At first I was surprised at the number of questions that came in about Samsung's new Magician software, but after remembering that Rapid Mode is tied to the software, it all made sense. We've covered Intel's SSD Toolbox and Corsair's new SSD Toolbox, but neither brought much of a reaction when we covered the software or when we didn't talk much about it in each company's SSD product reviews. Magician on the other hand is like a product of its own with the feedback we received. I think part of this reaction has to do with Magician 4.2 not available for download yet.
Samsung describes Magician as follows:
The Samsung Magician software is designed to help users easily manage the health and performance of their Samsung SSD. In addition to providing vital SSD health status information, Magician will assist users in updating firmware, measuring performance, and optimizing the configuration of a Windows operating system installation. Samsung Magician software is developed and distributed exclusively for owners of Samsung Solid Sate Drives (SSDs).
Magician 4.1 hit Samsung's website recently and included new supported languages, a new OS Optimization tab and a handful of bug fixes. For the purpose of reviewing the new Samsung 840 EVO, reviewers were granted early access to the newest version that adds support for Rapid Mode. Rapid Mode is a software technology developed by NVELO. Most know of NVELO from their Dataplex Software that many SSD manufacturers packaged with highly overprovisioned LSI SandForce SSDs for HDD cache products.
After taking a deep dive into Samsung's Magician software, we found one issue of interest that affects a small number of our readers. Magician has an issue with AMD hardware even when running Microsoft's AHCI driver. Older NVIIDA chipsets for AMD hardware are not affected, but newer AMD chipsets are not supported.
Let's walk through Magician 4.2 and see what this early sample has to offer.