First 2TB Consumer SSDs Are Now Available

Samsung announced that they would be releasing 2TB versions of their popular 850 Evo and 850 Pro families a couple of months ago, but thus far no one has spotted the drives out in the wild. That is up until now, they have been spotted in shops, are available through Samsung directly, and can be ordered from multiple online shops with others taking pre-orders until stock arrives.

While 2TB SSDs aren’t anything new in themselves, this is the firs time that we get this capacity on the consumer level and at a more reasonable price. Both drives are built with 40nm V-NAND, but not the same type. The Evo drive is built with TLC Toggle while the Pro is built with MLC Toggle NAND. The new Samsung 2TB drives are using 2GB LPDDR3 Cache to help with the performance and utilize the Samsung MHX controller.

The two series aren’t far from each other when it comes to performance. The Pro can read with 550MB/s where the Evo only does 540MB/s in sequential operations and the random performance of the Pro is 2K higher and comes in at 100K IOPS. The write performance is identical on both series with 520MB/s sequential and 90K IOPS random 4K.

I mentioned earlier that these drives come at a reasonable price, whether that is true or not probably depends on your absolute needs. The Samsung 850 Pro can be had for around 900 Euro while the  Samsung 850 Evo is a little cheaper and can be had for around 720 Euro. Those prices are actual list prices and might variate depending on the retailer. The MSRP for the drives has been set to $1000 and $800 respectively.

Samsung Announces 850 EVO SSD Featuring 3-bit V-NAND

Samsung is finally launching the 850 EVO SSD, the latest addition to its branded solid state drive lineup for consumers. Based on Samsung’s 3-bit 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology, the 850 EVO SSD should provide a significant boost in performance and endurance when compared to its predecessor. With the slogan of “a new caliber of performance & endurance,” the new drive will be globally launched in a total of 53 countries in the United States, Europe, and Asian markets later this month.

“We are thrilled to be providing users with an improved computing experience through the new 850 EVO SSDs,” said Unsoo Kim, Senior Vice President of the Branded Product Marketing team at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung will continue to introduce V-NAND-based SSDs in a variety of form factors, while accelerating the growth of the global SSD market.”

This isn’t the first drive to use 3D Vertical NAND, but where the 850 PRO used 2-bit the 850 EVO will use 3-bit 3D Vertical NAND. The drive will be released in four capacities, 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB with promised speeds of up to 540 MB/s at read operations and 520MB/s on write operations.

Samsung’s TurboWrite technology allows the 1TB version an impressive write speed of up to 90K IOPS, a welcome improvement that will allow for better multitasking experiences – but keep in mind that this is essentially just a software based ramdisk feature. The endurance for the two biggest models are rated to 80GB a day for 5 years, which isn’t too shabby either.

Next year, Samsung plans to introduce an extended line-up of the 850 EVO in mSATA and M.2 form factors to cover more device options and give more users access to the new 3D Vertical NAND technology. At this point you might not even know what that is, so I’ve attached the official video explaining it below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21gYQcxTLe0

No word on pricing yet, but qualified guesses would be the €102/$125 to €439/$539 area.

Thanks to Softpedia for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Softpedia

Samsung’s Upcoming EVO 850 1TB SSD Listed

It has been known for a while now that Samsung was getting ready to release their new SSD 850 EVO. Recent rumours and voices from the industry had suggested a November launch and those rumour seem to have been right on the money. A member over at the EVGA forums was first to discover and post the news that displayed the 850 EVO 1TB drive costing $499.99 at frys.com with an estimated shipping date of November the 3rd.

The date has been changed to November the 24th since the initial post, most likely due to the media picking up on it and Samsung sending a nice little notice to the shop. The 3rd is most likely the day resellers and distributors will start to get their stock in and the 24th will be the official release date. Samsung might want to make sure that there is sufficient stock everywhere upon launch. The new SSD 850 EVO is both highly anticipated and the release matches well with the shopping frenzy called Black Friday.

The listing also reveals speeds of 550 MB/s reading and 520MB/s writing by using the V-NAND/3D NAND type memory.

Thanks to EVGA forums for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of EVGA forums and Lesnumeriques