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Samsung 830 Series 128GB Solid State Drive Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Jan 24, 2012 6:13 am
TweakTown Rating: 84%Manufacturer: Samsung

The Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD




The Samsung 830 Series ships with an almost all plastic case. On the top you get a brushed aluminum cover, but the aluminum is about as thick as a piece of paper. The appearance is very nice, but you don't get a lot of structural rigidity from the aluminum. The plastic is quite strong though and we've seen more companies going to plastic cases to reduce weight and cost of SSDs.




The back of the case is where you'll find your model number and serial number. Our drive had a part number of MZ7PC128HAFU-0DA00 and a model number of MZ-7PC128. The four standard mounting points were on the bottom of the drive where they should be.




As we stated before this is a 7mm drive, 2mm shy of the standard 9mm height of most SSDs. This form factor will take off in 2012, but since the bottom and side mounting holes are located in the same places as the 9mm drives, the 2mm difference should not be an issue with most installations.




The SATA power and data cables are offset to the left as they should be.




Inside we get our first look at what is a very different design, at least compared to what we are used to seeing. All of the components are on just one side; the back is bare as you'll see in a moment. At the top left you will find the Samsung MCX controller with three cores. Just under it is a Samsung DDR2 256MB DRAM cache used for user data and drive cleanup. The flash is also from Samsung and it uses the new 20nm NAND flash with DDR Toggle. The 128GB model uses just four flash chips.




This side of the drive is bare as you can see from the image. What I did find interesting is the set of holes in the PCB. When the drive is placed in your system this is the top of the side, the one with the aluminum cover. I'm guessing the holes provide addition air volume to the underside where all of the components are located.

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