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 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

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AMD Has Silently Launched the FX-8310 as OEM Model

First we had the rumours about the three new AMD FX CPUs and they were also released shortly thereafter, but at the same time there were more rumours about a fourth new FX CPU from AMD. We’ve already had one of the first three on our test-bench for a review, so you can check that out if interested.

So far this has stayed a rumour and we didn’t hear much more about it, until now. AMD recently released documents that show that the FX-8310 was launched simultaneous to the other three. It was however launched silently and with a temporary OEM exclusive instead of a retail version like the other three models.

Just cause something is meant for OEM and not retail, doesn’t mean it won’t find its way to us as consumers. TigerDirect is currently selling the new FX-8310 CPUs for just $124.99. There’s also reports coming in from the Asian markets that several shops have started to carry the CPU’s there too. That is a seriously low price for an eight-core packing this kind of performance.

While this is an OEM version and not a retail package, a lot of people actually see it as a benefit. Buying an OEM version saves you to pay for all the things you don’t actually need, like stock-coolers, manuals and stickers – and lets face it, those are things that don’t matter to most of us.

You’re probably interested in the specifications of this new chip and here are the numbers. The FX-8310 is an upgraded version of the FX-8300 model. The new version has an increased base clock of 100 MHz and runs at 3.4 GHz. It isn’t fully clear yet how effective the turbo is, but it looks like it has gotten the same 100 MHz bump as the base clock. It’s still an eight core CPU with 8MB L3 cache and an unlocked multiplier. The TDP remains at 95W as well.

Thank you Chiphell for providing us with this information

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

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