Model: Samsung 860 QVO 1TB 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.

The latest addition to Samsung's already impressive line of solid state drives is the 860 QVO (Quality and Value Optimized). This new consumer-oriented drive is powered by Samsung's proven MJX controller and is available with up to 4TB of their latest 4-bit MLC V-NAND flash. To compensate for the slow write speeds typically associated with 4-bit (QLC) NAND, the 860 QVO is equipped with Samsung's Intelligent TurboWrite technology, which uses a large SLC buffer to accelerate sequential write speeds. The drive also features an AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption engine and is compliant with various advanced security management solutions such as TCG Opal 2.0 and Encrypted Drive (IEEE-1667).

The 860 QVO is available in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities. For this review, Samsung sent us the 1TB version of the drive, which is capable of delivering up to 550 MB/s sequential read and 520 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 96,000 random read and 89,000 random write IOPS.

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the 860 QVO has to offer. To give you an idea of what to expect, we'll take a closer look at Samsung's new SATA SSD and then see how well it performs. Does the 860 QVO 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.

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