REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The elephant in the room with the Samsung 840 EVO SSD has been the fact that Samsung hasn’t provided any solid endurance numbers right from the start, given exception to their belief that the EVO will surpass the lifespan of many MLC SSDs. Numerous endurance tests can be found online that demonstrate the EVO reaching more than 100TB written with thousands of hours logged where the SSD is transferring data in the most constant and stressful conditions imaginable.
Need we say more considering the EVO is a consumer SSD that has a 3 years warranty and a large number of additional features. This SSD will provide years of great performance which is more than anyone can imagine from any hard drive. If it helps, consumer SSDs have been available since 2007 and the reality of SSD ‘end life’ is that there still isn’t much known as SSDs are capable of so much more than we give them credit for, and much higher return than manufacturers have ever guessed.
Now, considering what the 840 EVO does have to offer, it provides performance matching that of just about any upper tier SSD and that is before RAPID has been activated. It wouldn’t be fair to rely on the performance of RAPID however, having this performance upgrade available through the simple installation of Samsung Magician and menu activation is truly a sweet benefit. For those purchasing lower capacity versions, performance is also tackled through TurboWrite where ‘everyday data transfer speeds’ are increased by as much as 3x that of the typical low capacity SSD.
Data security is yet another angle that Samsung has tackled and not that of only those that can utilize its TCG/Opal features. The EVO family are self-encrypted SSDs with Class 0 which means a simple password set in the bios automatically renders all data completely secure should the system be lost or stolen. If you are a Windows 8 Professional or higher user, Microsoft eDrive is automatically set with Bitlocker on OS installation enabling Bitlocker encryption without the performance loss seen prior.
Last up to bat is value and availability. There was once a time that we were screaming at Samsung as the 470 Series had such limited availability through both e-tailer and country restrictions but that has changed and today’s Samsung SSDs are available just about everywhere imaginable; this will be no different with the 840 EVO mSATA SSD. The Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD will be available within a few weeks and can be found anywhere that one might find an 840 today, and at prices that are just as comparable. The only hitch we see is availability of the 1TB EVO as many will rush to grab that first release immediately.