Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSD Review – Performance, Value, Battery Life and Untouchable IOPS

PCMARK VANTAGE X64 HDD SUITE

The SSD Review uses benchmark software called PCMark Vantage x64 HDD Suite to create testing scenarios that might be used in the typical user experience. There are eight tests in all and the tests performed record the speed of data movement in MB/s to which they are then given a numerical score after all of the tests are complete. The simulations are as follows:

  • Windows Defender In Use
  • Streaming Data from storage in games such as Alan Wake which allows for massive worlds and riveting non-stop action
  • Importing digital photos into Windows Photo Gallery
  • Starting the Vista Operating System
  • Home Video editing with Movie Maker which can be very time consuming
  • Media Center which can handle video recording, time shifting and streaming from Windows media center to an extender such as XBox
  • Cataloging a music library
  • Starting applications

SAMSUNG 840 PRO 512GB SSD PCMARK VANTAGE PERFORMANCE

The 840 Pro flew through Vantage HDD Suite testing with a Total Score high of 75589 points which is the highest score recorded to date and beats the next in line by over 2000 points. The high transfer speed recorded was 428MB/s while testing in Windows Media Center and, for the first time, 400MB/s was reached in a high of three different test activities.  In fact, this is also the first time we have ever seen any SSD hit SATA 3 performance in all but one activity.

A quick look at our PCMark Vantage SATA 3 Hierarchy Chart shows the Samsung 840 Pro, not only being on the top of the list but also, it is evident that it just may remain there for awhile.

With a little free space before our Final Analysis, here is another peak at the 840 Pro disassembled.  A quick click on our pictures will show some incredible high res shots:

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the CDM for Pro version looks very VERY promising. especially its 4k read write performance and access time, simply fantastic, great review!. only thing im hoping to see now is Data on drive test and it doesn`t look like SSDreview covers that portion of it as well as HD-Tune. I just wish to see from many aspect of the drive it`ll really help me make decision on purchasing SSDs.

looking forward to this comparing with SLC S301 and OCZ bigfoot, and intel 525.

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sorry forgot to mention another thing, chances are I will not purchase 512gb drive at all, im not so sure about other people but cost is over double of 256gb drive, simply no point. imo with Trim in raid 0, double performance and same storage while at a cheaper value is the way to go.

any chance SSDreview will review 256gb of its drive?

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Need BEST SSD

You are on the case, the 256 drive should have been reviewed since it is the most common purchased due to the price/gb ratio!

Les@TheSSDReview
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Unfortunately, we review what we receive and, considering the very limited availability of samples to reviewers, we were ecstatic to receive this SSD and all that went with it. Stay tuned for the 250GB 840 review in the next day or so.

renosablast
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renosablast

Time to upgrade my 830’s!!

ConceptVBS
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ConceptVBS

Awesome. Just as I expected.

My Samsung 830 have been reliable all this time with no faults or hiccups what so ever.

My laptops battery life increased a dramatic 30 minutes just by installing the 830. Now, I can expect even better results with the 840, of which I’m sure to buy.

djjaeger82
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How does it compare to an OCZ Vertex 4 with FW 1.5? Easy to say its at the top when you’re not comparing it with the latest and greatest from all of the vendors…

Les@TheSSDReview
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Fair game… This SSD was reviewed on release as was the OCZ. We have worked with the OCZ and it is a great drive, one of my favorites in fact. In a review and at the end of the day, all factors need to be examined and not a specific metric don’t you think? We can work on an updated comparison in the near future if you like.

djjaeger82
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Yea I think it’d be interesting to see it head 2 head with the Plextor M5s pro and the OCZ Vertex 4. Also, any news on the OCZ Vector yet? (You seemed to be the first to tip us off about the samsung 840) 🙂

jack
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imo this drive SHOULD be faster than both plextor m3p and m5p, vertex 4 doesnt even come close btw.. that low QD1 read.. OCZ will have to bring out it’s bigfoot drives in the next little while.

good thing about ocz vertex 4 is that its got 5k P/E write cycles i think. I am not so sure about samsung, probably 3k

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Plextor M5P is reported to have a very good effect on battery life and with 19 nm I’d need a comparison before declaring this one the winner

X
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Yeah!!! A MILLION TIMES THIS! Please review those top 3 drives head-to-head, please!

FOREX_TOPGUN
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THIS drive has to be on your list of possibles for SSD needs. now, 3TB and lower cost…. goodbye HDD.