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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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About Les Tokar

is a technology nut and Founder of The SSD Review. His early work includes the first consumer SSD review along with MS Vista, Win 7 and SSD Optimization Guides. Les is fortunate to, not only evaluate and provide opinion on consumer and enterprise solid state storage but also, travel the world in search of new technologies and great friendships. Google+
  • jack jack

    Hi Les, just curious – in terms of real world performance – would you go for a SanDisk extreme 2 or a Samsung Evo 250gb? These are the 2 i’m looking at. Based on the specs the Evo wins hands down but is this the case for real world performance? Is everything “lightning fast” in loading and booting?

    • http://www.thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      I might go with the Samsung myself.

  • How_delightful

    Am pleased to hear this; because I have just finished building my i7 4770 Sabertooth Z87 PC and This SSD running Test Windows 8.1 and the Samsung Magician software told me the SSD RAPID MODE is not supported, which seemed odd as this is the Samsung software for the SSD.
    Patience is a virtue which brings rewards.
    I hope 20% of 128 GB is enough Over-provisioning.

  • Michael

    Les, I’ve noticed a lack of reporting on any “real world” experiences with RAPID mode turned on. Benchmarks seem amazing with RAPID, but can any of that be felt in real world use? Or does the feature blur the line even further between what’s seen on benchmarks and what’s experienced? Ie. making something really fast, faster, will still be really fast.

  • Adam

    Hey Les, I’m looking to build a RAID 0 out of 2 drives to write WAV files to via a DAW such as Pro Tools, Ableton, etc. Would you recommend the 840 Pro or 840 Evo for such a setup? Thanks.

    • http://thessdreview.com Les@TheSSDReview

      Definitely 840 Pro my friend.

      • Sai

        Now that the 840 Pro has RAPID too, there’s no reason not to get it.

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