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Samsung 840 EVO Solid State Drive Review

Samsung 840 EVO Solid State Drive Review

Samsung 840 EVO Solid State Drive Review

Conclusion and Rating

Samsung 840 EVO packaging

Starting as we often do with build quality and design there is little, if anything, to fault with the new 840 Evo drives. They arrive in a durable metal casing, rather than plastic which means we are off to a good start and the use of proven Samsung parts such as their own flash chips and controller means we have quality components used throughout. It is also nice to see another drive based on the 7mm form factor which minimises weight but also means we can install this in a wide range of laptops.

Moving to performance we have a drive which was released with the intention of bringing Samsung’s "value" range closer in performance to the Pro series (especially sequential) while still keeping costs as low as possible. Overall that has been achieved and throughout our testing the Evo 1TB offered competitive performance, only falling behind in any significant way on larger file copy operations. That said it excelled where we didn’t expect, HD video use which makes the 1TB version a really interesting drive for video production users. We were also a little surprised by RAPID mode. Often these sort of tools offer improvements in benchmarks but not real world use. That isn’t the case here as we saw gains in both sets of tests. As Samsung continue to evolve that feature (this is still beta) we will be interested to see how the performance changes over time.

So that brings us to value and overall Samsung do well on that front too. We get the great Magician application for free as well as a decent warranty or for those upgrading Samsung also offer a bundle with desktop/laptop kits to make your migration easier. The drives themselves start at £86.99 for 120GB and head up to £509.99 for the 1TB. That’s £50-60 more than the Crucial M500 960GB but that said we do get a few extra GB’s on the Evo than the M500 when both are formatted.

Summary
A strong addition to Samsung’s SSD range which offers a high level of build quality mixed with good performance while keeping its pricing competitive.

Updated Capacity Results: So what were our thoughts about the lower capacity models? Well overall the 500 and 750GB models offer a near identical set of results to the 1TB which makes them a great alternative if budget or needs don’t allow or require the maximum capacity version. At 120GB performance is lower but it does offer a significantly more affordable option and overall the 250GB version is closer to the 500+ than the 120GB which makes it a very nice balance of price and performance.

Samsung 840 EVO SSD
Build Quality rating 10/10
Design rating 10/10
Performance rating 10/10
Value rating 9/10
Overall rating

10/10

Gold Award

Where to buy…
Pricing:
£86.99 – 120GB
£148.99 – 256GB
£289.99 – 500GB
£415.99 – 750GB
£509.99 – 1TB

About Author

Stuart Davidson

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