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

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The chart below displays all the SSDs we have tested to date that have exceeded the 70,000 point mark while testing with a standard PC.  Logically, any user should be able to attain these same marks with the same system make-up and following our Test Protocol.  It is important to remember that this chart is based SOLELY on PCMark Vantage results and other benchmarks have not been included in the result.

Samsung 840 EVO SSD Vantage Chart

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The Samsung logo for the EVO 840 SSD is very simple, “SSDs For Everyone”.  With the EVO 840, they intend on making unprecedented progress in moving the consumer from the hard drive to the SSD.  The have done this through a very easy to follow instruction package that contains two very important software programs, the Samsung Data Migration Tool and the Samsung Magician.

The Samsung Data Migration Tool enables the user, through simple plugging in of the SATA to USB connector, to simply hook the new SSD to their current system and transfer the hard drive intact.  All that is necessary next is to switch the hard drive with the SSD and reboot.  Samsung even includes generic instructions how to do this.  Should the SSD capacity be smaller than the data on the drive being replaced, the cloning utility will then recommend files to move to a secondary drive and assist in getting this done as well.  Media files are a typical example of this.

SAMSUNG MAGICIAN

We wanted to pay close attention to the Samsung Magician as this toolkit is not only leaps and bounds above the rest, but also, Samsung has made huge strides in its progress as we will demonstrate shortly.

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Samsung MagicianSamsung Magician OS PerformanceThe front page of the Samsung Magician is self explanatory and this is our main PC after the 840 EVO has been put in as the main drive.  The shot on the right depicts the Performance Benchmark which has measured our system with RAPID Mode activated.  Yes…those results are for real.

In addition, Samsung also offers Performance Optimization where one can manually TRIM their SSD if their OS doesn’t provide for such, Firmware Update, OS Optimization, Manual Over Provisioning, a quick and easy Secure Erase and the ability to enable or disable Samsung RAPID Technology.  These following screens reflect the OS Optimization and Secure Erase Features:

Samsung Magician OS OptimizationSamsung Magician Secure EraseSamsung has gone to great lengths to make Samsung Magician complete.  At the time of this report, we are using Ver. 4.2 which includes the new RAPID Technology feature, where the included version was 4.1.  This is still a BETA release but should be available for download shortly after product release.

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super fast review – love ie

Rod Bland
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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.

Eric
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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.