Samsung 830 256GB SATA 3 SSD Review – Make Way For Incredible Performance & Lower Prices


It can be a bit difficult providing a final analysis with so many questions unanswered but these are the woes of pre-production SSD testing.  As the PM830 was rushed to us void of any packaging, set prices, and utility software such as the newly updated Samsung SSD Magician, a portion of our final analysis will be no more than an educated guess for now.  From a personal viewpoint, I was very curious to try the software utility that allows me to control the amount of over provisioning I want to utilize in the SSD. A great deal can be said from what we have seen, however.

The Samsung PM830 has a very attractive appearance and, being 6-7mm thick, will do very well for upcoming tablet and ultra book releases which are soon to be ‘all the rage’. The upcoming release of the  Acer 3951 (13mm thick) is an ideal candidate for a 512GB SSD.

The PM830 is 100% Samsung which allows them a great deal of flexibility with respect to pricing, especially with the inclusion of their 2xnm TOGGLE mode NAND flash memory.

Word in technology circles for some time, with respect to this NAND, has been that it has the ability to affect prices and performance in just about every electronic device that uses flash, be it flash cards, cell phones, MP3 players, cameras or solid state drives.

blankWhen examining performance, the Samsung PM830 is a solid entry into the SATA 3 arena and it easily prevailed over all other 2.5″ SSDs we have tested to date in high sequential testing with incompressible data.

This may just make the PM830  a very attractive choice for those that work extensively in things such as video editing & film composition, music as well as photography.

And then there is Samsung’s stellar reputation.  Two companies will succeed in the SSD world on reputation alone and these are Samsung and Intel.  Their reputation garnishes them a great enterprise sales base and, at least for Samsung, their entry into consumer sales is simply icing on the cake.  After all, it wasn’t so long ago that the SSD consumer was desperately trying to get their hands on the Samsung 470 Series SSD.

blankAt the end of the day, we are certain this SSD will be a hot commodity, given all of the support it has behind it to include performance, availability, price, capacity, company reputation as well as Samsung’s consumer following.

After all, I am sure that I am not the only one with several Samsung devices in my household.

Its really not a hard stretch to see Samsung’s new 512GB PM830 going for just slightly more than what we have seen in several premium 240GB SATA 3 SSD prices in recent months.  Time will tell!



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    So when it comes to firmware do you know or has Samsung said anything about ease of updating it? Like if I have AHCI enabled on the BIOS and the Samsung SSD is within the notebook will I have to take it OUT and connect it to another computer that isn’t AHCI enabled to update it?

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    It’s not an everyday occurrence (in the past anyway) where I can boast the company that makes the SSD for my workstations also makes the machine that washes my clothes and cleans my dishes

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    can one of these Samsung 830 series 256 GB drives, stripped of its case, work as a replacement drive for a Toshiba Portege R830/835 Ultrabook (like the one that you tote around)?

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      You can use it with the case .. I dont think you need to remove the casing. .these things are small enough.. the pictures really dont show their tiny size

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    My Samsung 830 SSD 256 Gb is working relatively slow. Sequential speed result usin CrystalDisk show 218 Mb/s read, 196 Mb/s write and other parameters are also 2 times slower.
    What reason could it be?

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    Is it possible to use this ssd in express card slot?

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