REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The Samsung PM841 512GB SSD reigns as the largest capacity mSATA SSD available (or not available) to date. Where Crucial has relied on over provisioning of their recently released M500 480GB version, Samsung is comfortable with the higher capacity and the benefit of capacity goes to the end user.
The downfall of the Samsung PM841 is that it is not available as a consumer retail item, unlike the remainder of the 840 family. This is disappointing because healthy competition would be great with this form factor and capacity. Looking at Amazon at the time of this report, the Samsung PM841 mSATA SSD is now available in 128, 256 and 512GB capacities for $129, $249 and $449 which is under $1/GB for the two higher capacities.
Performance for the PM841 stands on its own, literally speaking, as we haven’t another similar capacity mSATA SSD yet that doesn’t use compression in it’s storage like the Mushkin 480GB Atlas mSATA SSD. Performance (and size) between the two is incomparable as they both have superior qualities, the PM841 definitely standing out with its high IOPS of over 90,000 and the fact that it is a thinner form factor with single PCB. The ‘Achilles Heal’ of the PM841 has to be the fact that a typical Samsung warranty would be impossible to find, as with the remainder of the 840 Pro family.
Samsung needs to market the PM841 mSATA SSD as a member of the 840 Pro family. If this were the case, we would have no hestitation whatsoever in awarding it with the Editor’s Choice because this would address availability concerns in the future. Utilizing their 21nm memory in a 128GB module capacity is a first though and moves us one step forward in SSD technology. For this, we are awarding the PM841 our Innovation Award.
For those needing the Samsung PM841 mSATA SSD now, check our link Amazon link below as we should see availability shortly!
Once again, kudos go out to Josh Tacey and the MYTHLOGIC team for their making this report possible!