Samsung PM830 SATA 3 256GB mSATA SSD Review – Ultrabooks To Gain Capacity and SATA 3 Speed

SAMSUNG PM830 6Gbps 256GB SSD COMPONENTS

News of the day for the PM830 is that it is equipped with four modules of Samsung’s own mlc 20nm-class Toggle DDR NAND flash memory ( K9UHGY8UCB-HCKO)  with each module being a massive 64GB in size.  Up until today, that was unheard of. This results in a total RAW capacity of 256GB, however, formatting reduces available user capacity to 238GB.

The heart of this SSD is Samsung’s own S4LJ204X01-Y040 3-core ARM controller which sits just above Samsungs 256MB DDR2 SDRAM cache memory (K4T2G3140F-MCF7).  The PM830 has AES 256-bit encryption and a write endurance of up to 625TBW for our 256GB sample. Power specifications for the PM830 are Idle – 27mA/0.087W and 911mA/3.007W.

CRYSTAL DISK INFO V. 4.14

Crystal Disk Info provides some excellent information about the SSD itself to include its health, product information, power on information as well as the characteristics of the SSD. We can see that the SSD is capable of TRIM as it is not greyed out as with AAM and APM

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we all waited test PM830 256GB SSD in Toshiba Z830 ultrabook…
why you test ultrabook SSD in desktop?!

Les@TheSSDReview
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As stated in the article, we could not get the SSD to run at SATA 3 speeds in the Z830 as we did with the T50 in its review. We are hoping to have an ultrabook in the office very soon that will enable SATA 3 testing and this review will be accordingly updated.

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OK, thanks.

Ron
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Ron

Is the pm830 at least as fast as the OEM SSD in the Z830?

Les@TheSSDReview
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Much more so… I will try to dig them up after CEBit!

aus_k
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aus_k

I hope that you’ll keep pestering Samsung to make this drive available through retail channels, I’m waiting to buy one for my late 2011 hp Envy 17 3D.

Les
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Les

Thanks for commenting on this as you are not alone and Samsung takes a close look at all product reviews and comments such as yours.

erm
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erm

the arrow in the pcmark vantage results chart is pointing to ‘pm800 msata’. should it be pointing to the ‘pm830 256gb’ result higher up, or is that a typo?

Les@TheSSDReview
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Negative, that is the correct position, however, the model should be 830 and will be amended Tx!

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Machupo

I would love to be able to buy this in the retail channel as I’m building a “small as possible” top end gaming rig — this would make a great drive to run everything off of. The Runcore 120GB just isn’t quite big enough to get everything I need on it. Guess we’ll have to see where the price point lands for this drive, but I really hope that Samsung gets it into the retail network!

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Bob Pierre-Paul

Great article on the state of the [samsung] art. Do you know what processors are slated for “Rev B” Series 9? I’ve been patiently waiting for the next version of their S9. Cheers.