REPORT SUMMARY AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The Samsung 840 EVO SSD is not meant to replace the 840 Pro and will not be doing so any time soon. The 840 Pro is intended for the high end enthusiast, and even small business, and the memory in the 840 Pro will serve a multitude of advanced applications, whereas the 840 EVO would not. We need to remember this when speaking of the 840 EVO and keep in perspective that this is a 3-Bit MLC SSD (Samsung lingo) TLC SSD (our lingo) intended for the typical consumer. Even more importantly, Samsung hopes that the 840 EVO will play a significant role in future consumer SSD migration and Samsung’s efforts will be directed through communication, education and engagement.
Looking back, we can’t help but think they are definitely on the right track. The Samsung 840 EVO SSD has out-of-the-box performance not seen before this release and it’s performance, specifically with the low capacity 120 and 250GB versions, is absolutely amazing. As similar as TurboWrite seems to SanDisk’s nCache, it provides an immediate and observable performance upgrade which can be documented and is reflected in product specs. To enhance this, capacities jump all the way to 750GB and 1TB and MSRP of the 1TB capacity seems to fall in line with where the Crucial M500 started. MSRP of the 750GB places it where typical pricing of high end SSDs was not so long ago. All capacities above 500GB come in at less than .73/GB with the 1TB version hitting .63/GB. It’s not so long ago that people were vying for that $1/GB price point.
Samsung wants ‘SSDs for everyone’. As much as I am not really enthused by this logo, it rings with simplicity and Samsung has ensured that consumer SSD migration is just that. Right from the start, the One-Stop Install Navigator walks you through a very simple process and all of the accessories and software are right there to help you along. We completed a migration and found the process to be easy and enjoyable. Certainly, Samsung has the reigns when it comes to the most user-friendly transition from HDD to SSD at this point.
And then we have Samsung RAPID Mode which has former NVELO fingerprints all over it. RAPID mode gives us a RAM cache from the moment we turn on the PC and we don’t lose it at the end of the day. There is no necessity to fine tune or ‘tweak’ its performance and activating it is no more than a menu click. For that click, you get an instant ‘PC adrenaline shot’ above 1GB/s transfer speeds, well over 130K IOPS and low 4K performance that hasn’t been seen prior. Do we recommend RAPID? Once testing was completed, I couldn’t get the Samsung EVO installed on my main system, with RAPID activated, fast enough. I am writing this report on the same system right now as I wanted to see if this PCMark Vantage result would show itself in real life use:
In time, I might be able to provide a better indication of whether RAPID is all that it is cracked up to be but for now, the Samsung 840 EVO has so much going for it that one can’t help but overlook features. To some, the fact that the Samsung Magician enables manual over provisioning, and especially a quick, easy and safe Secure Erase, will make the sale. To others, it may be value, capacity, Samsung reputation or even the fact that the Migration software actually suggests safe data to move to a secondary drive. This is definitely the most complete package released to date yet.