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Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive
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|Data Transfer Rate||750 MB per second||750 MB per second||750 MB per second||6 Gb per second||750 MB per second||6|
|Digital Storage Capacity||120 GB||128 GB||500 GB||120 GB||0.26 GB||120 GB|
|Installed Flash Memory Size||120||120||500||120||120||120|
|Hard Disk Size||120 GB||120 GB||500 GB||120 GB||120 GB||120 GB|
|Item Dimensions||6.98 x 10 x 0.7 cm||0.71 x 10.06 x 6.98 cm||6.98 x 10 x 0.68 cm||10.3 x 0.71 x 7 cm||10.01 x 6.98 x 0.69 cm||6.96 x 10.01 x 0.71 cm|
|Item Weight||68 grams||28 grams||45 grams||100 grams||54 grams||53 grams|
|Memory Storage Capacity||120 GB||120 GB||120 GB||120 GB||120 GB||122,880 MB|
|Read Speed||—||530 MB per second||540 MB per second||555 MB per second||540 MB per second||450 MB per second|
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Samsung 840 EVO SSD
Enjoy High Performance
The Samsung SSD 840 EVO is a high-performance SSD designed for power users. Capable of delivering up to 98,000 IOPS Random Read Speed and 540MB/s Sequential Read speed, it is an SSD of unrivaled high performance. Even better, the advanced MEX controller delivers these speeds regardless of data type, unlike some competing controllers that greatly favour compressible data.
Always be in High Acceleration
Thanks to Samsung TurboWrite technology, Samsung SSD 840 EVO can deliver much faster sequential write speeds compared to the previous model -- up to tripling the speed from 130 to 410MB/s in 120 GB drives, and doubling it from 250 to 520MB/s in 250 GB drives.
Switch to a High Gear for Rapid Performance
Like changing gears in a car, with Magician software you have the option of RAPID mode, enhancing performance by processing data on a system level through the use of free PC memory (DRAM) as a cache. Depending on your PC memory, you can expect high performance and more efficient command processing, which improves with repeated tasking.
Shocks, vibrations, high temperatures -- bring it on. Equipped with Advanced Signal Processing, Samsung SSD 840 EVO automatically corrects errors so you'll worry less about your data's stability. Plus, using Samsung Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART), you can track your SSD's health status. SMART warns you of any unforeseen errors before they occur, so you'll be prepared.
Samsung's Dynamic Thermal Guard protection monitors the temperature of the SSD, preventing it from overheating. When the SSD is exposed to extreme temperatures, the algorithm controls the SSD's power supply to keep it cool. Plus, with Samsung SSD 840 EVO your PC becomes lighter, meaning you can carry it around with you.
Rock-solid Encryption to Secure Your Data
Samsung 840 EVO Self Encrypting Drive (SED) security technology will help keep your data safe at all times. The drive is included an AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption engine to ensure that your personal files remain secure -- even if you lose your laptop.
Enjoy doing more of what you love on your computer for longer. Samsung 840 EVO SSD features low idle power consumption. This is important because PCs spend 80 to 90 per cent of their time sitting idle. The drive promotes energy savings and longer battery life.
Simple Tools for an Easy Upgrade
Using a SATA-to-USB 3.0 connector provided in the laptop upgrade package, for a data size of 100 GB, you can migrate all the data from your HDD to 840 EVO in just 24 minutes. The Auto Install guide included in the toolkit will guide you smoothly through the installation process.
Add Style to Your PC
Samsung 840 EVO SSD uses both structural engineering and C-cutting to diamond-cut the premium titan surface, for a sleek and stylish appearance. Watch your PC become reborn with a premium look that expresses its powerful performance.
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I could use other cloning software but I started a fresh build, seeing as it was a fresh disk! After a full install of the OS and some software testing I wasn't impressed. The speed increase wasn't anything fancy. Turns out the SATA chipset on the motherboard is an early example hence the performance issue.
Over to the 2 year old laptop. This has an Intel i3 CPU and SATA III chipset. As you can imagine the software install & cloning was straight forward. 5 mins of changing the drive. The AHCI setting in the BIOS and I was off.
22 seconds to full bootup!!!! Performance is fantastic and the battery lasts a lot longer. Well worth every penny.
If there is a moral to this, just make sure that what this goes in is not TOO old.
I cloned my hard drive OS install onto it and booted into it just fine without any problems. I did have to do a check to make sure Windows recognised it as an SSD and enabled TRIM and disabled Defragmenting.
Another thing to note is you should have the partition 1MB aligned for faster read and write speeds. If you download AS-SSD and run it, it shows the alignment of the drive and if it's correct it'll show it in green saying something like Alignment: 1024KB
Speaking of AS-SSD the speeds are blisteringly fast! From boot to Windows was about 20 seconds. You can also enable RAPID mode from the Samsung Magician software where it caches frequently used software/data in RAM for you to speed up the system even more. However you need a spare bit of RAM to do so, and it only works on one SSD. So any RAID setups won't be eligible for that feature.
Now for the downside...
The original firmware has a flaw where it causes a slowdown due to not having the data refreshed on the disk, which causes reads/writes to slow down over time. Samsung recently released another firmware update that should reduce the issue and for most users it won't be a noticeable effect. However having such a flaw in the drive does make you think twice about choosing them. For their next range of drives, they'll have to offer something way above the others, either in terms of price or in speed to win the support of annoyed customers.
The SSD comes in a nice box with a software CD, although the software can be downloaded from the Samsung website. As long as the Samsung drive is connected to your computer you can use the software. In terms of hardware installation it was fairly easy and straight forward. It doesn't contain any mounting screws so you may need some when installing. Once the drive was installed a simple format and you're ready to go. This is one of the fastest drives on the market for SATA3 with speeds around 550MB/s Read and 500MB/s Write (I've included a speed test in photos). The software included is okay if a little limited. The Samsung Magician allows you to update the SSD firmware (please do this before moving files to the drive!) and check drive condition and speed. The Data Migration software allows you to migrate ONLY your Windows Boot Drive (C: Drive) to the Samsung SSD. So you can't clone another drive to the Samsung SSD, which is unfortunate.
I'm really happy with this drive; it works great for Adobe Applications and anytime you need fast Read/Write Access. Great performance and reliability from a brand I trust. I highly recommend this Samsung SSD drive.
My Macbook Pro boots in about 10 seconds as opposed to the 1 minute it used to take and programmes now open quickly. The only downside is that every other computer with an solid state hard drive seems really slow in comparison and my patience wears thin quite quickly.
Packaging - The drive comes well packaged in a cardboard sleeve and is in an electrostatic pouch to keep it from getting damaged.
The Drive - It is well made and feels quite premium, I still couldn't quite believe how thin and light the drive is in comparison to its non-SSD counterparts. It is also silent to operate and hardly gets hot at all in comparison to the old drive.
Speed - The speed at first did seem a little sluggish at first but then I looked on Google and did a firmware update for the drive and then turned on TRIM so that the drive works better. Since then, I can't complain it's very very fast.
Battery (on my laptop) - I must say the battery on my laptop seems to last slightly longer than it used to as it's not having to power a disc and a spindle which is a great plus.
(not about the drive itself) - Beware though, the late 2011 are some of the last portable model of Apple macs that you were able to change the drive internally without any issues. All the new Macbook Pros have all their memory soldered to the motherboard and cannot be changed without a massive headache! (I'm pretty technological and I wouldn't go near changing the memory on the newer Macbooks with a bargepole.)
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