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Samsung SM843 Pro Data Center Series 240GB SSD Review

By: Paul Alcorn | SSDs in IT/Datacenter | Posted: Mar 4, 2013 12:43 pm
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: Samsung

Samsung SM843 Internals

 

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The exterior of the SM843 features a nice bevel and relevant product information on the sticker. The Samsung SM843 comes in the 2.5-inch form factor with a 7mm Z-Height. This enables deployment into slim applications and blade servers.

 

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The rear of the SSD is unremarkable, though we do note the pentalobular screws that Samsung uses for all of its SSDs. The exterior is the exact same as the consumer 840 Series SSDs.

 

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The SM843 does not employ the use of thermal pads, and the case of the SSD consists of a thin metal shell.

 

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The MDX controller is an eight-channel three core (ARM R4 Cortex) controller. The hardware, controller, NAND and DRAM are all the same as the hardware employed in the standard consumer 840 series. The only difference is the firmware and extra overprovisioning over the standard 7% employed in the 840 Series SSDs (8GB extra for the model we are testing). There are eight emplacements of 20nm Samsung MLC NAND.

 

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Directly above the MDX controller we can observe the 512MB of LPDDR2-1033 RAM cache. We also note the distinct lack of power holdup circuitry.

 

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The rear of the SSD is devoid of any components.

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