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Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 3D V-NAND SSD Review (Page 10)

By: Chris Ramseyer from Dec 8, 2014 @ 15:05 CST
TweakTown Rating: 97%Manufacturer: Samsung

Final Thoughts


In the chart above, we see a reduced scale latency test result from PCMark 8. In the test, the 850 EVO comes very close to the total latency of the industry leading SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB without RAPID Mode enabled. With RAPID enabled, the 850 EVO drops the latency amount by a few orders of magnitude. Barring any resistance to using DRAM to cache storage data, the 850 EVO with RAPID Mode is one of the fastest SSDs on the market.

We haven't tested the 850 Pro with the new RAPID 2.0 software since Jon has the drives for his upcoming detailed RAID report, but we suspect the 850 Pro and 850 EVO will share similar performance in typical consumer applications at consumer workloads.

The price of the 850 EVO 250GB is only slightly higher than many other low-cost SSDs available that are designed for the mainstream market. We keep saying the 850 EVO is a mainstream SSD, but that is really only in price. The endurance, warranty, and performance clearly show this product is a high performance model that changes the way we think about mainstream SSDs. The 850 EVO is not just a fish out of water, it's a fish that grew arms, legs, and lungs; a fish actually accomplishing such a feat would be miraculous, and that is what the 850 EVO is to the SSD world. Samsung has brought the company's best technology together to chance the SSD market.

For the next several months, I don't see any other companies releasing a mainstream SSD that is able to compete with the 850 EVO on features. A few may try to bring down the cost of current generation products to close the gap, but that only goes so far. The 850 EVO costs a bit more than the bottom of the barrel SSDs, but has a good-sized lead on flagship SSDs that cost more.

Toshiba / SanDisk will have 15nm lithography sometime in 2015, but I wouldn't expect any real product announcements until Computex in June. That means the 850 EVO should be the mainstream market leader for the next six to seven months. If you plan to buy a relatively low-cost SSD in that amount of time, the Samsung 850 EVO should be your starting point and finish line.

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Quality including Design and Build98%
General Features98%
Bundle and Packaging97%
Value for Money97%
Overall TweakTown Rating97%

The Bottom Line: At launch the 850 EVO 250GB costs a little more than the bottom of the barrel drives, but offers performance, endurance, and a five-year warranty never before seen at this price level.

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