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Samsung 840 Series 500GB SSD
Upgrading your PC with a Samsung 840 is the most economical way to breathe new life into an aging PC. The 840 reads, writes, and multi-tasks at incredible speeds, enhancing boot-up, application loading, and multi-tasking performance. It's more than an upgrade--it's a complete transformation of your PC. This SSD has a capacity of 500 GB.
The 840 reads, writes, and multi-tasks at incredible speeds, giving you performance you never thought possible from your PC. Its blazing-fast performance is optimized to improve everyday PC productivity, including web browsing, email, multimedia, and gaming. In addition, the 840 Series SSD enables your PC to boot up in as little as 10 seconds.
Engineered for reliability, the 840 Series SSD gives you the latest in Samsung memory technology with the highest-quality manufacturing standards. The 840 is made from 100% Samsung components, the world's #1 memory manufacturer.
And the 840 has no moving parts, which means no hard drive spin-ups, no noise, and superior data protection. To further protect your data, this SSD offers AES 256-bit full disk encryption for worry-free data security.
At only 7 millimeters thick and weighing just 2 ounces, the 840 Series SSD has a thin, lightweight design that can make your laptop lighter to carry.
And because it contains no moving parts, the ultra-energy-efficient design consumes significantly less battery power, and allows you to enjoy up to 50 minutes longer laptop battery life than a standard hard disk drive (HDD) or competitor SSD.* This product also supports Device Sleep mode for Microsoft Windows 8 to help reduce power consumption.
Samsung's Smart Data Migration software is included to make it safe and easy to migrate your data and operating system from your existing drive to the 840 Series SSD.
This SSD has a usable capacity of 500 GB, offers 512 MB of Samsung DDR2 SDRAM cache memory, and has a SATA 6b/s interface that is also backwards compatible with SATA 3 Gb/s and SATA 1.5 Gb/s. It measures 7.00 by 69.85 by 100.00 millimeters (H x W x D) and weighs 62.5 grams.
The 840 Series SSD is backed by a three-year warranty.
840 Series SSD, Samsung Data SmartMigration Software, Samsung SSD Magician software, manual CD, and quick user manual.
|Capacity||120 GB||250 GB||500 GB|
|Drive and Installation Kit**||MZ-7TD120KW||MZ-7TD250KW||MZ-7TD500KW|
|Type of Drive||Solid State Drive (SSD)|
|Form Factor||2.5-inch (Reduced 7mm thickness for use with ultraportables and netbooks)|
|For Use With||Desktop and laptop PCs (including ultraportables and netbooks)|
|Interface||SATA 6Gbits/s (backwards compatible with SATA 3Gbits/s and SATA 1.5Gbits/s)|
|Random Read Speeds||86K IOPS||96K IOPS||98K IOPS|
|Sequential Read/Write Speeds||530 MB/s / 130 MB/s||540 MB/s / 250 MB/s||540 MB/s / 330 MB/s|
|Controller||3-Core Samsung MDX Controller|
|Type of NAND Flash||2xnm Samsung Toggle DDR 2.0 NAND Flash Memory (400Mbps)|
|Type of Cache||256MB Samsung LPDDR2 SDRAM||512MB Samsung LPDDR2 SDRAM|
Samsung Magician 4.x, Samsung Smart Data Migration software
** Installation Kit also includes 3.5" bracket with screws, SATA data and power cables, mounting spacer, and SATA to USB adapter cable
|Dimensions||0.28 by 2.75 by 3.94 in. (H x W x D)|
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So Far So Good
Pros: I have five SSD Samsung drives. So far I've had good Luck with all of them. Got 2 more Samsungs on the way.
Cons: Watch out for the shipping method UPS Mail Innovations Origin. It takes longer to reach your destination.
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Jaw dropping speed
Pros: Large capacity, very fast compared to 7200 rpm HDD. My laptop boots to Fedora 16 KDE in about 12 seconds. Resume from suspend is so fast that it is done by the time the laptop lid is fully opened. Great way to rejuvenate an "old" laptop.
Cons: Buggy provided software locked up my laptop. I had to download a new version from Samsung's web site. Even so, it didn't recognize and copy my linux partitions. In the end, I booted with a Linux Live CD and used dd to clone the HDD, which fortunately was exactly the same capacity as the SDD.
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Pros: Fast and Easy to install
Cons: Firmware upgrade requires directly connect Windows machine USB attached will not allow firmware upgrades. Because of this, I only have it 4 eggs.
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Doesnt play nice with amd
Pros: Its an SSD, seems stable, wasnt to hot on the idea of TLC nand, but the price was unbeatable at the time. Holds alot of data for an ssd, I use it as my Steam games drive w/o any issues.
Cons: DOESNT play nice with amd sata driver.
Other Thoughts: I dont usually do reviews, but this is more a heads up to others. I had to roll back to the M$ standard sata controller after installing this drive. It doesnt play nice with AMD's sata controller, so be aware. Samsung Magician showed the drive was NOT in AHCI mode and couldnt detect what the sata connection was. A perf test showed almost minimal R/W IOPS speeds in that state. After ALOT of searching I discovered AMD sata drivers are not supported by the 840 series. Once I rolled back, a perf test showed speeds were vastly improved, altho still only 50 to 70% of the advertised "up to" speeds.
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Great value, if not the fastest
Pros: Tons of space for the price. Hard to believe you can get 500GB for this much (or little) dough! Magician software works well for the most part. Much faster than normal HDD's (duh)
Cons: The cloning software is a joke, don't even bother. While the sequential read and write speeds are fairly close to advertised speeds, the random read/write is WAY lower than promised. (Random Read: 47,000, write 42000)
Other Thoughts: For those cloning their existing OS, some special notes. Normal HDD's work a little different in how they store data than SSD's. Once you clone (using other software than what comes with this, trust me) you will need to "Align" your SSD using a program like gparted. You will see a huge speed increase after this. Once aligned, you will want to enable ACHI on your motherboard to see more speed increases. Before you can enable it you must do a quick registry update so Windows loads the proper ACHI drivers. Google aligning SSD and ACHI Registry fix to see how to do it.
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Pros: It's a good drive, quality build, hasn't failed yet. Neither did its 830 brothers and sisters of different storage capacity.
Cons: Not as fast as advertised, but we all know manufacturers love making up speed ratings.
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Pros: Fast like an SSD. My system is limited to SATA II speeds so real world performance is not significantly greater than the INTEL 320 160GB SSD it replaced (e.g. average boot time, as report by Windows (eventID 100) on my real world i7-860 Win-7 x64 configuration: From either SDD ~37sec; From a HD was ~213sec )
Cons: I could not use the Smart Data Migration software (http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/samsungssd/downloads.html) because my system did not meet the 20% free space on source disk requirement.
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Where's the AES Encyprtion?
Pros: Fast worked great out of the box even on my old laptop with SATA II @ 290 MB/s
Cons: Though it states there is AES encryption, I do not see the option with the SSD Magician included software.
Other Thoughts: Using bitlocker for now.
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A fast drive
Pros: Fast, Spacious, Low Power draw, Low heat (and all other SSD pluses), Samsung name and warranty.
Cons: TLC memory utilized (although not sure if that will matter in the end result, but has a lower p/e cycle by default), not as long of a warranty as some other drives (840 PRO).
Other Thoughts: I have found that this drive performs faster than the smaller SSD that it replaced. So far no issues and works super fast without issues seen in other first generation drives) even though it is using TLC memory which could in the end possibly cause issues (although Samsung is a respected manufacturer that will honor it's warranty so I am not worried as it will probably be replaced by newer and better technology long before the warranty is expired).
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Good Disk Bad description
Pros: Good disk, it offers good performance for everyday computing, I'm going to try it for gaming.
Cons: The description that NewEgg offers about this product is deceiving! THEY CLAIM that the disk offers full disk encryption while it doesn't! that's one of the main things I bought it for!
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Keep in Mind this is a TLC drive
Pros: Cost & quick performance for consumer users in comparison with other drives
Cons: Not so much a con as just something to be aware of. This is a TLC drive or "Triple Layer Cell" Vs the higher end MLC or "Multi Layer Cell" TLC drives have lower endurance and higher latencies (delays) than MLC drives. This is because they are packing more data into the same space (8 bits vs 4 bits into the same cell) thus it multiplies the times each cell is written to and takes slightly longer to read and write to each cell (mind you this is in nanoseconds so you won't notice much of a difference). In the end that translates to a lower lifespan in comparison to an MLC drive. That being said most ipods use TLC.
Other Thoughts: Overall this is a great drive for the price and most people won't know the difference between this and the higher end drive. If your using this drive strictly as an Operating system drive and don't plan on writing to it too many times then you'll be fine. The perfect example of this is the iPod and other MP3 Players. It uses TLC and it's a perfect application for it as you're not writing/rewriting data to the drive very often. Most of the time you're only reading the music data off the disc in order to play it.
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Accessories not included
Pros: works great
Cons: The package does NOT include "Samsung Data SmartMigration software".
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