Samsung's new 850 EVO has many highlights. At the MSRP, the 850 EVO is the new face of mainstream SSDs, and few companies will be able to compete. It's difficult to even call the new EVO a mainstream SSD since the performance, endurance, and warranty are in line with flagship products from other companies. Technologies like full disk encryption, and DEVSLP, the low-power state that boosts notebook battery life, also shouldn't be overlooked. While many other products on the market also offer these technologies, a few products that directly compete with the 850 EVO do not.
Looking closer at the pricing model, the 250GB costs a bit more than the slew of products currently selling for roughly $110 in the same capacity class. The 850 EVO exceeds the performance expectations of a 256GB mainstream SSD, brings a five-year warranty, and has a 75 TBW rating for endurance, all of which are specifications not previously found in the mainstream product class. Moving up to the 500GB and 1TB EVO 850 products, the TBW increases to 150, a rating shared with the 850 Pro. At this time, the 850 EVO and 850 Pro large capacity products stand on their own on the endurance scale.
The 850 EVO is more like a premium high performance SSD than it is like a mainstream SSD in other ways as well. Performance wise, without RAPID Mode, the 1TB model we tested today runs with the best drives on the market. Once you enable RAPID Mode, a free software DRAM cache for data storage, the performance shoots to levels only shared by other Samsung SSDs that can also use the same technology.
Samsung even increased performance where 3-bit per cell NAND is vulnerable to performance loss, writing large amounts of data to the drive in rapid succession. The 120GB model only received a small increase in performance over the 840 EVO, but the 500GB and 1TB models both saw significant improvements over the previous generation.
Samsung set the bar very high for the mainstream SSD market. There are products that cost a few dollars less, but I don't see a reason why anyone would not spend a little more to own one of the best performing SSDs on the market today.
Product Summary Breakdown
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The Bottom Line: Priced at 50 cents per GB at launch, the 850 EVO is a flagship performing SSD in mainstream cloths. Loaded with features and an industry leading endurance ratings, this is what we would buy today.
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