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.