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Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SATA III M.2 SSD Review

By: Jon Coulter | m.2 SSDs in Storage | Posted: May 21, 2015 2:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: Samsung

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SATA III M.2 SSD

 

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Samsung's 850 EVO M.2 is packaged is a small white box with a picture of the drive on front. The drive's capacity is advertised along with the drive's interface and 3D V-NAND technology.

 

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On the rear of the packaging, Samsung advertises the drives five-year limited warranty.

 

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Inside the box, the drive is protected from damage by a clear plastic tray type enclosure.

 

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The front half of the drive has a full-length manufacturers label affixed to it. The label lists the drive's capacity, model number, serial number and a warning that the warranty will be voided if the label is removed.

 

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The back half of the drive is devoid of components and has a label that identifies it as an 850 EVO M.2 SSD powered by 3D V-NAND.

 

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Here is the front half of the drive with the label removed. This side of the PCB houses both of the drives 256GB 3D TLC flash packages, dual-core MGX controller, and a single 512MB LPDDR3 DRAM package.

 

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Here is a close-in view of the drive's dual-core ARM-based MGX controller.

 

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Here is a close-in view of one of the drive's two 256GB synchronous TLC flash packages.

 

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Here we have a shot of the drive's 4Gb (512MB) LPDDR3 DRAM package.

 

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Finally, a close-in view of the drive's edge connector.

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