that this is a 3-Bit MLC SSD (Samsung lingo)  TLC SSD (our lingo) intended for the typical consumer.  Even more importantly, Samsung hopes that the 840 EVO will play a significant role in future consumer SSD migration and Samsung’s efforts will be directed through communication, education and engagement.

Looking back, we can’t help but think they are definitely on the right track.  The Samsung 840 EVO SSD has out-of-the-box performance not seen before this release and it’s performance, specifically with the low capacity 120 and 250GB versions, is absolutely amazing.  As similar as TurboWrite seems to SanDisk’s nCache, it provides an immediate and observable performance upgrade which can be documented and is reflected in product specs.  To enhance this, capacities jump all the way to 750GB and 1TB and MSRP of the 1TB capacity seems to fall in line with where the Crucial M500 started.  MSRP of the 750GB places it where typical pricing of high end SSDs was not so long ago. All capacities above 500GB come in at less than .73/GB with the 1TB version hitting .63/GB.  It’s not so long ago that people were vying for that $1/GB price point.

Samsung EVO 840 1TB SSD Serial Number

Samsung wants ‘SSDs for everyone’.  As much as I am not really enthused by this logo, it rings with simplicity and Samsung has ensured that consumer SSD migration is just that.  Right from the start, the One-Stop Install Navigator walks you through a very simple process and all of the accessories and software are right there to help you along.  We completed a migration and found the process to be easy and enjoyable.  Certainly, Samsung has the reigns when it comes to the most user-friendly transition from HDD to SSD at this point.

And then we have Samsung RAPID Mode which has former NVELO fingerprints all over it.  RAPID mode gives us a RAM cache from the moment we turn on the PC and we don’t lose it at the end of the day.  There is no necessity to fine tune or ‘tweak’ its performance and activating it is no more than a menu click.  For that click, you get an instant ‘PC adrenaline shot’ above 1GB/s transfer speeds, well over 130K IOPS and low 4K performance that hasn’t been seen prior.  Do we recommend RAPID?  Once testing was completed, I couldn’t get the Samsung EVO installed on my main system, with RAPID activated, fast enough.  I am writing this report on the same system right now as I wanted to see if this PCMark Vantage result would show itself in real life use:

RAPID Samsung 840 EVO 1TB SSD PCMark Vantage

In time, I might be able to provide a better indication of whether RAPID is all that it is cracked up to be but for now, the Samsung 840 EVO has so much going for it that one can’t help but overlook features.  To some, the fact that the Samsung Magician enables manual over provisioning, and especially a quick, easy and safe Secure Erase, will make the sale.  To others, it may be value, capacity, Samsung reputation or even the fact that the Migration software actually suggests safe data to move to a secondary drive.  This is definitely the most complete package released to date yet.

Samsung EVO 840 1TB SSD Standing 2

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super fast review – love ie

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Great review Les. This drive is probably the most exciting development in the consumer SSD space to date. We can’t wait to get our hands on these down under in Australia.

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Seems like a great SATA3 drive. However, I can’t help but feel like it’s a “bridge” drive. I mean, NGFF m.2 drives with direct PCIe connection are starting to appear, and they should have over 1GB/s read/write without any RAPID technology involved. This drive is for current systems that use a SATA port (99.999% of the market), but direct PCIe connection is the better way to go.

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Wow….this could be a long response. You are absolutely right when you say that PCIe will be the future. It will take a few years, if not longer to completely implement, however, and manufacturers have already stated that it will have OEM, and not, retail availability initially. This makes great sense as there just isn’t the need for PCIe just yet. Samsung is striking at the present and want to get those that are yet to migrate, which is the majority of the population. The biggest obstacle with SSD transition has always been lack of knowledge and then fear of… Read more »

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Agreed. However, for those of us regularly visiting this site, I think we are mostly looking for the latest and the greatest, which the EVO certainly represents, except for the SATA III bottleneck. Just like with 4G LTE data speeds being discussed in terms of “fast enough for most people”, and the same being the case as far as prowess of CPUs are concerned, we still want PCIe now instead of later. Mid-2013 MacBook Air owners are already there with Samsung again leading the way. Of course, there is also the issue of where would we plug in a PCIe… Read more »

Les@TheSSDReview
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There will be no 840 Evo Pro, but rather a future release of Samsung Magician with RAPID for the present Samsung Pro. Samsung is very happy with where they are at with the 840 Pro.

iCrunch
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iCrunch

OK, so the 840 EVO replaces the 840 and then there’s the 840 Pro that remains, is that about right? Thanks so much for quick responses, Les. I need to choose a new SSD to buy either today or tomorrow, so I guess I can still buy the 840 Pro and get (most? all?) of the benefits of the EVO just with a software update?

Thanks again, you rule! (but you knew that… ;-P)

Patosan
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Patosan

Will the Samsung Magician update for the 840 Pro ALSO help the 840 ?

Les@TheSSDReview
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You will have to clarify this a bit more.

Kevin
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Kevin

Great and timely coverage. Thanks!

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dravo1

Am I the only one who believes that all SSDs (enterprise, prosumer and consumer) should have the supercaps installed?? The threat of data loss caused by a power interruption is rather nasty regardless of the users classification. I had hoped the EVOs would address this once and for all. With onboard memory caches getting larger and larger the potential for substantial data loss/corruption grows as well. It’s time for vendors to stop using supercaps as a marketing gimmick.