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

By Jon Coulter on May 21, 2015 09:15 am CDT
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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jon Coulter

Jon Coulter became a computer enthusiast about the time Windows XP launched. Originally Jon was into water cooling and competitively benching ATI video cards with modified drivers. Jon has been building computer systems for himself and others by request for more than 10 years. Jon became a storage enthusiast the day he first booted his system with an Intel X25-M G1 80GB SSD. Look for Jon to bring consumer SSD reviews into the spotlight.

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