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Samsung 860 EVO 1TB SATA III SSD Review (Page 1)

Samsung 860 EVO 1TB SATA III SSD Review

Samsungs successor to the world's bestselling SSD. The 860 EVO takes 3-bit flash over the SATA interface to new heights while keeping costs low.

Jon Coulter | Feb 26, 2018 at 08:00 am CST - 3 mins, 18 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 97%Manufacturer: Samsung


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With competitors inching closer to matching the aging 850 EVO's performance, Samsung is countering with a successor to the world's bestselling SSD. Samsung's new 860 EVO is designed to keep the TLC SATA performance crown firmly in Samsung's camp. The 860 EVO comes armed with Samsung's fourth generation V-NAND technology and a new Samsung ARM-based MJX controller. Samsung's MJX controller offers many improvements over previous models including expanded system compatibility, a refined ECC algorithm and improved queued TRIM for Linux systems.

The technologies incorporated into the 860 EVO assure long-term dependable performance with minimal performance degradation. The 860 EVO provides up to a whopping 51% better-sustained performance compare to that of its predecessor. Additionally, the 860 EVO is rated for up to 6x better endurance than the 850 EVO. The 860 EVO's potent combination of Samsung's MJX controller and the newest V-NAND architecture delivers sequential read/write speeds of up to 550/520 MB/s and random read/write performance of up to 98K/90K IOPS

Samsung has also revamped their TurboWrite technology. Samsung's new Intelligent TurboWrite technology is dynamic in nature. Intelligent TurboWrite automatically determines how much space to allocate to the EVO's TurboWrite cache region based on the workload demand. Compared to the 850 EVO, the 860 EVO can allocate up to 6X the capacity for TurboWrite during the most demanding write-intensive workloads.

On the security front, the 860 EVO does not disappoint. The 860 EVO is equipped with an AES 256-bit hardware-based encryption engine ensuring absolute security for your data at all times. Samsung's SED (Self Encrypting Drive) technology is hardware-based, ensuring full protection without suffering performance degradation that is common with software-based encryption. Additionally, the 860 EVO is fully compliant with TCG Opal and Encrypted Drive-IEEE1667 advanced security management solutions.

Samsung's 860 EVO Series comes with Samsung Data Migration and Samsung Magician software via download. Both are free for 860 EVO users. Samsung Data Migration software allows you to easily migrate your OS and all data contained on your old system disk to your new 860 EVO with a couple of clicks.

Samsung Magician software is SSD toolbox software that makes monitoring and maintaining your Samsung SSD a simple task. With Magician, you can automatically update firmware, check your SSDs health status, overprovision the drive, optimize the OS for SSD use, check performance, secure erase and encrypt your Samsung SSD. Want even more speed from your 860 EVO? With Magician you can enable Samsung's RAPID DRAM assisted SSD caching technology if you are running in AHCI mode.

The successor to the world's bestselling SSD has a lot to offer, let's see how it does on the test bench.

Factory Specifications

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The 1TB model we have in the lab sports the following specifications:

  • Sequential Read: up to 550 MB/s
  • Sequential Write: up to 520 MB/s
  • Max 4K QD32 Random Read: up to 98,000 IOPS
  • Max 4K QD32 Random Write: up to 90,000 IOPS
  • 4K QD1 Read: up to 10,000 IOPS
  • 4K QD1 Write: up to 42,000 IOPS
  • Endurance: 600 TBW
  • MTTF: 1.5 Million Hours
  • Warranty: 5-Year Limited Warranty
  • Avg. Active Power: 3W
  • DEVSLP 2.6 mW
  • ECC
  • TRIM
  • Garbage Collection
  • Software: Samsung Magician, Samsung Migration Software

Availability: Currently selling at retail outlets.

MSRP: 1TB $329.99

Samsung's 860 EVO is available in capacities ranging from 250GB - 4TB

Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST

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Jon Coulter


Jon became a computer enthusiast when Windows XP launched. He was into water cooling and benching ATI video cards with modded drivers. Jon has been building computers for others for more than 10 years. Jon became a storage enthusiast the day he first booted an Intel X25-M G1 80GB SSD. Look for Jon to bring consumer SSD reviews into the spotlight.

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