Samsung Launches 2TB 850 Pro and 850 EVO SSDs

Super sized SSDs are not new as both SanDisk, Intel, as others have launched 2TB SATA SSDs already. However, those drives have all been enterprise or server oriented. Samsung has just announced the first 2TB consumer SSDs, with the new drives coming from the current 850 Pro and 850 EVO families. Pricing is set at $1000 and $800 respectively which in the grand scheme of things is quite reasonable. Of course, those prices are the MSRP and retail pricing will likely be different.

While the 840 and 840 EVO has experienced ongoing problems for a while, the 850 Pro and 850 EVO have not yet suffered any documented slowdown issues. Both the 850 Pro and Evo are based on Samsung’s 3D V-NAND technology, using MLC and TLC respectively. Most users will do fine with the EVO though the Pro has a longer warranty, more stated durability and is faster.  The 2TB drives are limited to 2.5 inch SATA for now, but M.2 and mSATA may be coming shortly.

While priced 8-10x more than a similar sized HDD, the speed increase of an SSD can be well worth it. For those needing lots of fast storage, the larger drives will reduce drive count, eliminate RAID difficulties and reduced shuffling of files. As HDDs start hitting a capacity wall, it offers a chance for SSDs to finally catch up. Maybe 2016 will be the year that SSDs and HDDs finally reach price parity. I for one, can’t wait till my entire system is on NAND.

Samsung SSD 850 Evo Spotted at IFA 2014

IFA is a really large electronic show with devices from all sorts of categories, from refrigerators to pc components, and everything in between. We’ve reported on some of the incredible monitors seen at the show, like the 98-inch TV with an 8K resolution from LG, or the one of a kind 5K monitor from Dell, and now a new SSD has been spotted there as well.

The Samsung SSD 850 Evo has been rumoured for some time, and now we know it to be a fact. Samsung had it at their booth, though they didn’t make any official announcement regarding it. This is the first drive aimed at the consumer market to feature the new 3bit 3D V-NAND flash technology; the same used by its big brother, the Samsung 850 Pro.

We don’t know many facts about the drive yet, but according to the French site Lesnumeriques, it will use TLC flash instead of MLC flash as used in the Pro model. While able to deliver the same performance, it uses more power and thereby putting more stress on the chips, effectively decreasing the lifespan in comparison. It seems like a logical move though, as it won’t be something that will affect many home-users and they shouldn’t notice any real-world difference before the drive would need be replaced.

More details about availability, pricing and final specification should emerge soon, and we will make sure to keep you updated.

Thank you Lesnumeriques for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Lesnumeriques