Model: Samsung SSD 840 Series 250GB Solid State Drive
Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics
Provided By: Samsung America
Samsung Electronics has been a leader in the electronics industry for more than 30 years. Since the introduction of their first television in 1970, this Korean company has grown to become one of the world's leading electronics manufacturers, offering everything from tiny semiconductors to large home appliances. Samsung is no stranger to the storage industry either. Along with an assortment of DVD and Blu-ray Disc drives, the company offers both hard drive and flash based storage solutions for the portable and desktop computer markets
Like many other manufacturers, Samsung has set its sights on the growing solid-state drive (SSD) market. This past fall, the company introduced two new drives, the SSD 840 and SSD 840 Pro. Designed and built completely in-house, these two ultra-slim SSDs are powered by Samsung's own triple-core MDX controller and feature a SATA 6GB/s interface, specially-engineered wear-leveling and garbage collection algorithms and up to 512MB of cache. The main difference between the two is the type of NAND flash used. The SSD 840 is the first SSD on the market to use Samsung's new TLC (triple-level cell) NAND flash. While this high-density NAND is more affordable than the Toggle Mode MLC NAND found in the SSD 840 Pro, there is a bit of a trade off in regards to endurance (program/erase cycles) and performance. Nevertheless, the SSD 840 is still able to deliver up to 540MB/s read and 330MB/s write speeds as well as a maximum of 70,000 4KB random write IOPS.
For this review, Samsung sent us the 250GB version of the SSD 840. This drive comes equipped with 512MB of on-board cache and is capable of delivering up to 540MB/s sequential read and 250MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 96,000 random read and 62,000 random write IOPS.
|Samsung SSD 840 Series 250GB Solid State Drive|
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Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the SSD 840 has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Samsung's new SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the SSD 840 have what it takes? Can it deliver the performance and features that we've come to expect from Samsung? Keep reading as we find out.