A couple of generations ago there were a number of major players in the SSD marketplace, Indilinx was one, Intel another and then we had Samsung. Their P series of SSD’s compared reasonably well with models from Intel and Indilinx, outperforming those models in tasks such as large file transfers. Since then we have seen Intel release newer generation drives, Indilinx fade away and SandForce take the performance lead with their latest controller. Samsung haven’t gone the way of Indilinx though and have quietly gone about refreshing their drives and supplying large manufacturers such as Dell/Alienware with SSD’s for their pre-built systems.
The latest range of SSD’s from Samsung is the 470 Series with models available in 64, 128 and 256GB. Today we have the largest model attached to our main test PC and will compare it to models from Intel and OCZ in a selection of synthetic and real world tests.
Earlier this year Toshiba announced their new generation of SSDs, the HG6. It might not have the snappiest name but if it performs as well against the competition as their previous drives we should be in for an impressive set of figures.
It has been over a year since the 840 Pro hit the market and competitor drives have continued to evolve since then so now it’s time for Samsung to do the same. Launching today is their new 850 Pro SSD featuring many of the aspects which made the 840 Series so attractive, mixed with some evolutions in the tech used. We will be putting it up against some of the best drives the competition can offer to see how this new model performs.