REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The Samsung 850 EVO 4TB delivered impressive benchmarks that were in line with that of the other capacities under it. It was able to deliver reads and writes up to 556MB/s and 536MB/s read and write. It reached 95K IOPS read in AS SSD and 89K IOPS write in Anvil Storage Utilities. 4K speeds were very good on top of that, reaching 45MB/s read and 160MB/s write.
After our load of synthetic tests, we put the Samsung 850 EVO through its paces in PCMark Vantage and PCMark 8 where it did well. In Vantage it hit a very impressive score of 93K points and in PCMark 8 it delivered very competitive results. It even out shined the 2TB 850 Pro model during both the heavy workload and light workload phases.
Finally, we threw some real world testing at the SSD to see how it could handle it as well as reveal its power consumption characteristics. During the 30GB write transfer it averaged 549MB/s, which placed it as one of the top drives in our test. Thanks to that score and the latest 48-layer V-NAND it was also the 3rd most efficient drive we have tested to date. However, there is an Achilles heel and it shows during idle. When not in use the 4TB Samsung 850 EVO guzzles down power at magnitudes greater rates than its bothers. This makes it a bit less appealing to those wanting to use this SSD in a mobile system, but doesn’t matter much for those who will be utilizing it in a desktop or workstation.
The Samsung 850 EVO line of SSDs have proven to be very fast, reliable, and quite popular over the past two years. With three different form factors, many firsts in their delivering consumers high capacity 3D NAND products, and now a new milestone under their belt with the deliverance of a 4TB SSD for the masses, Samsung continues to prove that they are quite the innovator. We are very pleased to see this 4TB model come to light. With the enthusiasts in uproar over wanting larger capacities over the years and many commenting on 2TB not being enough, maybe now some will finally be satisfied because it sure doesn’t disappoint us.
However, like many good things in life, there are tradeoffs. With twice the capacity of the 2TB model, the 4TB model carries a slight, but fair, luxury tax…which is warranted considering it is currently the only consumer SSD on the market at this capacity point. Just realize, this SSD is not for the faint of wallet. If you are in the market for a high capacity SSD and price is irrelevant to you, the Samsung 850 EVO in the 4TB flavor is a great choice. It delivers great performance and carries with it a great feature set along with a 5-year warranty. All this ties together to earn it our Editor’s Award once again!