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2013 Samsung Global SSD Summit - I would pound my chest if 36% of all English SSD reviews were read at TweakTown. At 57% of the all Italian reviews, well I might have a global SSD review conference. Samsung has those exact numbers when it comes to SSD sales.
The video doesn't break ground on technical details, but gives us a good understanding of where Samsung is at in relation to other SSD manufacturers.
Seeing the stepping stones starting with early Samsung SSDs is a nice history lesson.
2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - Our hands are tied until the 25th on a full review, but Samsung stated that everything in the show is fair game. We had some latency trying to get all of the videos loaded, but we're ready to show you a bit more 840 EVO news.
I promise to bring the tri-pod next time. We're still learning the video market. We'll have to keep other media from chatting in the videos too, it's coming together though.
Now that you have a majority of the EVO facts, I'm sure you're just as excited as we are.
2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - Samsung always likes to talk about the large amount of Samsung components in their SSD products. Off to the side at the show we found a dissected 840. Surprisingly, there aren't too many components needed to build an 840, but I wouldn't want to solder everything together by hand!
Samsung manufactures all of the core components, PCB, DRAM, NAND and more than likely several of the small surface mount components as well.
This is the first time we've seen a SSD apart out in this manner. While not exactly news worthy, it is interesting to see for the first time.
TweakTown has lead the coverage of NGFF (m.2) products with a preview from Computex using ADATA products, finding retail products currently shipping with m.2 SSDs and now a quick look at performance from a Samsung m.2 drive in a retail ultrabook.
Although still rare in the channel, m.2 form factor SSDs are set to take off like a rocket later in this year. The form factor comes in two flavors, SATA based and PCIe based, the second being the quite exciting since it breaks through some of the SATA III performance limitations. In the video above, we see a CDM performance run with a Samsung based SATA III SSD and a new PCIe based m.2 drive.
Looking closely at the performance on screen we were surprised to see the SATA III drive score higher performance in the 4K read and write test. This tells us Samsung still have some optimization work left to do.
PCIe based m.2 drives should have lower latency when we see the final products since the data doesn't have to pass through the PCH chipset. We're keeping a close eye on this new technology that promises to increase storage performance from a single device by up to 4x over the next year.
2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - We're a day behind due to the time it takes to upload video from the hotel, but things are sorted now. Samsung put on a great show yesterday for the roughly 100 or so journalists that attended.
The big news for those making the trek to Seoul was the new 840 EVO, the replacement to the baseline 840. Samsung also announced a handful of enterprise products as well later in the day.
In the video we have a quick walk though of the Samsung SSD wall. Several products appear, some old, some new, but all are very exciting.
Throughout the day we'll post more videos from the event and in a few days break down the new Samsung 840 EVO and in a separate article discussing the new Magician 4.1 update that offers owners of existing 840 products a significant performance boost thanks to Samsung's purchase of NVELO.
A firmware update coming around the September timeframe adds true AES 256-bit hardware encryption to Samsung's 840, 840 EVO and 840 PRO SSD products.
Two flavors of encryption are covered, Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Opal and Microsoft's eDRIVE, part of Windows 8 BitLocker.
Class 0 SED is an important feature for businesses and end users who would prefer to only have the NSA steal their data. While we've had access to encryption for several years, hardware based encryption lessens the overhead and reduces the amount of resources needed from surrounding components.
A notebook is lost or stolen every few seconds in the world and the cost goes far beyond the price of the components physically lost. I would go as far as to say it should be mandatory for all businesses to use some form of encryption for all of their employee's notebooks.
We haven't told you all of the reasons yet to be excited about the new Samsung 840 EVO, that'll come in a few days when the embargo for performance lifts. We do have a few tidbits to share with you today though from the SSD Global Summit.
This image shows pricing and the capacity sizes for the new 840 EVO product family. There are three kit options, Basic (bare drive), Laptop Kit and finally a Desktop Kit. There are five capacity sizes, 120GB to 1TB, all of the standard sizes plus a 750GB model tossed in for good measure. The MSRPs are for the US market.
The model everyone wants to talk about is the big 1TB model, costing just under $650. The model most of us will buy though is the 250GB or 500GB at $189.99 and $369.99, respectively. The prices range between the different kit options and not all capacity sizes ship in a kit. We're not sure how Samsung came up with the kit sizes, but for most of us, a bare drive will do just fine.
Under the theme of 'SSDs for everyone', today Samsung held the 2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit at the Westin Chosun Seoul in South Korea to celebrate the launch of its new solid state drive (SSD), the Samsung SSD 840 EVO. This is a consumer-oriented entry-level, high-performance SSD that comes in capacities up to 1TB.
"After accelerating the growth of the SSD market with last year's launch of entry-level, high-performance SSDs, we are introducing much faster SSDs with up to 1TB capacities offering consumers a wider range of choices," said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. "Samsung continues to enhance its SSD brand image by delivering the industry's highest quality solutions and continuously increasing its SSD market share by expanding the adoption of higher density SSDs especially in client PC segments."
The new a 840 EVO series features the industry's most compact 10nm class 128GB high-performance NAND flash memory. Samsung began mass-producing these memory modules in April and they feature the company's proprietary multi-core MEX controller. This allows the 840 EVO to achieve "unrivaled value for performance with improve sequential read and write speeds."
SD cards have been fast up until now, but Toshiba are really pushing the boundaries of most users expectations with their new Exceria Pro line of SD cards. Toshiba's Exceria Pro SD cards are capable of pushing out write speeds of up to 240MB/sec.
The Exceria Pro has a maximum read speed of 260MB/sec and 240MB/sec writes, with the SD cards arriving in both 16GB and 32GB capacities. The original Exceria series of SD cards from Toshiba contain the same read speeds of 260MB/sec but have a slower write speed of 'just' 120MB/sec. The Exceria series of cards are available in 32GB and 64GB, though.
Toshiba's new SD cards are built for professional photographers, who are in need of some serious read/write speeds for those megapixel hungry cameras.
We've been on m.2, or NGFF (Next Generation Form Factor) watch since Computex earlier this month and we've finally found a notebook/ultrabook with an NGFF option. The Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E431 is the first of its kind, at least the first we've actually found.
The options list is very limited at this time. You either order their $50 24GB NGFF SSD for cache or you don't. The description is pretty light as well. We've already ran a few tests on ADATA NGFF drives, one with a JMicron controller and another with an LSI SandForce controller.
It's not much but it's a start. Next week a package arrives with new tools for measuring performance of NGFF products and at that time we'll have everything we need to write a proper review of the new ADATA NGFF SSD's.