I finally take the plunge and get myself an SSD. Not only my rig deserves a faster boot drive, but I also want to experience what other PC enthusiasts is experiencing with their SSD right now. So. I got myself a Samsung EVO 850 256GB of storage and let’s see what it got for us.
The Samsung EVO 850 packaging is very basic, neat and nothing fancy at all and it has the following:
- CD Driver
- Solid State Drive itself
Being a first time SSD user, I was amazed how this lightweight but pricey component really do wonders for our beloved PC. Aside from making your boot up time in just 15 seconds (in my system), it makes your applications respond faster and all your drivers load right after it reaches the desktop. No more waiting for all the drivers and start up programs before you can use your PC.
The Samsung EVO 850 is one of best selling SSD series. If you’re eyeing on the Samsung 850 Pro but kinda hesitant to pull the trigger due to its cost, the Samsung EV0 850 is an excellent alternative.
Following the 850 Pro, the 850 Evo is the second SSD from Samsung that uses a 3D vertical flash memory cell. Traditionally, 2D planar type NAND flash memory cells — the storage units on an SSD — lay flat on the surface of the silicon wafer. That’s common for most SSDs on the market. With the 850 Evo, the drive’s flash memory cells are stacked in up to 32 layers, which allows for significantly more cells in the same number of wafer bits. This greatly increases the density and means, among other things, more storage space for less cost.
Take a look at the technical details of the Samsung EVO 850 250GB together with all the EVO line up:
|Design||2.5-inch 7mm||2.5-inch 7mm||2.5-inch 7mm||2.5-inch 7mm||2.5-inch 7mm|
|Controler||Samsung MGX Controller||Samsung MGX Controller||Samsung MGX Controller||Samsung MEX Controller||Samsung MHX controller|
|Flash memory||Samsung 3D V-NAND 3bit MLC||Samsung 3D V-NAND 3bit MLC||Samsung 3D V-NAND 3bit MLC||Samsung 3D V-NAND 3bit MLC||Samsung 3D V-NAND 3bit MLC|
|Sequential Read||540 MB/s||540 MB/s||540 MB/s||540 MB/s||540 MB/s|
|Sequential Write||520 MB/s||520 MB/s||520 MB/s||520 MB/s||520 MB/s|
|Random Read||94K IOPS||97K IOPS||98K IOPS||98K IOPS||98K IOPS|
|Random Write||88K IOPS||88K IOPS||90K IOPS||90K IOPS||90K IOPS|
|Power consumtiion (idle)||2mW||2mW||2mW||4mW||5mW|
|Power consumption (read | write)||3.7W|3.7W||3.7W|3.7W||3.7W|3.7W||3.7W|3.7W||3.7W | 4.7W|
|Endurance (Terabyte written, at least)||75TB||75TB||150TB||150TB||150TB|
My Samsung EVO 850 is paired with my Ryzen 7 1700 and 16GB of RAM and oh boy, it really made a big improvement and added more snappines on my current set up. Although I don’t have other SSDs to match with my EVO 850, i did ran CrystalDiskMark for some quick benchmark and got the following result:
Overall, I say it might be an overshoot for someone’s budget if this will be their first time also to venture for an SSD as there are other cheaper compared to the Samsung EVO 850 (see my previous post for quick price round up below P 5,000), but, this is a good example of a balanced price to performance ratio as it mixes cheaper memory with 3D V-NAND technology making it one of the best midrange SSD to date. This cost P 4,700 and it is available at PCHub, Dynaquest and Ayoscomputer. Pricing may vary depending on the store where you want to get this.