Our sample Samsung 840 SSD was 250GB and Samsung raves that it is perhaps the only completely proprietary SSD on the market where all of the units components are manufactured by Samsung. It contains the new Samsung 3-core eight channel MDX controller (300MHz).
Just above the controller is Samsung’s 512MB DRAM cache memory with eight modules of Samsung’s new 21nm TLC DDR-2 toggle mode NAND (400Mbps), each with a capacity of 32GB. Final formatted capacity for the 250GB version of the 840 is 233GB of available user space. The other side of the PCB does not contain any components.
To add to it’s list of features, the 840 has full TRIM support, garbage collection, S.M.A.R.T., AES 256-Bit Full Disk Encryption, an operating temperature of -55 to 90DegC and can risk shock up to 1500G’
SAMSUNG SSD MAGICIAN
Although we had a fairly decent look at Ver. 4 beta version of the Samsung Magician at the Samsung 2012 SSD Summit, a current version (3.2) was found on the DVD and is still the most encompassing SSD tool package found anywhere.
From there, Performance Optimization fine tunes your SSD and, once complete, will run right into a new benchmark test. OS Optimization provides some useful SSD optimization tips and can be set to occur automatically or manually. Such things as shutting down Superfetch, Defragmentation Schedule, ReadyBoost and Indexing are great support for our SSD Optimization Guide that has long been the most popular SSD optimization resource on the internet for years now.
F/W Update will automatically check and install any needed updates and, for those who need the added security performance boost over time, Secure Erase can be utilized to return your SSD to it’s factory fresh state. I will concede that I am not a lover of Secure Erase as there have simply been to many SSD deaths in past history for too little performance gain. We did do a Secure Erase of this new drive and all went well.
Something Samsung alone has enabled for consumers is the ability to manually configure their own over provisioning for their needs. This is all topped off with Disk Cloning and complimentary software downloadable right from the Samsung SSD Magician such as Norrton Ghost.