It's not the terabyte model, but the 750GB will be a popular choice for those looking to keep stay below the $600 price barrier. We're glad to see Samsung fill the gap between 500GB and 1TB. It would be nicer to see a $500 price, but in a few weeks the e-tailers will reel the prices down a bit. Even at $529.99, the EVO 750GB is a solid buy, and we can't complain beyond our normal pressure to drive SSD prices lower than they already are.
The 750GB EVO is also a very good performer. Even on its own without RAPID Mode enabled, the drive compares with the 840 PRO in many tests - in some tests it even outperforms the flagship 840 PRO. Samsung paid close attention to what really matters and optimized EVO to be the best client SSD we've seen yet.
Then you have magic, well Magician, as Samsung calls it. Until now, Magician was more like a wrench, but now it's a wand. You still have the typical SSD toolkit functions like OS Optimization, Secure Erase, Data Migration and all of the tools that were downplaying, but with one button, the RAPID Enable button, a new level of computing is possible. The difference is really like going from a HDD to a SSD for the first time. We really shouldn't downplay the other features. Very few SSD manufacturers have a SSD Toolbox, Tool Kit or Magician... whatever you want to label it. Samsung's is now better, period.
It's rare for me to give out an Editor's Choice award, but two in one day is unthinkable. I almost have to pull this one back on principal alone. The truth is though; I went into testing looking for high latency and with a dislike of triple-level cell NAND. By the time I finished testing, I had to see if the results from the benchmarks equated to real system level performance. I cloned by notebook drive with the USB 3.0 to SATA adapter that Samsung ships with the Notebook Kit, and I've smiled ever since.
I think what Samsung did with RAPID is going to change the SSD market. Samsung will take an even larger lead in the volume shipped, and every other company by Monday morning will have DRAM cache written on a whiteboard somewhere in the office.
There are a few other features we didn't touch on in this article like full drive encryption, so please be sure to read read our Samsung 840 EVO Overview to get all of the technology details.
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