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Samsung 840 Series 250GB SSD Review – The Worlds First TLC SSD Takes Center Stage

If I were to read an SSD review where the author spoke of traveling 6623 miles to personally receive a sample SSD, only to return those 6623 miles, conduct analysis and write a report on that SSD, I’d tell him that he’d lost his marbles.

Having just returned from the Samsung 2012 SSD Summit in Seoul, South Korea, and just completed review of the worlds first TLC based Samsung 840 SSD however, we are saying just that.

To even attempt to constrain this event within a few pages of an SSD report could not be done so let’s suffice to say that this is going to be one tough experience to beat.  From amazing first class Samsung treatment to such things as a visit to the Changdeokgung Palace dating back to 1395, gaming in a ‘Samsung Activated’ Seoul PC Bang, touring the Samsung d’Light Experience in Seoul and being part of the worlds first group to tour the Samsung NAND flash facility, this was one amazing adventure.

We would like to bring you a ton of pictures from the facility, however, photography was strictly forbidden once entering the main gate and each and every camera was subject to having their lenses covered with security stickers or, in the case of larger cameras, their sealing in a special security bag to ensure that absloutely no accidental pictures are grabbed of what is truly Samsung’s own ‘Top Secret’ facility.  These are but a few stock photos provided of the facility.

The sole reason we felt it so important to include these photos in this report is that, if you think about it, this just may be the birthplace of the Samsung SSD. Click on any photograph or chart within our report for ‘high res’ photos.

INTRODUCING THE SAMSUNG 840 SERIES SSD

Although this report will provide analysis and opinion of the Samsung 840 Series consumer SSD, it is just as important to mention our recent review of the Samsung 840 Series Pro enthusiast and it’s analysis result one of the top SSDs we have tested to date when considering all the facets important to SSD success.  It has earned our Editor’s Choice Award and deservedly so.

The first thing that might catch your eye with respect to the regular Samsung 840 SSD might be that it is the first official triple level cell (TLC) SSD to hit the streets but, at the 2012 Samsung SSD Summit, a statement was made that will have other manufacturers paying close attention to the 840.  Samsung believes that this TLC SSD will surpass the life expectancy of most typical MLC SSDs on the market today.

In all fairness, Samsung made it very clear that they had no interest in discussing specific lifespan metrics but to stand by the fact that they were certain it would surpass the total lifespan of many MLC SSDs on the market.  In fact, watch closely in the next month as the Samsung SSD campaign hits high gear and the new 840 makes it’s way to more countries than ever before and just about every e-tailer imaginable.  Here is a look at some of the adverts that may be appearing soon enough:

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+
  • renosablast

    I especially like the image of the SSD standing on end among office buildings.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ting.Fung.Yip Ting Fung Yip

    On page 8 , slight mistake in the title and the chart, we are testing the Samsung 840, not the 830. Awesome review though.

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

      Thanks and that is actually an editorial trick! Now, we are certain that we have at least one reader and the article was a success. Fixed!

      • barry j

        Really liked the review I also have a 128gb 840 pro and a 128gb 830 Samsung drives bought the 840 250gb set as my OS(windows 8) drive to see how it runs so far really impressed in real world use very similar to my 128gb 840pro better than the to crucial M4 128gb and 64gb I decided on smaller drives and I rotate them every few months. They all get a turn at running the OS spreads the writes around all the drives.
        Samsung has good track record with SSDs so figured it was worth a try

  • http://www.facebook.com/travis.glenn Travis Dillard

    WOW that is one nice SSD. SSDs are really starting to improve at an amazing rate.

  • dravo1

    Any thoughts of setting up an 8-drive RAID test on a nice LSI adapter???? I’d love to see how the Pro numbers scale up.

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

      eheheheh I cant answer that one just yet!

  • jack

    need the 840 Pro version for 256gb.. not really that interested in TLC drives. just how many P/E cycles are these drives? the TLC and Pro version?

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

      Thats a Samsung secret at this time.

      • jack

        one of my bud works for a company that does the nand, he told me TLC are only around 1k write cycle. so basically 1/3 of the lower MLC and 1/5 of old MLC drives?

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

        Except….the latest trend now is extending the life of such NAND and we are seeing through many different companies.

  • http://twitter.com/Cape_Dave David Bell

    TLC? Not for me! I wish companies had stuck with SLC because by now it would be cheap! I am considering an 840 PRO 512GB.

  • Eric

    I was hoping the Pro version would be pure SLC.

  • wild

    i think you still dont get the whole notebook reason to test with one.
    also if your going to use a high end desktop atleast do a raid test.
    also a FDE test would be a huge help.
    it really sad how poorly most site do on testing and reviews.
    i do like this site but it allmost like most tech people cant wait to toss any review into there intercooled overclocked jet fueled desktop.
    not exactly real world is it.
    most people who buy a ssd are putting it in a laptop/notebook where this is the only upgrade they get.
    most worry about power use/heat and how secure it will be.
    so testing on a notebook is important and data protection.
    great work buy the way and you were 100% right on with samsung way back.
    you should also review that apple 2012 ssd that listed on the top of passmarks site.

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

      I have tested the 2012 Apple SSD earlier and your pointys are well taken. Pros and Cons with respect to doing the actualy testing in a laptop and the definite cons are the fact that there are so many laptops that vary in hardware and setup. By testing on our main bench, we can achieve ideal performance at ideal conditions which we thnk is a valid trade off.

      As for the notebook, you are absolutely right when speaking of performance which could never be measured, in the way of battery life, on a desktop system. We are looking into being able to verify specified power ratings which might be a happy medium. As far as RAID testing…. we are hoping to get several drives in the near future…

  • wild

    as for all the life talk it silly if you ask me.
    ssd change so fast we are on what gen now.
    i retired two of my asax leopard hunt drives from desktop duty to ps3 duty.
    my point here is we end up buying new tech every 2-3 years or less for some of us and just sell off what we can.
    talking of 10 year life spans is really silly unless it enterprize market and there i am certin size and price along with speed and power use are a huge factor for them when thinking of use.
    i have tested and used many ssd and never seen one fail and that leopard hunt got the bag beat out it with many os changes,betas,hardware,benchs and it not failed.
    i think enviroment would be the one thing i would worry about.
    silicon chips do not like mosture like humid places.
    i dont see any one talking how there old server pc in the basement would not boot up after they were away for a month.
    it be nice if they sealed them and put a mini usb port on them and not charge a extra 50 to 100 bucks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ivan-Ivanov/833598728 Ivan Ivanov

    Innovation bring progress, Samsung is maybe one of the 1st that try their own controller, now their first TLC SSD, i think they are looking into the future not just for customers money!

  • james braselton

    hi there yeah my bacbook air has more flash storage it has a 256 gb ssd so i get 6 gb more copacity and bigger then a 250 gb drive

  • bo1953

    Quick question.. can by just dropping this SSD on a wood floor render it inoperable? I have someone from whom I Am to purchase one of these and now wants to renig by saying it was dropped and no longer works. Is this a dupe because I think he realizes that the price was wrong.. TIA bo1953

  • http://www.facebook.com/gpetrioli Petrioli Gabriele

    I am assuming that on page 3 “System Information provides a good luck at your system hardware”, luck should really read look..
    But luck would be welcome too ..

  • jon

    i could not disagree more. the 840 price is WAY to high. right now
    the 840 sells at the same price as the 830 which is a better drive. how
    can making a TLC drive that performs worse then your last generation MLC
    drive for the same price be a positive? now if they want to sell the
    840 250GB for under $150 then im interested. as of now im either buying
    the 840 pro or the 830. why would anyone buy a 840 until the 830 stock
    is gone?

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

      You may have forgot that an SSD is more than the RAM alone, such as thge new controller.

    • Ed

      why would anyone buy a 840 until the 830 stock
      is gone? Because on the 500gb version, the 840 costs about $200 less than the 830, or am I missing something here?

  • Sai

    I can’t decide. This or the 240Gb SanDisk Extreme for the same price?

  • fix

    i have “external exception E06D7363″ error when trying to clone window 8! how do you fix that? other data migration software?

    • bep

      I have that exact code error window “external exception E06D7363″ in my Samsung 840 pro 128GB. Some help?

    • Guest

      did you get an answer to that problem ?

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