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Samsung Magician 4.2 First Look - New SSD Toolkit adds Rapid Mode (Page 1)

Samsung Magician 4.2 First Look - New SSD Toolkit adds Rapid Mode

Most questions we received after our 840 EVO SSD reviews revolved around the latest version of Samsung's Magician software. Let's take a close look.

By Chris Ramseyer on Jul 29, 2013 12:19 pm CDT



At first I was surprised at the number of questions that came in about Samsung's new Magician software, but after remembering that Rapid Mode is tied to the software, it all made sense. We've covered Intel's SSD Toolbox and Corsair's new SSD Toolbox, but neither brought much of a reaction when we covered the software or when we didn't talk much about it in each company's SSD product reviews. Magician on the other hand is like a product of its own with the feedback we received. I think part of this reaction has to do with Magician 4.2 not available for download yet.

Samsung describes Magician as follows:

The Samsung Magician software is designed to help users easily manage the health and performance of their Samsung SSD. In addition to providing vital SSD health status information, Magician will assist users in updating firmware, measuring performance, and optimizing the configuration of a Windows operating system installation. Samsung Magician software is developed and distributed exclusively for owners of Samsung Solid Sate Drives (SSDs).

Magician 4.1 hit Samsung's website recently and included new supported languages, a new OS Optimization tab and a handful of bug fixes. For the purpose of reviewing the new Samsung 840 EVO, reviewers were granted early access to the newest version that adds support for Rapid Mode. Rapid Mode is a software technology developed by NVELO. Most know of NVELO from their Dataplex Software that many SSD manufacturers packaged with highly overprovisioned LSI SandForce SSDs for HDD cache products.


After taking a deep dive into Samsung's Magician software, we found one issue of interest that affects a small number of our readers. Magician has an issue with AMD hardware even when running Microsoft's AHCI driver. Older NVIIDA chipsets for AMD hardware are not affected, but newer AMD chipsets are not supported.

Let's walk through Magician 4.2 and see what this early sample has to offer.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chris Ramseyer

Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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