Samsung 840 Pro Pro Reviews
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"The combination of Samsung intelligence, marketing, and aggression have positioned Samsung at the top of yet another market. The 840 PRO delivers the performance you want at a price you can afford."
"Samsung has out done themselves with the 512GB 840 Pro. This is the fastest MLC based drive we’ve tested to date. Performance with data on the drive is what separates this large capacity solid state drive from the rest of the pack. The 512GB 840 Pro is the only large capacity drive we’ve ever tested that does not take a large performance hit when populated with data. The 512GB 840 Pro is a perfect marriage of performance and capacity and is a drive you must own if you want to own the best. The $500 price tag is admittedly a little steep but in this case you get what you pay for."
"More Next-Generation drives like the Samsung Pro 840 will be arriving shortly and that should have Samsung looking over their shoulder. For now at least, when Samsung is looking forward they have nothing in front of them because they are in the performance pole position. Samsung’s 840 Pro is the drive to beat and places the proverbial bull’s-eye squarely on Samsung’s’ back. SandForce was in this unique position for a long time and that forced the competition (including Samsung) to step up its game which will undoubtedly be the case here too. Marvell, Link_A_Media, OCZ and SandForce, we await your response."
"With a price of $250 for the 256 GB version, the 840 Pro is quite expensive, but ends up $20 or 10% cheaper than the OCZ Vector. You can't go wrong with either product if you are in the market for a high-performance SSD. More price-conscious users should also look at the aging 240 GB SandForce drives, which come at outstanding pricing right now and are not much slower. Technically, the 840 Pro should be very cheap to make for Samsung as all components, including the flash chips, are provided by Samsung itself, so we may see some price drops with more competition in the high-end market."
"If you go by the synthetic benchmarks most reviewers like to run (stuff like AS-SSD, CrystalDiskMark, PCMark 7, and Iometer), then a 6 Gb/s SATA connection appears imperative for getting the most out of today's drives. In certain cases where you're pushing a ton of data sequentially, that's absolutely the case. However, those same tests aren't very good at conveying the "feel" of a machine recently upgraded from conventional to solid-state storage. Moreover, they make it look like you really need a modern platform to take advantage of a modern SSD. Our real-world metrics demonstrate that those theoretical differences aren't always practical, though. In most cases, a SATA 3Gb/s-attached Samsung 840 Pro is almost as fast as the same drive connected to a 6 Gb/s link."