Model: Samsung SSD 850 EVO mSATA 120GB 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. Last fall, the company launched its first 3-bit 3D V-NAND based SSD, the 850 EVO. Optimized for everyday computing, the 850 EVO was powered by one of two different controllers. While the 1TB drive was equipped with the same MEX controller found in the 840 EVO and 850 PRO, lower capacity versions got Samsung's new MGX controller. To compensate for the slow write speeds typically associated with 3-bit (TLC) NAND, the 850 EVO used Samsung's TurboWrite write acceleration technology, which created a high-performance write buffer in the SSD. The result is a reasonably priced, consumer-oriented drive that delivers performance much like that of its higher-end sibling, the 850 PRO.
Samsung has now launched the 850 EVO mSATA. Designed for ultra-thin laptop PCs, this new addition to the 850 EVO family sports a compact mSATA form factor which is approximately a quarter the size of a 2.5-inch SSD. The 850 EVO mSATA is powered by the same two controllers found in the 850 EVO and is available with up to 1TB of Samsung's 3-bit 3D V-NAND flash memory. The drive also shares many of the same features as its full size counterpart. Along with Turbo Write, it supports Device Sleep (DEVSLP) for lower power consumption and self-encrypting drive (SED) technology that is TCG Opal 2.0 and IEEE-1667 compliant. Moreover, the 850 EVO mSATA supports Samsung's RAPID (Real-time Accelerated Processing of I/O Data) technology. By using free PC memory as a cache, RAPID can push the performance of the SSD beyond the limits of the current SATA specification.
The 850 EVO mSATA is available in a wide range of capacities from 120GB up to a massive 1TB. For this review, Samsung sent us the 120GB version of the drive which comes equipped with their MGX controller and is capable of delivering up to 540 MB/s sequential read and 520 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 95,000 random read and 88,000 random write IOPS.
|Samsung SSD 850 EVO mSATA 120GB Solid State Drive|
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Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the 850 EVO mSATA has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Samsung's new mSATA SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the 850 EVO mSATA 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.