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

REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS

To my knowledge, the only other mSATA SSD of a capacity equal to the Samsung PM830 is the Sandisk U100 mSATA SSD which has lower specifications than we find in the PM830.  This places the PM830 at the top of the hill for combined capacity and performance in a mSATA SSD and it is a great move by Samsung as we move into the second wave of ultrabooks which should logically start showing off SATA 3 performance.

The downfall of the PM830 would be that it is not available on the retail side of things and any person wanting one would have to dig hard or buy an entire system equipped with a new PM830.  Apparently, the only place they will be found is within the laptops of companies such as Lenovo, Samsung and Dell, amongst others.  We think that Samsung should find an avenue for purchase by the consumer in some way, shape or form.

With respect to performance, the PM830 pulled off some great benchmarks in PCMark Vantage and this only confirmed similar results shown throughout our testing regimen.  The PM830 fell just below the Runcore T50 but the T50 is not available in this capacity so its like comparing apples and oranges.  Remember now, only two mSATA SSDs have even come close to the 60,000 performance plateau that is standard of ‘new gen’ SATA 3 SSDs today.

 All in all, myself, its just nice to have a 256GB SSD in my Toshiba Z830 and I am anxiously awaiting Samsungs release of the ‘Rev 2’ Series 9 soon enough where I am hoping SATA 3 performance prevails. This SSD couldn’t escape our grips without receiving Editor’s Choice.  After all, it just so happens to be the only one outside of Samsung’s factories… at least for now.

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1806

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.