Model: Samsung 870 EVO 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.

Samsung recently introduced its latest 2.5-inch SATA SSD, the 870 EVO. Delivering a compelling mix of performance, reliability and compatibility for casual PC and NAS users, this new drive is powered by Samsung's MKX "Metis" controller and is available with up to 4TB of their latest 3-bit MLC V-NAND flash. This combination not only allows the 870 EVO to reach sequential read and write speeds of 560 and 530 MB/s, respectively, it delivers a 30% improvement in sustained performance as well as a 38% improvement in random read speed over its predecessor, the 860 EVO. The drive also offers a long list of features including Samsung's Intelligent TurboWrite technology, AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption and support for the company's Magician software.

The 870 EVO is available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities. For this review, Samsung sent us the 1TB version of the drive, which is capable of delivering up to 560 MB/s sequential read and 530 MB/s sequential write speeds as well as up to 98,000 random read and 88,000 random write IOPS.

Needless to say, this is only a taste of what the 870 EVO 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 870 EVO 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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