REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
Ever since our first discovery of the 470 Series SATA 2 SSD way back in 2010, Samsung has been unstoppable, carving out a new standard with every SSD release. The release of the 850 Pro SSD with 3D V-NAND is a perfect example of just that. Vertical NAND opens up a whole new world when we look at SSD endurance, density battery life for portables, and last but not least, SSD performance. Where we would have thought there was very little room to improve in SATA 3 performance, it seems like the Samsung 850 Pro is just stretching a bit to make space.
Somewhat interesting is the fact that, some time ago, Samsung restructured availability of their NAND flash memory, putting it in the hands of big names such as IBM and EMC², and keeping it out of the hands of their competition. This plays for a very interesting perspective where the game has now changed and Samsung seems to have little or no competition. Understanding that competitors are hard at work fine tuning their own variation of 3D V-NAND, Samsung seems to be alone in the sandbox for the time being. If you thought that Samsung was a big fish before their sales of smartphones alone spanned every second of the day, wait for it because a new door may have just opened for Samsung.
Looking closely at the Samsung 850 Pro, we have a new release SSD that has topped every benchmark conducted, bettering the next best in our Vantage chart by almost 2K points. The performance is just that good. We never figured we would ever hit 163MB/s on low 4K write performance. Compound this with low power specs that translate to longer portable battery life, guaranteed endurance that enables a 10 years warranty, and all that we have left in this equation is the price.
Pre-Orders for the Samsung 850 Pro start this morning and we might see shipping start as soon as 14 Jul 14. MSRP is $129.99 (128GB), $229.99 (256GB), $429.99 (512GB, and $729.99 (1TB) and if you can grab one at that price, do it! Like we have seen so many times before, price-bumping will most likely occur as retail outlets take advantage of short supply/high demand with their initial shipments.
With the 850 Pro comes a new technology that has already been proven, incredible performance, capacity, endurance and a 10 year warranty. When you also include the Samsung Magician, we tap on RAPID, the ability to upgrade firmware and complete a secure erase of the SSD, as well as the ability to set your own custom level of over provisioning. The 850 Pro just may be the most deserving candidate for Editor’s Choice that we have seen to date.