Samsung's 850 Pro SATA III SSD is available in four capacities, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. Specifications list the 256GB 850 Pro SSD as capable of 550MB/s sequential reads, and 520MB/s sequential writes. Max random read/write speed is listed at 100,000/90,000 IOPS. Samsung's 850 Pro comes in a 2.5" x 7mm z-height form factor, and ships with proprietary software for drive management, and free migration software is available for download. The 850 Pro supports AES 256-bit hardware encryption that meets TCG Opal 2.0 and IEEE-1667 standards. Samsung backs the 850 Pro with an industry leading ten-year warranty with a 150 TBW (Terabytes Written) limit.
Because this is a RAID review, we are going to focus on performance rather than features. For a more in-depth look at the Samsung 850 Pro's feature set, I will refer you to Chris Ramseyer's extensive review of Samsung's 850 Pro 256GB SSD.
Drive Details - Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD
Samsung packages their 850 Pro in an attractive black box. There is a picture of the drive on the top of the box. The drive's capacity is listed on a sticker placed on the top right corner of the front of the box.
The rear of the box lists the drive's performance specifications, its ten-year limited warranty, model number, and UPC code.
The drive comes cradled in a plastic tray for protection. A software CD, printed warranty statement, installation guide, and a pair of "Samsung SSD Activated" stickers are all included.
The top and sides of the 850 Pro's enclosure are formed from piece of cast, glass-beaded aluminum that has been painted black. Beveled edges and rounded corners give it a nice touch.
The bottom of the drive's enclosure is formed from a piece of stamped sheet aluminum painted dark gray. Centered on the rear face of the enclosure is a manufacturer's sticker that lists the drive's part number, serial number, and capacity. Three pentalobe screws, two of which are hidden by the sticker, secure the bottom of the enclosure.
Typically, we open up a drive to show you what is inside, but not this time (can't find my pentelobe driver). To view the internals of this drive, you can click HERE.
Test System Setup
- Drive Properties
The majority of our testing is performed with our test drive/array as our boot volume. Our boot volume is 75% full for all OS Disk "C" drive testing to replicate a typical consumer OS volume implementation. We are using 64k stripes for all of our three-drive arrays. Cstates and Speed stepping are both disabled in our system's BIOS, High Performance power plan is enabled in Windows, Write-back caching is enabled via Intel's RST control panel, and Windows' buffer flushing is disabled. We are utilizing Windows 8.1 64-bit for all of our testing.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Drive Details, Test System Setup, Drive Properties, Pricing, and Availability]
- Page 3 [Synthetic Benchmarks - ATTO, Anvil Storage Utilities, CrystalDiskMark & AS SSD]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks (Trace Based OS Volume) - PCMark Vantage, PCMark 7 & PCMark 8]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - Disk Response & Transfer Rates]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks (Secondary Volume) - PCMark 8 Extended]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- First look at how Musk's underground tunnels might work
- Overwatch is now home to over 30 million gamers
- Nintendo sold 2.3 million NES Mini consoles
- Nintendo forecasts 10 million Switch sales this year
- Capcom's 2016 financials outline company's future
- G1 Sniper 2 rev 1.0 wont boot with GtX 1070
- H97M Pro4 - Machine comes out of sleep mode when deactivated but monitor does not
- ASUS USB-AC53 Nano AC1200 Wireless Adapter Review
- GIGABYTE Xtreme Gaming XTC700 CPU Cooler Review
- ASRock 990fx Extreme9 and NVMe support
- Get ready for Intel Optane memory with ASRock 200 series motherboards!
- Acer unleashes the Predator Triton 700, a thin yet powerful gaming notebook without compromise
- Acer's new Predator monitors with quantum dot technology deliver spectacular gameplay experiences
- Acer expands its gaming notebook line with the powerful Predator Helios 300
- Western Digital ships fourth-generation Helium Hard Drive platform with Ultrastar He12 12TB advanced storage hard drives