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Samsung 850 Pro 512GB SSD Review (Page 2)

By Chris Ramseyer from Sep 1, 2014 @ 16:10 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Samsung

Samsung 850 Pro 512GB SSD

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Samsung stepped away from the black and orange color scheme slightly with the 850 Pro. The black remains, but the orange is now closer to red than orange. The drive looks really good in a case with an ASUS ROG board.

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This is the first time we received a full retail drive with the final production retail package. Not a lot has changed other than the warranty shows 10 year limited. On my last trip to Fry's in Silicon Valley, we found the 850 Pro drives on the shelf. We spent some time looking at the retail packages on all the SSDs at the brick and mortar store. A few of the drives listed performance numbers like the 850 Pro. Comparing the information on the packages, we think Samsung does a really good job showing the performance and features on the retail package.

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The retail package includes the SSD, two paper manuals, a pair of stickers, and a software disk with the software. You can also download the software via Samsung's website for the latest version.

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The drive is a 2.5" form factor with a 7mm z-height.

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The label on the back shows the model and serial number. The case is made from machined aluminum.

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Inside the case we found a very small PCB that could be used in a 1.8" form factor should Samsung decide to build a smaller drive. Between the case and the PCB was a piece of thermal transfer material that was almost as large as the circuit board.

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Samsung makes all of the components used on the 850 Pro, from the controller to the flash and the DRAM.

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The 850 Pro uses the same MEX controller that Samsung used on the 840 EVO.

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Buffering the page table data is low power DDR2 DRAM. The 512GB model uses 512GB of DRAM.

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The 512GB 850 Pro uses eight V-NAND flash packages, four on each side of the PCB.

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