Samsung has already released its top of the line SSD on the market, the Samsung 850 Pro, featuring the latest 3D V-NAND technology. Some or many of us might be already enjoying this series already. I’m thinking that there are probably even more users who are waiting for the release of the successor of the more popular 840 Evo, the Samsung 850 Evo. Fear not because the 850 Evo is just around the corner, and probably it will be released by January 2015. In the meantime, tweakers.net has published a short review of the 850 Evo series, detailing some of its features, specifications and benchmarks.
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UPDATE: The Samsung 850 EVO is now official and is available to order. See Samsung 850 Evo SSD Series Now Available
Samsung 850 EVO Features, Specs, Benchmarks
The Samsung 850 Evo will feature a 6.8mm thick body in a 2.5-inch form factor. It will make use of SATA 6Gbps interface and will come in four different capacities, namely: 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB. The previous Samsung 840 Evo was popular mainly because it offers a much affordable gigabyte/price ratio at an acceptable performance compared to the 840 Pro. This is also true with the 850 EVO.
The Samsung 850 EVO will also feature the new 3D V-NAND chips like the 850 Pro, but it will offer a more affordable capacity/price ratio. It is expected to have a sequential read speed of up to 540MB/s and a sequential write speed of 520MB/s. Random 4K speed is expected to be 94,000IOPS and 36,000IOPS read/write respectively. It’s also reported that it will have a 256MB RAM cache, supports TRIM, and will have a mean time before failure rate of 1.5 million hours. Samsung’s Magician Software will also support the 850 Evo and will have a rapid mode as well.
Now for the benchmark results, tweakers.net has tested it using AS-SSD benchmark and Boat StorageMark 2011. Below is the result they got from AS-SSD benchmark:
|Samsung 850 Evo||Read||Write|
|120GB||501.24 MB/s||491.06 MB/s|
|250GB||504.24 MB/s||491.04 MB/s|
|500GB||500.99 MB/s||490.05 MB/s|
|1TB||473.35 MB/s||488.24 MB/s|
Notice that the 1TB capacity doesn’t seem to perform well compared with the lower capacities, 120GB and 250GB. Usually it’s the higher capacity that performs better than the lower ones. Anyway, these are the results they got and expect that we will see more 850 Evo benchmarks soon, most probably by January.
Samsung 850 Evo Pricing
As for pricing, the Samsung 850 Evo 120GB is reported to be priced at $100, $150 for the 250GB, $260 for the 500GB and $499 for the 1TB. Expect that street price will be lower than the mentioned prices here. Meanwhile the faster 850 Pro starts at $104 for the 128GB and $629 for the 1TB capacity here.
Cnet has released a video giving us an early look and what to expect from the upcoming Samsung 850 EVO.