In our previous SSD of the Week we looked at the Samsung portable SSD T1, a small and secure SSD for when you are on the go. This week we look at another one of Samsung’s products, the Samsung 850 EVO. We reviewed this SSD back in December and now it has had a very competitive drop in price to challenge some of the recently released SSDs. Also, it even beats the price points of many lower tiered SSDs, while providing better performance.
The Samsung 850 EVO comes in the 120GB ($77.99), 250GB ($114.99), 500GB ($179.99), and 1TB (399.99) capacities. The 500GB capacity especially is a super value buy now for its price point. The 850 EVO uses a dual-core MGX controller for the 120GB, 250GB, and 500GB capacities and a 3-core MEX controller for their 1TB. Using Samsung’s 32-layer TLC 3D V-NAND, the 850 EVO can reach sequential speeds of up to 540MB/s read and 520MB/s write across all capacities. Read IOPS for 4KB, QD1 performance is rated at 10,000 and write is rated for 40,000 IOPS. 4K queue depth 32 performance is rated for up to 98,000 IOPS read and 90,000 IOPS write. To achieve such numbers The 850 EVO uses Samsung’s TurboWrite technology which takes a small portion of the TLC 3D V-NAND and simulate it as SLC NAND to achieve faster performance.
The 850 EVO has quite a lot of features including AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption which is Windows eDrive compatible. To view the full list as well as see the changes of RAPID Mode from the 850 Pro to the 850 EVO look at the Samsung 850 EVO 120GB/500GB and 1TB reviews, where they won our Gold Seal and Editor’s Choice awards.
The Samsung 850 EVO is a great quality mainstream SSD that was released a few months ago and now it even has competitive prices with entry-level SSDs, what more can you ask for? If you need an SSD now is the time.