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A great SSD drive but consider other options,
This review is from: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5 inch SATA Solid State Drive (Accessory)The new Samsung 840 series is a great development in their SSDs however the Samsung 830 series is still currently a better buy for your money as it stands.
If you upgrading your SSD and already have either a 830 or SSD of similar performance consider moving up to at least the Samsung 840 series PRO to make it worth while.
The performance of the 256GB models is below so you can compare. (IOPS = In out Operations per Second)
Samsung 830 SSD | Read 520MB/s (IOPS 80k) Write 400MB/s (IOPS 36k)
Samsung 840 SSD | Read 540MB/s (IOPS 96k) Write 250MB/s (IOPS 62k)
Samsung 840 PRO SSD | Read 540 MB/s (IOPS 100k) Write 520MB/s (IOPS 90k)
As you can see the 840 has a much slower write speed; this is due to it using TLC NAND. The write speeds for the standard 840 is still adequate so is a great choice versus the cheaper 830s if you want a slightly higher read speed. If you do however require to be able to write a large amount of data on your SSD drive and you don't want to spend the extra money for the pro the 830 would be a much better choice giving all around great read and write speeds.
Overall to sum up, if you already have a 830 SSD upgrade to the 840 series PRO or stick with your current SSD.
If you upgrading from a much slower early SSD or are buying your first SSD drive, the 830 series would be an ideal choice and offers you the best value for money. However if your not cautious about money the go ahead and buy the Samsung 840 PRO SSD as it provides unrivalled performance.
Just as added information when using this SSD set your Motherboard Bios setting to AHCI for this drive.
Please note the Basic Kit will not include a 3.5" to 2.5" bracket, to install the SSD in a 3.5" slot in your pc you will have to purchase one.
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Initial post: 9 Nov 2012 11:17:34 GMT
Really useful review - thanks. I'm desperate to get a Samsung SSD (ideally 500gb) but keep putting it off until prices drop/storage increases... but one day I'll have to just do it!
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2012 12:04:06 GMT
The prices will fall quite quickly from now due to the volume of sales rapidly increasing, both for ssd in business enviroments such as servers and from use in desktops and laptops etc.
Hard drives will slowly faze out, however they are still the best solution if you want storage.
If your after 500gb, why not raid 2 250gb SSD drives? You will get a vastly increased performance. Look into raid, mainly raid 0, raid 1 and raid 10.
Posted on 21 Nov 2012 16:45:31 GMT
Peter Smart says:
The 830 SSD is so small and light compared to a normal HDD I've just stuck mine to the bottom of the PC with double sided stick foam rubber - so easy compared to the ordinary HDDs - and it's also cool.
Posted on 24 Nov 2012 15:25:52 GMT
M. Irigoyen says:
I wish all reviews were as useful as yours.
Posted on 26 Nov 2012 01:07:36 GMT
Best review I have ever read on Amazon. Really helpful!
Posted on 26 Nov 2012 09:33:33 GMT
Good review, but IOPS is a more useful indication of the 'true' or 'real life' performance of a drive than linear read-write speed and the 840 considerably out-performs the 830 in terms of IOPS: 62k write vs 36k write, so given the choice I would personally go for the 840.
I would just add that in practice, both of these drives will be blisteringly fast compared to a conventional hard drive.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Nov 2012 12:33:49 GMT
I agree with Andyken. IOPS is the real consideration with all modern SSDs.
Posted on 27 Nov 2012 13:57:31 GMT
Blackhound rise says:
everyone has contributed great advice and appreciation to a brilliant review. for me as i cannot make my mind up which ssd to buy, this is quite hepful. i am stuck between the sandisk ssd pulse 256gb version coming out soon and the samsung ssd 830 to 840 series. my biggest worry is the cloning software. nothing is perfect but hey! such is life.
Posted on 28 Dec 2012 19:01:55 GMT
Owen Roberts says:
THE 830 IS CURRENTLY MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE 840 .. sorry caps .. picked up this 840 for £109 so pretty happy .. want to see what the fuss is all about :)
Posted on 1 Jan 2013 14:02:06 GMT
Yeah, no. The real world performances is so minimal that normal consumers like you and me will NOT even be able to differentiate which one is faster or not. The difference is what, 2-3 seconds? The 840 is a great choice for a first SSD and is NOT more expensive than the 830, it is priced exactly the same and the 830 is being phased out, making it even more expensive.