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SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

  • 2.5"
  • 256GB
  • SATA III
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Learn more about the SAMSUNG MZ-7PD256BW

General

Brand
SAMSUNG
Series
840 Pro Series
Model
MZ-7PD256BW
Device Type
Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Used For
Consumer

Physical

Form Factor
2.5"
Capacity
256GB
Memory Components
MLC
Interface
SATA III
Controller
Samsung MDX Controller
Height
7mm

Performance

Sustained Sequential Read
540 MB/s
Sustained Sequential Write
520MBps
4KB Random Read
Up to 100,000 IOPS
4KB Random Write
Up to 90,000 IOPS
MTBF
1,500,000 hours

Features

Features
Experience PC performance you never thought possible

Enables you to boot up your computer in as little as 15 seconds

Energy efficient - improves battery life by up to 50 minutes

Solid-state design provides greater shock protection for data and brushed metal case blocks dust and corrosion

Worry-free data security with AES 256-bit full-disk encryption

100-percent genuine Samsung components from the #1 memory manufacturer in the world

4th-generation 3-Core Samsung MDX Controller ensures sustained performance under the most punishing conditions

Environmental

Power Consumption (Idle)
0.054W
Power Consumption (Active)
0.069W

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years


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  • Andrew H.
  • 3/28/2013 3:36:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMakes me feel old.

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: This drive is ridiculous. To just say "it's fast" would be so inadequate as to be offensive. Gone are the days of launching BF3 then going into the kitchen to grab a drink and a snack, maybe take out the trash along the way. Now I can't get up to turn off the lights before I'm already in-game. (Not exaggerating)

With the current setting I am running on the Magician software, I'm actually getting higher Read/Write speeds then the drive advertises, I'm getting "559/534MBps" on the average of 5 tests. Although my IOPS are much less "68,621/62,456 IOPS", again that's due to my current configuration.

So far, this drive has been the epitome of my new build. Yes I do enjoy all the eye candy these games have to offer, but honestly, the ability to play and load this fast makes things so seamless that I wouldn't trade it for anything. (other than a couple "Titan's" that is)

On a more serious note; If you are debating between drives, buy what fits your needs and your budget. Any SSD will be astronomically faster than an HDD, after that you start getting into how much space you need and the reliability of the drives.

When Buying this drive, know that this is 100% Samsung. The NAND is manufactured by Samsung, so is the controller, the cache, the firmware and the software. This makes it extremely reliable (especially since they did it right). Why else would you get a 5yr Warranty on it?

Be sure to have AHCI and TRIM enabled when using an SSD and to set your power mode on "High Performance", or at least set the SSD to "Never turn off" otherwise the TRIM and Garbage collection won't operate to its proper potential. You want to make sure the drive is as fast at 95% Used Capacity as it was out of the box.

Cons: This thing makes me feel old and slow. It won't let me use the restroom or grab a drink between matches...

The price is still a bit high, grabbing an 830 at a good price would be a better investment IMO, but if you want those higher speeds, this drive won't disappoint.

Other Thoughts: On a different but earnest note, please stop rating products poorly on the sole basis that you received a device that was DOA. Maybe if you had 2 or 3 in a row sure... there could definitely be a fault with the product revision then.

Also please stop giving poor evaluations due to a lack of accessories, if you want them, pay more for the versions that come with them, just test the product and give you assessment based on performance and reliability rather than pent up frustration due to life and its everyday quirks. It doesn't help the community nor does it provide any valuable information to help people making an investment.

Nice to see Manufacturers still giving case badges.

Also, for those debating on which storage capacity to go with for gaming, I have Window's 7, BF3, Bioshock 2, War of Thunder, World of Tanks, Planet Side 2, Arma II/Operation Arrowhead, DayZ, along with 6GB of music and other misc programs and I'm sitting at 136GB free of 238GB

(Remember that "Over Provisioning" will set 10% aside to accommodate for NAND failure later down the road so you won't lose any information on the drive. Also to prolong the life of your drive, never fill the SSD completely, leave a few GB's on top of the Over Provisioning for TRIM and Garbage Collection.

(I apologize for any typo's and grammatical errors, it's 5:30am now and I'm exhausted) ^_^

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  • Eric D.
  • 11/8/2012 7:16:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: I replaced a Samsung 830 with this unit. AS SSD scored as follows (first run:) Seq. Read=515.73, Seq. Write=496.90 Overall Score=1137. Very happy with the performance of this drive.

Cons: None as of yet.

Other Thoughts: The drive is great, I do have to comment about Newegg though: I preordered this unit and it officially arrived at Newegg 11/6/2012. The next day Newegg advertises this same unit at the same price with a free Assassin's Creed 3 coupon. Contacted Newegg asking if they would extend the coupon offer but they refused.

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  • Michael T.
  • 11/25/2012 12:38:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsOutstanding Performance, Reliability

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: My opinion is the Samsung 830, 840, 840 Pro SSD drives are outstanding, and best in class.

History: I bought two of the 830s. One 830 512G drive in my laptop, using Magician Software to maintain performance (garbage collection trim after filling drive). Second 830 256G added to Mac Mini 2011 as second drive (iFixit kit) for running Virtual Machines. I am now pricing 840 or 840 Pro for a second laptop drive.

In these reviews, the most negative, yet helpful rating on the 840 Pro product now has OUTDATED information.

There were many 840, 840 Pro reported failures at Anantech and Hardforum, but no failures on latest firmware.

All reported failures at Anandtech and HardForum were older firmware:
Old: 840 Pro with firmware DXM02B0Q
Old: 840 with firmware DXT05B0Q

No failures have been reported on newest firmware.

Newest version, retail shipping:
New: 840 Pro with firmware DXM03B0Q

Newest version, retail shipping:
New: 840 with firmware DXT06B0Q

Anand verified 840 and 840 Pro dead unit's firmware versions. Quote: Basically, run these commands:

set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
cd %SystemRoot%\System32
start devmgmt.msc

and then use the mouse to choose: View > Show Hidden Devices

and you will have the usual device manager window except it will show devices that are no longer attached to your system.

Cons: The question remains if Anandtech and Hardforum will update performance reviews using the new firmware.

Other Thoughts: I am confident the 840 Pro is a great value because it includes a 5 year warranty. The 840 has a 3 year warranty. If I was shopping for a new SSD today I would immediately consider the 840, 840 Pro as the top choice.

Samsung has actively updated and improved the Magician Software and drive firmware over the last year.

I am an Newegg Eggxpert and have posted reviews of other products, but not any SSDs. Newegg has not provided me any SSD to review.

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  • Bruce C.
  • 6/13/2013 2:38:32 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsProbably The Best Current SSD

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: For a couple of years I have been an avid fan of the Crucial M4 series SSDs (own four of them) because of their well-deserved reputation for reliability even though their sequential read speeds are somewhat below the best and their sequential write speeds are well below the best -- about 1/2 of the very best available.

Being a Crucial fan, I eagerly awaited their new M500 series thinking they would surely (and finally) offer a top-flight performer. However, after reading several reviews on the 120 and 240 GiG versions I was disappointed to learn that in some areas the performance didn't measure up to the earlier M4 series. In fact, one reviewer commented:

"The 240GB model behaves more like a 120GB drive, and it's at a clear disadvantage versus its direct rivals. That makes the smaller M500 [smaller than the 480 GiG model] difficult to recommend."

So I began looking for alternatives. I investigated the top-of-the-line OCZs, but there were just too many comments about poor reliability so I decided to look elsewhere.

While poring over reviews, I noted that Samsung consistently gets outstanding marks for performance and has also earned a good reputation for reliability. I began reading reviews for the new(er) 840 PRO series and decided to try the 256 GiG model which gets excellent reviews.

The Samsung 256 GiG 840 PRO comes with a disc that includes two very helpful pieces of software: a very easy-to-use cloning program (Crucial charges extra for their cloning software but includes a USB 3.0 to SATA cable. Samsung does not charge for the software, but does not include a cable). Also included is the Samsung "Magician" utility software that allows you to automatically choose/configure between "Max Performance," or "Max Reliability," or allows you to manually select some features of each.

The "Magician" also provides you with the total number of GiGs written to your SSD (Crucial makes no provision to display "use" statistics). Additionally, Magician tells you if you have the latest firmware version and if not you can download the update with one click of your mouse (nothing like this from Crucial). It also includes benchmarking software that allows you to store performance results for future comparison/reference. There is also a provision that let's you easily set up your SSD for "over provisioning" and turn it on or off.

Additionally, the 840 PRO series comes with an industry-leading 5 year warranty.

Cons: Nothing significant. Initially, the Magician firmware update feature did not work properly on my computer but a call to Samsung tech support resolved that issue (an 800 number, but be prepared to be on hold for 20-30 minutes. Samsung's tech support for SSDs is a very small shop).

Other Thoughts: Price: At the time of my purchase, the Samsung 256 GiG 840 PRO was selling for $219.99 and the Crucial M500 240 GiG was selling for $209.99. However, as mentioned above, (all) Samsung SSDs comes with cloning software which costs about $20.00 extra with Crucial.

Performance: I benchmark every SSD I purchase for later reference. On day one, my Crucial M4 256 GiG benchmarked at 480.5 MB/s sequential read and 264.1 sequential write. Random 4K speed was 19.28 MB/s read, and 46.52 MB/s write (CrystalDiskMark).

On day one my Samsung 256 GiG 840 PRO benchmarked at: 529.1 MB/s sequential read and 491.4 sequential Write. Random 4K speed was 25.41MB/s read, and 55.28 MB/s write (CrystalDiskMark). All of these read/write results out perform the newer Crucial 240 GiG M500 in the same areas. The Samsung also copied a 500 MB file about 9 seconds faster than my Crucial 256 GiG M4.

User experience: The Samsung 840 PRO is measurably faster than the Crucial M4 and M500 series, and has a very discernible "snappier" feel to it, but (subjectively) it does not blow the Crucials away. It's just noticeably faster overall. I was so pleased with the first Samsung 256 GiG 840 PRO that I purchased a second one for my laptop and got similar results. Additionally, I have observed no discernible difference in battery life with respect to the Crucials vs. the Samsungs.

Summary: I am still a fan of Crucial but, for now, the Samsung PRO SSDs occupy a higher rung on my ladder of favorites. The latest 120 and 240 GiG offerings from Crucial compete (performance-wise) more with Samsung's standard 840 series rather than Samsung's higher performance 840 PRO series (at the time of my purchase, the Crucial M500 240 GiG was priced more in line with the Samsung PRO series. Currently, there is more price separation between the two). Performance-wise, and included software wise, the Samsung 840 PRO series out performs the current Crucial offerings.

In closing, it should be noted that what I have observed about the Samsung PRO series does NOT translate down to the Samsung non PRO series. The Samsung **standard 840** (NON pro) series use TLC NANDS which have significantly lower write endurance expectancy than the MLC NANDs used in Samsung 840 PRO series and also in the Crucial M4/M500 series -- (in plain words, the life expectancy of the Samsung standard 840 series is shorter than the life expectancy of the Crucial M4/M500 series and the Samsung PRO series).

The Samsung 840 PRO series is Highly recommended.

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  • Christopher P.
  • 4/5/2013 12:40:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAHCI and Firmware!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Very fast!

Cons: Look at "Other thoughts"

Other Thoughts: I WAS getting some lock-ups and not insane speed UNTIL I went to the Samsung website and downloaded Samsung Magician software which lets you update the firmware and then changed to AHCI mode in BIOS and it works FANTASTIC now! <<Dont forget to do these things!

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  • Ranze P.
  • 11/29/2012 9:51:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest SSD so far

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: This SSD is extremely fast. I even beat the AS SSD benchmark score that was done by other reputable SSD reviewers on this Samsung 840 Pro (256GB version). My benchmark on this SSD using AS SSD that I just did like 5 minutes ago hit 1109 overall score! And that was using a cloned OS, not a fresh install! I wish I can post the image here. Also on the description, Samsung states that this drive is rated at Sustained Sequential Read of 540 MB/s and Sustained Sequential Write 520 MB/s.. but in my own testing using ATTO Disk benchmark, it even goes beyond that--I've hit 560 MB/s on read and 530 MB/s on writes! I've used other SSDs such as ones from Plextor, Mushkin, Kingston HyperX etc. but this is the first SSD where I can say that I truly felt a difference in increased performance. Don't get me wrong, The other SSDs I've used before are all SATA III and are extremely fast also but man... Samsung's 840 Pro is not just fast, its smokin' fasssssst! I was lucky to get this a little cheaper during last Black Friday sale with the discount code and free download of Assasin's Creed III!

By the way, I've read here that some people are having problems downloading AC3 but I didn't encounter such issues. The game doesn't use Steam but something similar called "Uplay" by Ubisoft which seems pretty ok so far. I didn't experience any crashes or noticeable bugs when I played the game. I'm on a really fast connection and I downloaded all 15gigs of it in a couple of hours. Assasin's Creed 3 is a very nice game Samsung included for us.

Cons: I'm one of the first people that jumped in to buy this new SSD from Samsung so I was a little worried when I later read on Anandtech's review site that the 840 Pro SSD he got from Samsung died later on during his testing. He got a replacement but that also died. I hope Samsung has fixed any issues regarding this before this SSD was launch on the mainstream. So far I have no issues so the only thing I'm worried about now is its reliability which only time can tell. Having a 5 year warranty also helps.

Ah.. also, Samsung didn't include an actual cloning software. Instead, now they try to direct us to a separate download link of Samsung Migration Tool which I had no success on making it work. It just keep failing on cloning my SSD that has my OS in it. I don't really want to buy a separate program just to clone my SSD so I've searched around the web and in forums and found "AOMEI Partition Assistant Home Edition 5.1" which is a rare quality software that is completely free! It's freeware with no ads or nags. I was skeptical at first but this program cloned my main SSD perfectly! Samsung should just contact AOMEI and bundle it with their SSD as AOMEI also says their partition software is free for private and commercial use.. and most of all.. it simply works!

The Samsung SSD Magician Software that comes with this SSD is version 3.2. I've heard there should be a version 4.0 but I can't find it anywhere. Sometimes SSD Magician will alert me that there is a new update for it but when I click the link, I'm directed to a page that isn't available which is pretty annoying. Version 3.2 works good but if there is a version 4.0, I would like to see it.

Other Thoughts: I also have the new OCZ Vertex 4 (512GB version) which is also pretty fast and scores 1000+ on AS SSD but I don't use it too boot up my OS or even tried using it as my main OS drive. I use it mainly to run a few selected games and programs I have that needs a speed boost when loading and it does a fine job with that.

Maybe if I have waited a little bit more, I would like to get their new OCZ Vector Series too but I'm way over my budget as it is and I owe Newegg a bunch of reviews to write.

Here's my main rig:

Corsair 600T White Edition PC Case
Asus P8Z68 Deluxe/Gen3 Motherboard
Intel i7 2700k OC'ed to 4500Ghz
Samsung 840 Pro SSD 256GB (Main OS)
OCZ Vertex 4 SSD 512GB (Selected Games and Programs)
Seagate 3TB SATA III 7200RPM HDD x3 (Storage Drives)
Thermaltake Extreme 2.0 CPU Liquid Cooling
EVGA GTX 680 Classified x2 in SLI Config
G.Skill Ripjaws X RAMs 2133 @ 9-11-10-28 1T timings
BenQ XL2420TX 3D Monitor @ 120Hz refresh rate
Plextor PX-LB950SA Bluray burner CD/DVD/Bluray drive

Running Windows 7 SP1 x64 bit OS

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  • Hallie P.
  • 1/1/2013 3:12:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat SSD

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: I purchased two 256gb SSD's and set them up in RAID 0. Worked without a hitch in windows 7. Getting consistent read and write speeds easily over 1000 mb/s in crystal mark. Significant upgrade over my previous intel SSD.
TRIM seems to be working in RAID which is great as well

Cons: They are expensive but I think they are worth it if you have the money.

Other Thoughts: File transfers are instant, boot time is blazing and there is no load time in games. They are awesome!
It's running great on an msi mpower board, with i5 3570k.

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  • Joe M.
  • 7/16/2014 8:30:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill Going Strong

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast loads, runs cool, quiet

Cons: It doesn't solve world hunger or allow me to take over the world.

Other Thoughts: Been rocking out this 840pro for over a year now and unlike a lot of traditional hard drives, this little thing still boots/runs as fast as it did the first day I installed it. Just think, no more defrags, everything stays on the drive and doesn't get jumbled around from one side of the drive to the other (if you use the correct software to manage it, basically it "defrags" as it writes the data).

I don't have the fastest load times of some other people's builds, but I restart my entire system in about 17 seconds. That is massive compared to some of my older "fast" systems where a reboot could take a full minute or more! It's especially awesome for Windows updates, so many of them need a restart and when you have 200+ updates on a fresh install, speed is everything to ensure you don't go crazy waiting.

I chose this pro over the regular version because it had a warranty that lasted two more years. Since this was my first SSD, I figured I'd spend the extra money, I wasn't so worried about the faster read/write times, since I don't use any programs that can harness that kind of (constant) speed. I was a bit worried about the capacity, but I figured I store the majority of my files on a secondary drive, leaving this as my main program drive, I'm still only using half the drive!

My current setup looks like this:

Win7, 64bit
Intel i5 3570k (not overclocked)
Geforce GTX460 SSC, 1gig with dual Samsung XL2370 monitors at 1920x1080
ASUS P8Z77-v
8gigs G.Skill RAM
Seasonic M12II 620watt bronze PSU (overkill for my system, but the price was right).

Also running a Western Digital, 1.5TB HDD as backup/storage.

I keep looking at other SSD's, but I keep coming back to Samsung. I think the ONLY other alternative I would choose is Intel, I read somewhere that they still outsource one of their components, but it's made by Samsung anyways. I'm thinking if I have to replace this, I'll step down from the Pro series and go with the standard drives, I figure by the time that happens, the technology will be better, faster and cheaper (these drives used to be over $1000).

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  • edward k.
  • 1/3/2014 12:52:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDrive is Demon on Speed

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Again back to say< this drive is amazing piece of technical mastery. It seems to be absolutely flawless and reliable. Again, never worked on such a fast drive. This should last for a long time, I'm using it now and I complete tasks in record time. I love this and will love it for a long time!

Cons: No cons

Other Thoughts: Blue and Purple Unicorns

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  • David L.
  • 12/12/2013 12:05:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJustifiable hype

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast(est)
Reliable
Good-Looking

Cons: Doesn't come with any sort of mounting tray.

I did the only sensible thing one can do in this situation--custom drilled 2 holes in the bottom of the unused 3.5" bays of my Rosewill Challenger and mounted the drive horizontal such that the Samsung logo was lit up and visible through the front of the mesh bay cover and the SATA connectors were accessible with a bit of Dremmel work just above the standard HDD bays.

Other Thoughts: Did I mention this thing is fast?

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  • David W.
  • 10/9/2013 4:31:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSamsung 840 Pro Series

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Terrific Product. The best out there at this time.

Cons: Not a complaint about the product. A complaint is about the warranty. Newegg says 5 Yr. and Samsung says 3Yr. Be ready for it upon registration with Samsung. I do not know what gives?

Other Thoughts: Both sites should get together and fix this problem. I feel deceived and let down. I gave a four star for the product, not the warranty problem.

Manufacturer Response:

timeoday45:

Thank you for purchasing the Samsung 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW SSD.

Please be informed that the warranty period for this model is 5 years. We are in the process of updating this information on Samsung.com.

~ Samsung Printer_Monitor_PC

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  • Willy V.
  • 1/23/2013 4:59:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe Time Is Now Folks.

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Super Fast, You get what you pay for. Programs & Apps load extremely fast. Cold boots are fast & restarts are crazy fast so fast that I need to keep an eye on it if not I think I never restarted the system.

Cons: Wish it could be even more cheaper in price so I could afford more of them, but not really a con.

Other Thoughts: I jumped to this ssd from my current WD VelociRaptor 10K drive mainly due to I do so many video renders & play a good bit of MMO's & other current gen games that require lots of textures beng loaded up quickly. Also game maps load very fast but that is to be expected when using a good SSD over even the fastest mechanical hard drives.

Over all this has to be one of the best upgrades ever to my system as even my raptor drive was the bottleneck of my system which uses dual gtx 680 ftw in sli, rampage iv extreme along with my i7-3930K.

After using this for such a short time I dont ever wanna go back to a regular drive for my gaming or work systems. Now I just need to do the same to my laptops as well.

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  • Rick H.
  • 11/9/2012 9:13:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat, but missing software

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: The SSD itself is fantastic, one of the very fastest available, and though it's too soon to tell about reliability yet, the previous model 830 was known for being extremely reliable. Very low power drain for notebooks, long 5 year warranty.

Cons: According to reviews and Samsung's own product support site, this SSD was supposed to ship with new SSD Magician version 4.0 and a new SmartMigration hard drive data migration utility. But the included CD only contained some warranty PDFs and SSD Magician 3.2, which still refers to migrating using the 830's custom version of the lousy Norton Ghost program, which wasn't included but can be downloaded from Samsung's site if you really want (but you're better off without it, it's widely considered pretty awful).

Unfortunately, unlike a previous reviewer who said it was a breeze (care to give us a hint?) I was totally unable to find this new data migration app anywhere online, including on Samsung's support site and through general Googling. But fortunately, I *was* able to find a very nice alternative free hard drive migration app called AOMEI Partition Assistant that did a great, easy job of migrating my OS for me, including handling the hidden system partition and SSD alignment issues.

And finally, like another mentioned, I was also punished for ordering too soon after these were shown in stock, and missed out on the free game coupon. I'm surprised Newegg is jerking us around this way, they're not usually like that.

Other Thoughts: Since I suspect that my missing software problems are rushed releasing pains and will soon be fixed in later packages, if they haven't been already, I'm not counting off any eggs for it. Hopefully a temporary glitch with an otherwise awesome product.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Samsung Customer

We regret to hear of your inconvinience while trying to migrate your existing data.

Samsung is currently offering the "Samsung Data Migration tool" free of charge to all of our Samsung SSD customers,

the download URL is at www.samsung.com/samsungsdd

The "Samsung Data Migration Tool" allows you to migrate your data in three simple steps and works with any Branded Samsung SSD's (470,830,840 and 840 Pro series)

Thank you for choosing Samsung SSD

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  • Thomas F.
  • 11/8/2012 2:33:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPro Features

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Slightly faster that my 830 series SSD. On board 256 bit Full Disk Encryption.

Cons: No info on how to enable the 256 bit Full Disk Encryption (FDE)

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  • Kevin N.
  • 3/25/2014 12:58:16 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsFast, easy and quiet

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: *Fast. I run a pair of these RAID0 and my beast of a PC boots like a champ even after loading it up something fierce.
*Drives are tiny. This is more a comparison to standard 3 1/2 than anything as all SSD's are much smaller but this was a major factor for me as i was trying to keep air moving for the monster video cards i put in.
*Stability. I have had the drives installed for quite some time ( 1 1/2 years) and never a flaw.

Cons: Maybe price at the time of purchase. That being said, you get what you pay for and i wanted some good gear.
Even with a raid set, 512GB formatted is not considered a lot of space to a heavy gamer.

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  • Juan A.
  • 2/7/2014 10:22:57 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsFast....very Fast

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: This SSD is extremely fast. When it came out it was simply the fastest SATA SSD you could buy in the consumer space.
Today, it is still the fastest in many metrics. I believe only the OCZ Vector rivals the Samsung 840 proc. But given OCZ's problems I stayed away from them for this purchase (all my other SSD, I own 4 others, are OCZ).

Cons: None. Absolutely none at all!

Other Thoughts: Just get one... or better yet two... of these already. At three or more you start getting diminishing performance returns (Raid 0).

I bought two and have them in RAID 0 on a Gigabyte Z87X UD5H motherboard (i7-4770K CPU). They are connected to the main Intel chip (the board also has 4 SATA ports on a Marvell controller).
My benchmarks show Read speeds just north of 1.1 GB/s and Write speeds just above 1.0 GB/s. Sequential, of course.
Random reads and writes also beat my previous OCZ Vertex 3 RAID 0 array. Especially in the write metrics since you pay such a high penalty with SandForce equipped SSDs with incompressible data.

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  • Wesley L.
  • 1/4/2014 5:28:33 AM
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5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast and easy to install

Cons: Doesn't come with Data Transfer cable so I had to buy one, that is just annoying because I got the SSD on Friday so had to wait to get the cable till Tuesday. Besides that just the cost is kinda high but for the speed really equals out but none of the SSD's I have looked at from Samsung come with the Transfer Cable which is stupid because most people like myself will be in need of it to move our OS so we don't have to re-install.

Other Thoughts: Well worth the price if you want one the fastest SSD's out there if not the fastest that is because in every review I see it comes out on top. But then again you could go with the EVO that they just came out with not too long ago those can have up to 1TB of storage which is amazing! But it costs more than the 512GB 840 PRO which is faster. But more SSD storage is better I guess. Plus it's not that much slower.

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  • Mariemma T.
  • 12/6/2013 11:42:50 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsBest of the Best, Period..

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Everyone knows the pro's, no need to get into this again. The best pro that this drive has is it's reliability, I have never seen a failure whatsoever since they came out and I own 3 of these (wife owns 2) for a total of 5 drives. The write speeds are stupid fast, games open in an instant and loading times are cut by 75% vs. platter drives. 2 of these raided and you have yourself a rocket ship. PC takes 6-7 seconds to boot from the time I press the power button till I have windows fully loaded. Need I say more?

Cons: No such thing..

Other Thoughts: Just ordered another one for a new prodigy build and was able to sn4tch it on cyber monday for $199.99. Also got a 128 Pro for $99.99. Gotta love the egg!

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  • JAMES B.
  • 10/31/2013 8:11:50 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsSSD on the front lines

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: This is my second experience with SSD's. It just arrived today and I was none to slow installing it into one of my slower Window 7 rigs. I've heard horror stories about migrating data from older Sata-HDD to newer Sata-SSD's but Samsung handled this task like a pro. The difference between booting from HDD to SSD is night and day. The HDD took a few minutes to get up to power, but the SSD with the same files takes less than 10-seconds till it's firing on all cylinders. The network is 'Online' so fast, if you blink you'll miss it making the connection.

Cons: Absolutely none.

Other Thoughts: Now one thing I want to make very clear, Don't Use Your New SSD Drive To Store Big Files On. Once your computer is switched to SSD as the bootdrive, get a HDD (1TB or larger) to be your storage drive for large files such as photos, music, videos, program files and downloads. Putting these large files onto a SSD will slow it down. Get a HDD, initialize it, make it your storage drive, then move / transfer all your heavy files to it. Make your SSD (Drive Letter C), make your HDD (Drive Letter D). Train your computer to send all files to D-Drive ONLY and leave your C-Drive to start and load your computer. The speed will knock your socks off.

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  • Ryan C.
  • 10/29/2013 9:07:33 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsHigh Quality at a Moderate Price

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: A surprisingly fast drive, even by SSD standards. Windows loaded quicker than I've ever seen and loading games is quicker than ever. Gone are the days of trying to find something to occupy your time while loading!

The price was a little more than some of the others on the market in the same range, but the quality of Samsung really shows through here. I've compared to some of the other SSD's I've used and this has blown everything else at it's price point out of the water.

Cons: None that I could note. Very satisfied customer.

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  • Nicolas O.
  • 7/23/2013 2:11:10 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsBest OS drive I have ever owned

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: -It is the best SSD on the market currently.
Benchmark Results
-Sequential Read -->552 MB/s
-Sequential Write -->524 MB/s
-Random Read -->97,859 IOPS
-Random Write -->76,320 IOPS
(These were done with OS/programs already installed on the drive a month after purchase)
Your mileage may vary.

Cons: -None.

Other Thoughts: I went from a standard WD 1TB 7,200 rpm HDD to this SSD as my operating system drive and the performance boost has been amazing.
Map loads used to take me about 30 seconds can now be done in under 2.

My current build:
CPU - Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz Processor
Motherboard - Asus Z87-PRO ATX LGA1150
Memory - G.Skill Ripjaws X 16GB DDR3-1600
GPU - GeForce GTX 780 3GB
SSD - Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB (x2)
PSU - Corsair 850W 80 PLUS Gold
Case - Cooler Master HAF X
HSF - Noctua NH-D14

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  • Matthew J.
  • 5/30/2013 9:02:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsToo Stronk

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: TLDR: Stupidly fast.

- Boot times are incredible:
My rig takes just about as long to POST as it does to boot into Windows - around 8.2 seconds after POST** (See other thoughts). To clarify; I'm not talking about 8.2 seconds until you see the desktop background. I'm talking 8.2 seconds and the computer is almost in an idle state and ready to use with my normal startup applications running and ready to go (Skype, Steam, Origin etc).

- Benchmarks:
I'm currently getting benchmarks that are better than advertised. Sitting at 555 reads/525 writes (110k 4k random reads, 94k 4k random writes).

- Noticeable difference in loading times:
I won't sit here and try to fool you into thinking that all apps have DRAMATICALLY reduced loading times, but there definitely is a noticeable difference with a lot of apps- especially while gaming.

- Dat Windows Experience Index:
A fairly useless metric, but still awesome to have gone from a 5.7 "Primary hard disk" rating to a 7.9.

Cons: A funny/ironic "con":
My rig boots so fast that I can't get connected to my router fast enough via a wireless NIC and Steam/Origin times out saying I have no active internet connection.

So my only con is that it's too fast...

Other Thoughts: I run an Asrock z77 Extreme6 mobo that has two different SATA controllers. When the SSD is plugged into the proprietary Asrock SATA 3 ports using their controllers, my boot times are easily under 9 seconds after POST. However, the SSD benchmarks at around 1/2 of advertised speeds (~370 reads/320 writes and 50k random 4k read/writes). If they are plugged into the Intel proprietary ports with their associated controllers, the boot time sits around 20 seconds (Hangs for about 12-14 secs when you first see the "Starting Windows" logo) - but I get better than advertised benchmarks across the board (See above). This may or may not be remedied by modifying a few settings in the BIOS which I haven't gotten around to doing yet and I will update this review accordingly. This, of course, in no way affects the overall rating of the SSD itself.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/23/2013 9:03:05 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsThe fastest SSD I have ever used

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Simple install. Incredible speed and stability. No issues of any kind. Comes with Samsung Magician 3.2, which you can use to update firmware, optimize your Windows OS for SSD operation, and perform routine maintenance if you should feel the need and your OS does not support TRIM (like XP). I have nothing but good things to say about this SSD, and it is worth the price. I also own a Samsung 830 Series SSD in the same capacity so I can directly compare the two. I use the 830 Series as a secondary SSD in my system dedicated to game installs. The 840 Pro is the OS/primary. Benchmarks are presented in the Other Thoughs section. The warranty is long...five years. I have not ever been let down by Samsung SSDs, and will continue to buy them as they are the most innovative and convenient SSDs I have come across and this is from someone who has installed Plextor M3s, Crucial M4s, and various SandForce SF-2281 based SSDs. One important thing to note is the speed you see is the speed you get with Samsung SSDs...they do not rely on compressable data to increase write speeds and perform identically no matter what kind of data they are writing. Finally, Samsung Magician 4.0 has been released and can be downloaded from the Samsung website. It has a much prettier and friendly interface plus pre-set OS optimization profiles to choose from.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: My rig:

MSI Z77A-G45 GAMING, v. 17.0 BIOS
Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3-1866 9-9-9-27, 16 GB (4 X 4GB sticks), 1.5V
Core i7-3770K
Corsair H110 water cooler
Samsung 840 Pro SSD, 256 GB as OS/Primary
Samsung 830 SSD, 256GB as secondary gaming-only
EVGA FTW nVidia GTX 670 video card
WD Blue 1TB as mass storage
ASUS Xonar DX sound card
ASUS DVD/RW
Seasonic X-Series 650W, Gold Certified modular PSU
Logitech G400
iOne X-Armor Cherry MX Brown mechanical keyboard
Klipsch Promedia 2.1 system and Razor ORCA cans
Viewsonic AH-IPS LED backlit 27" display VX2770Smh
Cooler Master HAF XM case
Windows 7 64 bit OEM SP1

Benchmarks, ATTO 2.47, all obtained from the setup above with the Intel AHCI driver 11.5 series.

All results are in MB/s.

SSD 840 Pro 256GB Results:

File size .................Write...................Read
.5K...........................55.......................61
1K............................101....................112
2K............................187....................225
4K............................294....................328
8K............................387....................436
16K..........................411...................380
32K..........................425...................460
64K..........................477...................521
128K........................527...................554
256K thru 8MB.......535...................559

SSD 830 256 GB Results:

File size .................Write...................Read
.5K...........................34........................20
1K............................67........................27
2K............................123.....................34
4K............................222.....................205
8K............................352.....................329
16K..........................381....................438
32K..........................407....................474
64K..........................413....................507
128K....................... 413...................548
256K thru 8MB.......414...................548

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  • Markus C.
  • 5/7/2013 4:15:38 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Its a Samsung. Extremely fast drive, low power consumption, insane read/write and IOPS scores for a single drive, 7.9 in WEI. 5 year warranty.

Cons: Not gonna knock an egg off but Samsung.... no mounting bracket/adapter for computer cases? Nice sticker by the way but you coulda gave me an adapter too! It's cool though, drive is a beast.. .. love you long time.

Other Thoughts: I went from two WD 500 GB SATA II drives in RAID 0. This drive alone smokes that setup all day long. Cant wait to get a second one and stripe these puppies too.

**Make sure you flash your Motherboard BIOS first before you install this drive and enable AHCI in your BIOS settings. I was getting half the advertised read/write speeds but once I flashed my motherboard BIOS, it was all good. Windows 7 Boots in about 7-9 seconds or so. Installed Windows 7 Pro 64 bit from first dvd boot to desktop in about 8 minutes.

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  • Keenan S.
  • 4/28/2013 11:46:29 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat for the computer addict on a diet.

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: There is no way to overstate how amazing an SSD is. There was a time when I would keep my computer on 24/7, putting off important updates for weeks or months just to avoid restarting. Those horrible long boot times, and then after windows is up comes the even worse standstill waiting for startup programs to finish loading.

Now I turn my computer on and off all the time, and when something wants a restart, I just sit back, pick my nose for 5 seconds, and contemplate running to fetch a snack from the fridge - but I never get to, because by then everything is already back up and running. SSDs make for a great diet, because your computer will never give you free time to go get food again!

Cons: The same drive everyone gets is a tiny little box that can fit in laptops along with everything else. I wanted a Big Manly drive to fit with my giant monolithic desktop tower!

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  • Michael C.
  • 4/25/2013 8:45:37 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsFast drive

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: It's really, really fast in benchmarks. But I'm upgrading from a decent older SSD (I need the space), and while this drive trounces just about anything out there in benchmarks, I don't see much real word difference. Coming from a hard disk though, you'd notice the difference right away.

Cons: Samsung's Magician software optimizes Windows for an SSD. Part of this is disabling SuperFetch, which I get, but it causes problems. Outlook complains about it when running a search, and under Windows 8 you can't enable File History while SuperFetch is turned off.

Other Thoughts: The Magician software (v. 3.2) won't initially run under Windows 8. Enabling compatibility mode takes care of this, and it works fine.

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  • Quincy J.
  • 3/26/2013 10:12:55 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsFast delivery & smooth installation!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Ordered on Thursday, received on Monday. Installed as an upgrade from my current 128GB SSD system drive. I installed and ran the included migrating software and in less than ten minutes my Win-7 system was swapped to the new unit. After switching the data cable and rebooting, The system came up without a hitch!

Cons: The SSD didn't open it's own package and strap itself into my computer!

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  • Bradley H.
  • 1/20/2013 1:58:01 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsSo far so good

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: This is my first SSD and so far so good. After setting my BIOS's SATA mode to AHCI I installed Windows and have had no issues. The included Samsung software will automatically set various Windows settings to be optimized for the SSD.

* One of the best reviewed SSDs out there right now
* 5-year warranty
* Windows 7 boots from logo to desktop in about 5 seconds.
* As expected, general usage of Windows is very snappy and game loading times are faster.

Cons: Price is slightly higher than some competition, but the 5-year warranty helps justify it.

Other Thoughts: I did not use the data copy software as I was well over due for a fresh Windows install. Including a 3.5" to 2.5" mounting bracket would have been a nice touch

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  • Fred C.
  • 1/8/2013 3:54:45 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsBest Laptop Drive

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: I am delighted with this drive.

I purchased it to replace a mechanical drive in a Lenovo X220 tablet running Windows 8.

I was a little dissatisfied with the two SSD drives I had purchased previously, so I took the time to research this well before I bought it.

This drive is perfect for an extra small laptop or tablet. It has the smallest form factor available in an SSD, and more importantly, it seems to have the lowest power consumption of all the drives I checked.

It supports Trim instructions and RAID arrays, although I tested it in AHCPI mode. The drive is amazingly fast, one of the fastest drives I've found on NewEgg.

It has a 50% longer mean lifetime than most SSD drives, and SamSung provides utility software which can be used to monitor its lifetime. The utility software also performs drive optimization, upgrades, data migration, and even tunes your OS for SSD operation.

The utility software is specified for Windows 7. The installer will fail under Windows 8, but you can install it on Windows 8 in Windows 7 installer compatibility mode.

Cons: Absolutely none...

Other Thoughts: I have some cheaper SSD's that seem to work well, so it's possible to upgrade to SSD's on a budget, but as far as SamSung 840 Pro's are concerned, considering the extended lifetime and utility software, the best is more than worth the extra price.

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  • Stephen C.
  • 1/7/2013 1:11:12 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsWatch what you buy.

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Super drives. I personally use their 830 series, the 840 series and their 840 Pro series.

I have found no software supplied by Samsung to help transfer anything to the new drives. This does force you to hunt for proper software and I feel Samsung is dropping the ball with their customers on this point.

I've also uses two Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL240GB-DX 2.5" 240GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drives. Both failed after just 4 months but Mushkin replace the drives quickly but you kinda want to try something else after these experiences so Samsung was it for me.

Again, my Samsung's are super drives with no failures here.

Cons: Have to quote another reviewer here: Don't waste your time with the included software. The Samsung SSD Magician Software that comes with this SSD (the regular 840 250gb or the 840 Pro 256gb) is useless if you are planning to clone your existing HDD. They will just point you to download Norton Ghost but the big surprise is you have to buy it (the trial version will not let you clone)! NO serial code to activate, so no cloning today!

I believe they have a $30 kit upgrade that includes the proper software (can anyone verify the software that would transfer operating system and files to your new drive?), 4 screws, SATA cable and a mounting bracket. Newegg don't seem to sell the 840 Pro 256gb Kit though.

Look at the model numbers and check the last two characters: if BW (its basic) or KW (its a kit) if you want full experience. The BW is just the drive and the less than satisfying Samsung SSD Magician software.

Again...if you want the kit to help install use the KW and if basic needs is all you want, get the BW model.

Other Thoughts: Samsung is about the only company that builds SSD's from the ground up and doesn't depend on others for any particular part, component or controller; I like that a lot.

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  • Sherwood P.
  • 12/7/2012 9:27:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsQuiet, Cool, Fast

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Used on brand new Mac Mini 2012 Mid Range i7 2.3GHz with upgraded 16GB 1600 Corsair Ram

Tested with Black Magic Disk Speed Test (free app)

Write - 490
Read - 515

Cons: Don't compare your rig to other people who post boot times. Boot times vary per PC and OS. My Ubuntu 12.4 boots on a 7200rpm HDD SATA 2 port with DUO Core Intel 8400 CPU & 4GB Ram in 12sec, Mac Mini SATA 3 port boots in 24 seconds with this Samsung 256GB Pro SSD, MSI Laptop with i7 2.3GHz & 16GB ram with Mushkin mSATA 240GB SSD Sata 3 port boots in 12sec W7 (7sec W8) and Desktop i7 975 @ 4GHz & 12GB ram boots with Plextor M3 512GB SSD Sata 2 port boots in 16sec in W7 (9sec W8). I calculated boots time after POST.

Other Thoughts: The max threshold of SATA3 is 600. I don't ever expect a SSD to hit 600. I bought this Samsung version because of there great Apple Support and didn't want the TLC version.

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  • Ian E.
  • 12/6/2012 2:46:13 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsCouldn't Be Happier

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: -Works great and as advertised!
-Got it on sale!
-Came with a copy of Assassin's Creed.
-Increased my productivity.

Cons: Price: Not that big of a deal, since SDD are still somewhat new. Although I can't wait for the day that SDDs come down in price to match HDDs.

Lack of bracket: Also not a big deal but with the prices of SDDs, adding a bracket for mounting would make the hit a little softer.

Other Thoughts: I went from a 3 gb/s 1TB Samsung Spinpoint (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185)
Good HDD, but it was bottlenecking my entire system. This is my first SDD and I'm VERY satisfied with the performance difference. Not only has start-up time decreased, but I was impressed with how fast programs like Visual Studio opened. This SDD is going to save me a lot of time that I spent before just waiting around.

Also, for those curious about the included software to move your OS install over to the SDD; I didn't use it, so I can't comment on how good it is. I felt, and would advise a fresh OS install, to be best. I've installed Windows uncountable times on various HDDs, and I can say a fresh install on an SDD takes very little time compared.

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  • Charles F.
  • 9/15/2014 4:29:43 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Got this to replace previous SSD which was just too small;
Used Samsung's propriety and free download migration software to clone drive. Went incredibly smoothly and fast...no hitches...I had new drive cloned and installed in minutes. Absolutely identical to original drive, only bigger, better, faster.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Once you get SSD drive, you'll never go back. You'll get used to putting all your large files on another HD, but still need some breathing room on this one. My first was about half this capacity, and just a bit too small.

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  • Ryan L.
  • 9/10/2014 1:44:47 PM
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5 out of 5 eggs30 sec boot up is no joke

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: - Insanely fast boot up. Even on Win7.
Boots from turned off to fully usable in the O/S in 30 sec flat.
- Comes with good software to manage speeds and help either push it to the max or keep it a reliable SSD.
- Extremely user friendly too!

Cons: I've never used a SSD before, so I don't see any cons versus a HDD. (other than size...)

Other Thoughts: I'm still not 100% trusting of SSD, so I have a 1TB WD Black to store all my important information and things that take up lots of space (like music and Steam games)

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  • David Z.
  • 9/2/2014 4:21:38 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsThe speed is real...

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Dat Speed

Much writing

Such booting

Forever satisfied

...Get it.

Cons: A little pricey

Other Thoughts: Make sure you update your firmware through your CD that comes with the drive. Just in case.

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  • Michael F.
  • 8/30/2014 8:18:42 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsInsane

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: SO FAR (I have only had it for about 5 days)... it has been so fast that I am no longer thinking of upgrades. Before I was considering upgrading my entire rig thinking it was just not up to the task that I had set before it. That was proven to be wrong.

It takes a little bit of messing with settings and changing the way you think about storage and file management, but once it is set it is nothing but win. IE: moving the page file to another HDD vs the SSD, so if it does page it is not eating at the life of the SSD, turning off the automated backup / system restore to the drive, changing your download folder to another HDD (if you download and delete TONS of files like I do on a daily and sometimes hourly basis), among other things.

To be totally honest I was delaying getting a SSD because I felt the performance was not going to be a massive difference... having 32GB of memory I figured that most of what I was doing was going to be able to easily cache into memory. When I broke down and decided to get a SSD I went with the drive that had the best reviews, some of the highest scores in the benchmarks, and does not have the barefoot 3 controller (Anybody that knows how those work will understand why). It was the best investment I have had thus far.

PRO's Short Version:
Fast
Reliable (From reviews and track record)
Fast
Stable
Fast
Easy to set up
Fast
Comes with good management software
... did I mention Fast?

Cons: It did not install itself... to keep Microthought Winders to keep from going bumpkin on me I had to re-install it, and a bit of the price. In response to the price, If you are going with the top of the market drive you kind of expect to pay a bit more.

Other Thoughts: I will return for comments in the future to respond on how this drive is doing down the line and if it begins to fail or not.

Make sure to run the software with the recommended settings. The software is there to optimize things for not only the life of the drive but speed.

Disable Hibernation / Win 7/8 startup enhancements. They write a hiberfil to the drive and constantly write.

Be sure Trim is enabled.

Be sure Scheduled Defrag is off / disabled.

Turn off Prefetch and Superfetch.

Profit.

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  • David W.
  • 8/17/2014 9:17:32 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsStable and fast

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: - Easy to install
- Easy to copy from other ssd drive
- Software was easy to use

Cons: - the software while it runs well i don't like having to install software to put a drive in. prefer a disc with pre OS load options. that my personal preferences though.

Other Thoughts: I had a Intel M4 SSD before this. compared to that SSD the PRO just makes the M4 look silly.

I ran several test for speed and access write times. the Pro beat the M4 10 times over. OS load time more than halfed the speed of my other SSD.

My main reason to upgrade my Intel M4 to the 840 Pro was that when the power went out at my house the M4 would not be recognized by the bios anymore. I would have to jump through hoops to get the BIOS to see it again. This "Upgrade" fixed that problem and gave me speed and stability more then any hard drive I've had since maybe the 90's

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  • Michael S.
  • 8/12/2014 12:24:30 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsSamsung Software Fixed Optimization Issues

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Much faster than the first gen intel SSD it replaced

After running the Samsung software, was able to get the advertised speeds for the most part.

The Samsung Software is nifty and has nice go/no go indicators for anyone unsure if their achi mode is on, if your plugged into a 6 bg/s port, and if your os is using the drive correctly.

Cons: See "Other Thoughts" as I don't exactly see it as a con.

Other Thoughts: At first, the speeds i was getting from HDTune's tests were not as impressive as I expected. About 280 read/write

I had to play with the provided Samsung "magician" software to see what was going on. I had to enable their "RAPID Mode" to get increased functionality. It was just a simple c lick of a button, no install or anything, and it worked.

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  • MATT B.
  • 7/16/2014 7:18:44 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsNo Complaints

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: -Performs well enough that I don't even think about it

Cons: Nil to date

Other Thoughts: What can I say? Popped it in a year ago, was impressed with the results, haven't really though about it. If I'm playing games that need to load environments upon entering areas I'm always blown away by the quick load times.

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  • Christopher H.
  • 6/5/2014 6:16:37 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsAwesome until today - plug caught fire

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Up and running in seconds. Has worked great until today when the power adapter connetor caught fire and melted to the drive.

Cons: None except don't use a power adapter plug. It caught fire and melted to the drive. We were lucky that someone was home to put out the fire. Got to see if I can get the drive replaced but wanted to let others know using a power adapter plug may catch fire if used.

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  • Samuel V.
  • 5/16/2014 1:43:49 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsFast

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: I bought 3 of these SSDs so far for various systems and my recent one was for my new Asus ROG laptop. The original HDD that came with the laptop was real slow on startup along with other applications and my first intentions was to get another one of these. Once I installed the new SSD and transferred the OS onto it, it was instant bootup. It takes about 3 seconds before the login screen shows up which is stupid fast. All my applications load very fast, I can not be anymore happier with this purchase.

Cons: None what so ever

Other Thoughts: Samsungs SSD comes through like usual.

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  • Edward S.
  • 5/14/2014 8:58:37 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsWow!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Quiet, of course; fast at boot ups; fast application and Internet page loads - amazing, actually, compared to the hard drive it replaced! 5 year warranty (important to me).

Cons: None, really, just don't defrag your SSD - it doesn't need it and defragging can shorted its life cycle. Some utility programs know about SSDs, that they are very different from mechanical hard drives. TuneUp Utilities, a program I use all the time is aware, and so, will not defrag the SSD, but everyone should check their specific utility programs for SSD awareness.

Other Thoughts: My first SSD. I rarely used more than about 180GB of space on my old (failed) 750 GB hard drive, so I decided to go with the Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD. I did some research and play mostly games on my computer. The Samsung 840 Pro is very good for this and with it's 5 year warranty, I shouldn't have to worry about it for some time. This SSD went into my old 2009 model Dell XPS 435T Core i7 940 (1st Gen i7) computer running Win 8 Pro 64-bit. This SSD is by far the best upgrade I've made to this computer!

Additional info: Because my hard drive would not boot to Windows, after I received my SSD from Newegg, I installed Win 8 Pro on the SSD from my Win 8 Pro 64-bit boot copy disc, the one I created from my original installation. Then I had to call Microsoft to get it activated, since my original installation was an upgrade from Win Vista to Win 8 Pro. Microsoft now has a system where you can leave your phone number and they will call you. I got a call almost immediately and explained my situation to the tech. He got me activated in a few minutes. Very positive experience for me.

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  • Yroark L.
  • 5/12/2014 6:10:09 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Value

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Own 4-5 of these never an issue. Fast, easy to use and reasonably priced.

Cons: Isn't free

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  • Andrew S.
  • 5/1/2014 2:35:54 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsAn awesome upgrade for my Mac Mini (Late 2012)

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Surprise-free, no-nonsense installation in my Mac Mini (2012). SATA III, TRIM and MDX controller make this thing really fast. I chose it after reading some really great reviews here, as well as the results of some head-to-head comparisons from a third-party hardware review site.

Cons: Some SSDs carry lifetime warranties, so the 5-year warranty here leaves a little to be desired. On the other hand, it's unlikely most people will need this thing to last more than 5 years when you consider how fast the SSD size and capability landscape are advancing.

Other Thoughts: Play your cards right and you may be able to use this SSD in an enterprise environment.

I maintain a lab of machines used to perform continuous integration and compile and package a widely used software product for official distribution. After Apple discontinued the Xserve, we switched to using several Mac Mini (Late 2012) machines to build our latest Mac code. Our four Minis have the i5 2.5 GHz processor, 16 GB of RAM and these Samsung SSDs. I'm very happy with the performance.

Some folks would say it's a bad idea to use commodity hardware in an enterprise environment. In my case, there's nothing sacred stored on these machines; they check out their code dynamically with every build. So if one of the drives or machines dies, I just go get another one and keep moving. This strategy saves us thousands of dollars over buying enterprise-grade stuff.

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  • Andrew J.
  • 4/26/2014 6:09:00 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsAwesome!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Tested the drive speed and it maxes out the SATA III standard. You literally can't get faster without going to PCIE. Also been using it as my primary drive for 9 months on my work computer without any issues.

Cons: None

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  • Thomas M.
  • 4/15/2014 12:53:24 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsWhat can I say? Amazing piece of hardware...

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Obscenely fast (both sequential R/W and random access), very simple installation, easy-to-use bundled software

Cons: None whatsoever.

Other Thoughts: What can I say about this SSD that hasn't already been said?

It's incredible. This SSD actually replaced another SSD in a laptop I bought in 2011. My laptop is an HP Envy 15 with an Intel Core i7 processor (2.4GHz 2760QM, Turbo Boost to 3.5GHz) and 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM. I originally ordered it with an Intel 320 Series 300GB SSD, which is a 3 Gbps drive, but my computer has a 6 Gbps SATA interface, so I wanted to get the most out of it.

They say that after you've experienced an SSD after using a conventional HDD computer for most of your life, you'll never want to go back because HDDs feel very slow in comparison. That is certainly the case, and similarly, once you experience something like the 840 Pro, you'll never want to go back to using anything that *isn't* an 840 Pro because every other SSD will feel slow in comparison.

Even when put up against my old Intel SSD, this drive is absolutely incredible. Honestly, I feel a little guilty because I don't use it to its full potential, but you can feel the speed in absolutely everything you. Everything is instant and happens the exact second you click the mouse button. Loading pictures, videos, anything happens the instant you want it to happen.

If you're looking to get more out of any system, get this SSD. You don't even need to have a 6 Gbps SATA interface to be able to appreciate this drive's power. For most people who aren't copying or moving very large files, random access speed (IOPS) is a much more useful measurement of a drive's speed than sequential read and write. Random access is exactly what it sounds like - IOPS is the number of input and output operations the drive can achieve in one second; basically, how many different places the drive can read to or write to in a single second. That's what really makes an SSD feel faster than a conventional HDD. And this one has an incredibly high IOPS rate.

You will definitely not be disappointed in this SSD. Especially for the price, you really cannot go wrong with it.

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  • Patrick K.
  • 4/6/2014 12:21:31 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsFast......

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: NOTE: Installed this on an HP Envy with 4th Gen i7 and 16GB ram. As is typical the mechanical HDD was the bottleneck in system performance.

Was dreading the data migration part of swapping drives. However it was so very simple to copy my Windows 8.1 partition over to the SSD. I used the included Samsung Magician software and an external USB 3 to SATA 3 adapter.

Installed the software, attached the SSD externally using the adapter, updated firmware and selected the partition to copy. The cloning process was pretty quick and it simply couldn't have been any easier. Oh yeah, it boots / runs incredibly fast too. If you're considering an SSD in this size the 840 Pro is a very nice piece of equipment with good features. Made an already decent laptop smokin' fast. Would buy again.

Cons: None at this time. I will update if anything comes up.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/13/2014 7:23:16 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Speed, Reliable

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Very reliable, no need to update firmware

Cons: Price

Other Thoughts: Using it as a OS drive for my Sandy E system for nearly a year, no problem since day one.

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  • Kevin D.
  • 2/5/2014 5:05:55 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsPerforms like a $1M array

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: I work on big-iron SAN arrays for a living, and this piece of workstation-class hardware blows some of the million dollar enterprise units away. The claimed specs are NOT a lie, I've hit 100+MB/sec (Bytes!) sustained over CIFS.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Stick these on a SAS 3 PCIe x16 controller with a ton of cache and you'll have a storage server that will rival most flash arrays big guys are charging a quarter million for.

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  • Daniel A.
  • 2/3/2014 7:05:50 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsDo you feel it...

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast
Speeds faster than advertised in R/W.
IOPS High (40k+)
Magician software has automatic SSD optimization/endurance editing to save you time.

CrystalDiskMark x64 3.0.3 (Rapid Enabled)
Seq R/W: 976.8/701.3
512k : 758.8/686.2
4k : 30.80/8.124
4kQD32 : 248.2/51.36

Works on Crosshair IV Formula Marvel controller with Samsung Magician 4.3 (although not officially supported).

Shipped with latest firmware pre-installed.

Cons: These are very minor, but I felt should be listed for humor/point of reference.
IOPS not consistently at 90k/100k respectfully.
The manual shows the drive coming with a multitude of accessories, including mounting brackets and data transfer dongles.
512Gb variant was on sale and only $180 more than this guy
Don't have enough proper usage to use this thing to its full potential.
Windoze updates still install slow

Other Thoughts: New tech, wanted to try it out while attempting to keep my gaming rig alive, this thing does exactly what its supposed to. Although I have an aged rig, its booting and responding quite a bit faster, as should be expected with an item as renowned as this.

FX-8320 (o.c 4.0)
Crosshair IV Formula (yes IV, not V)
8 (4x4Gb) Ripjaw Series 1600
SSD
Radeon HD 5850
Seagate 320Gb
3x WD Black 640 GB
Enermax plat 850w
Haf X 932

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  • David F.
  • 1/23/2014 5:08:00 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsWorth every penny

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: With RAPID mode enabled, this SSD is running at TWICE its posted specs! Read: 1024; write: 1096 (both sequential). I confirmed these numbers with AS SSD Benchmark because I couldn't believe my eyes. Overall score in Samsung Magician: 7390

Coming from a "starter" SSD- a Zalman 64GB SATA II, this drive feels like I'm upgrading from a HDD! I was able to test the Zalman as well and it scored a measly 169. A full, fresh Windows 7 install took less than eight minutes.

Samsung's software does all the work for you- just click Max Performance and it adjusts everything in BIOS. There is also a migration feature if you don't want to reinstall your OS, but I think it's worth the effort- your pc will feel brand new again.

Cons: None- but people need to do their homework to make sure their system is compatible BEFORE they buy anything. That's just common sense, right?

Other Thoughts: I think the days of buying a small SSD for just the OS and putting programs on a HDD are fading. 256GB is more than enough for Windows 7, all my programs, and I have 160GB to spare. Plus, having the OS and programs on the same SSD makes a huge difference in performance.

With a five year warranty and almost zero chance of Samsung filing bankruptcy (cough cough OCZ), this is a no-brainer. Yes, in some tests the Corsair Neutron and OCZ Vertex were faster, but if they don't offer a program like RAPID then the 840 PRO is still the undisputed King of SSDs. Plus, I know my warranty will be still honored five years from now, should I need it.

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  • Andrius G.
  • 1/20/2014 11:58:30 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsVery Fast SSD

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Crystalmark 3.0.3 with RAPID mode enabled in Samsung Magician reported scores of Read 814 MB/s and Write of 1034 MB/s As well as most other scores almost doubling because of RAPID software to use System RAM to help this already speedy SSD out.

Cons: I have owned it Since May 2013 and had 0 issues with it so far so no cons and hey i still have over 4 years of warranty left.

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  • Kevin M.
  • 12/27/2013 3:09:44 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsSSD and beyond

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast, easy to install, Win7 Pro AMD CPU Gamer and Medical reports. Very fast no issues. I bought on sale for $219/$139. Thank you NewEGG

Cons: Magician Firmware update will NEVER install from the Windows screen, You must use a manual DOS based method to do so.

Other Thoughts: Bought 2 Samsung 840 Pro's 1 128 GB for my wife and 256 for my new build. No problems so far,

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  • Michael P.
  • 12/9/2013 10:06:09 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsGlad I Went With A Samsung SSD

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Super fast response, transfer rate, and boot up time (under 20 seconds)!

Enough storage to put a couple of games on after installing Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit on it!

Stays cool at an almost constant 30 Celsius in my Raidmax Aurora Case

Cons: Didn't install itself.

Other Thoughts: Great drive

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  • Matthew B.
  • 11/15/2013 9:12:17 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsFinally no Sound

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Quiet quiet quiet.... Move to solid state. It's so awesome.
Fast boot, fast software loading, and best of all it's quiet.

Cons: None found yet.

Other Thoughts: After installing your OS, you should find some optimization forums and figure out which services you can turn off now that you will have a SSD. Indexing service, defrag, etc..

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  • Dennis L.
  • 11/4/2013 6:59:22 AM
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4 out of 5 eggsMeh...

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: It's fast... when it works. Very good toolbox utility.

Cons: Died without warning (I had just run diagnostics that AM) with a corrupted boot sector after only 10 months.

Other Thoughts: Kudos to Samsung CS, I had a replacement drive in 3 days... albeit a refurb unit.

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  • Jason S.
  • 10/30/2013 4:35:49 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsBooyah!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: I finally bit the bullet and got one of these drives for my 4 year old Acer Timeline 4810TZ. It came with a 5400 RPM standard WD Blue laptop drive. It's been a very reliable laptop, and I just wanted to give it a little boost and squeeze some more life out of it. I noticed a huge increase in speed, especially when coming out of hibernation. On the old drive it would take a 2-3 minutes to get into Windows, then about 5 more minutes chewing on the hard drive doing who knows what. Now, it takes maybe 20 seconds to get into Windows, then about 10 more seconds of "chewing" and that's it!

Cons: Nothing!

Other Thoughts: WEI HD score went from 5.6 to 7.2, and it's an old dual-core Pentium (not even a c2d), and the CPU score is a very sad 4.0. Lappy also is running SATA 2 and not SATA 3, so between that and the poor CPU I am sure it's bottlenecking the drive quite a bit, and I am still seeing major improvements in speed. I am also getting around an extra hour in battery life using the new drive. The imaging software that came with the drive worked fine, although it didn't copy my Outlook PST or OST files over. Not sure what else it skipped, but I have the old drive handy just in case. I plugged the 840 into an external USB case and did the image that way. Took about an hour to image ~60GB. Booted right up after the drives were swapped. Overall, this is one of the best purchases I have ever made in my life.

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  • David D.
  • 8/20/2013 12:01:01 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsAwesome SSD

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: It comes with very useful migration software, for users upgrading their current builds. making the switch to the new SSD effortless.

Cons: The SSD did not install its self.

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  • Brian S.
  • 8/15/2013 6:18:04 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsThese things scream...

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Amazing performance. Got 2 of these and put them in a RAID-0 array on my new Z87 mainboard, and I'm getting pretty unbelievable numbers. TRIM works fine through the new Intel drivers to the RAID array.

Cons: None. Worth every. Single. Penny.

Other Thoughts: Note that the Samsung Magician software will no longer "recognize" the drives once in a RAID array. To upgrade the firmware, you will need to switch to AHCI mode in the BIOS (rather than RAID mode), upgrade the firmware using the DOS ISO from their website (and nVidia chip owners will need to guess a bit, as the DOS mode on current nVidia chips is.. ahem... not well done) and then switch back to RAID mode. I did it and did not lose data.

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  • Jesse R.
  • 8/13/2013 3:06:30 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsWow! This is the good stuff!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Uhhh, boot times, program loads, file saves, and on and on and on and on....

Cons: I guess price.... still... getting better every day though...

Other Thoughts: This is my 4th 840 pro in three different rigs. I have two of these 256gb in raid0 on this computer and I have to say I wait for nothing... except my slow internet, too bad ssd's can't fix that. These are simply awesome and I've only ever purchased two brands and at first I bought only intel ssd's until a 320 series drive died for no reason and I switched to Samsung 840 pro about a year ago and I'll use Samsung from now on. They're just that good. I could go on all day about numbers and customer service with Samsung and the HUGE list of their products I have and use daily but it would just sound like a fanboy gushing so I'll just say buy this SSD!

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  • Carlos L.
  • 7/24/2013 8:00:32 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsBest Consumer SSD on the Market

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: -Super high read/write (520MBps/480MBps but my measurement)
-Boots in a few seconds (about 15 seconds from the moment I press the power button to desktop)
-256GB is a good amount of space for games/programs
-Case looks great, nice aluminum finish on edges
-Slim profile should be good for notebooks
-7.9 windows index for those who care

Cons: -Steam loads up before my internet connects so I have to click "Go Online" :D

Other Thoughts: If you don't already have an SSD, any brand/model will be a great improvement. However, the 840 pro has been shown to be the fastest drive for the money, and is definitely worth the investment.

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  • Chad L.
  • 7/12/2013 10:58:34 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsWorks great in my Mac Pro

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast, and just works in my Mac Pro (Mac3,1 2008 Mac Pro). Need to make sure that you turn TRIM on for non APPLE SSD. You can search on this in the search engines. It is easy to do. On one OS update, TRIM support got turned off and I forgot to turn it back on. Drive slowly got worse performance. But re-enabling TRIM help boost it back up. I have a 256GB and a 128GB Samsung 840 Pro in my Mac Pro and am thinking of upgrading the 128GB with another 256GB Samsung 840 Pro.

Cons: Have not found any cons specific to this device. On OS X, TRIM won't be enabled by default since it does not have a firmware that the OS recognizes, but this is true of any non Apple SSD and can easily be remedied through Google/Bing etc.

Other Thoughts: TO Sinna Max who had performance slowly degrade in his Mac Pro. Did you make sure TRIM was enabled?

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  • Hazait S.
  • 5/13/2013 4:22:02 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsTop All Rounder

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Excellent software suite
Very fast
Build quality
5 year warranty
MLC NAND

Cons: Inconsistent write speeds

Other Thoughts: Running this at SATA 3 speeds in a Z77+i7 2700k+16GB based system. The 840 pro lacks the consistency of the LAMD and Marvell based solutions but it is the faster drive regardless. I was originally going to purchase the Plextor M5P for its quality, however the Samsung was on sale.

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  • Jonathan B.
  • 5/1/2013 9:51:10 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsBest of the Best

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Replaced an older SATA II SSD with this one. Wow! This thing is screaming fast. Couldn't be happier.

I cloned the SSD with the free software "Clonezilla". Copied everything quickly and perfectly, including Windows 7 dual-boot configuration.

Cons: - People who are in jail.

Other Thoughts: For max throughput, make sure you are using a SATA III compatible motherboard, SATA connector and cable!


AS SSD Benchmark
Version 1.7.4739.38088

Samsung SSD 840 PRO Series ATA Device
238.47 GB


Seq
513.93 MB/s
487.30 MB/s

4k
30.01 MB/s
60.21 MB/s

4k-64Thrd
345.22 MB/s
292.45 MB/s

Acc.Time
0.087 ms
0.064 ms

Score:
427
401
1055

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  • David S.
  • 3/19/2013 10:19:36 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsSamsung 840 Pro

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Screaming fast... The best SSD out there IMO. $1 a GB is not bad at all.

Got 531MB/s seq. read and 507MB/s write.
98316 IOPS read and 87342 IOPS write.

The best warranty out there too.

Cons: Didn't come with a mounting bracket, but not even close to taking off an egg for it.

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  • Carmen D.
  • 3/17/2013 6:15:19 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsFast and Easy for Mac or Win

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Bought for my new build LGA2011 and am impressed by the speed of boot and operation. Loaded with Windows 7 OS. Programs and user data are on 1TB HDD in Raid 1. Easy to install and trouble free. Performs well against benchmarks. Systems config:

MB: Asus P9X79 Pro
CPU: i7-3820 Sandy Bridge E LGA 2011 (3.6Ghz)
Memory: G.Skill 16GB DDR3 PC3-16000
GPU: Nvidia GTX 480
Case: Cooler Master HAF Advanced

Liked it so well I bought a second and installed in my wife's MY2010 Macbook Pro 13". Gave it a new lease on life! Very easy to transfer the Mac OS to the SSD and use old HDD for data. Replaced the optical drive which she never used. She loves the added speed, no more spinning bubbles. Happy family.

Cons: None

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  • Jorge G.
  • 3/3/2013 1:21:54 AM
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4 out of 5 eggsGood so far....but

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: - Fast and stable
- Magician software
- SSD performance

Cons: - Had to unfreeze
- Not detectable until it's unfrozen
- See other thoughts
- Forum discussions on this model 'brickin' is concerning me as I was looking for information to unfreeze it.

Other Thoughts: Okay, so after plugging both my Corsair Neutron and my 840 Pro, I noticed that after installing Windows, that it didn't detect the SSD. Windows Installer detected it, all other forms detected it but windows explorer. Turned out, I had to 'unfreeze' the SSD. I only took one egg off because of the fact that it doesn't perform like others when you can just plug n play. No instructions assisted with this unfreeze except the forums. Other than that, good product.

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  • Wm G.
  • 2/20/2013 6:32:14 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsEggcellant

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast even with uncompressable data. I use it for video editing a pair in RAID 0 is over well 800 MB/sec read and write.

Cons: price is only problem

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  • Troy W.
  • 2/16/2013 7:10:29 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsShould have bought two

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: My first SSD after lots of research. Samsung 840 Pro works way beyond my imagination. Samsung also gives you migration software that works wonderful. Install took a couple minutes, installed the Migration software which pulled everything off the big bulky hard drive (my OS) and onto this little 2.5" drive. I put this into my desktop and now run the original drive as my backup. Happy about everything to do with this purchase.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: The box reads a 10 second load time once you push the power button on, they are right on. Very quick and powerful little drive that doesn't get warmer than 61 degrees.

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  • Michael P.
  • 1/30/2013 6:12:48 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsSuper Fast SSD

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: I installed this SSD in a MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012). The computer boots very quickly. My VMWare Fusion virtual machines run smoothly and boot quickly.

Cons: No native TRIM support for the drive, but that's Apple's fault and not Samsung's. I've had problems with the computer not creating a sleep image file and hibernating properly when the battery runs out. The system will just power off as though it didn't write out the sleep image file. Not sure if it's a firmware issue with the drive or some other issue. Of course Apple's not going to assist with the problem since it's an aftermarket SSD. I need to spend a bit more time diagnosing the issue and trying the typical fixes (reset SMU, etc.) No firmware updates from a Mac.

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  • Sarom C.
  • 1/29/2013 9:14:58 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsInsanely Fast!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: - Loaded Win7 from the time I pressed my power button to the actual desktop in less than 10s.
- Usually the 1st guy in any BF3 maps, so playing (alone) with myself before anybody came on.

Cons: - It went on a brief sale just about a week after I got it. Newegg works like the stock market, but the products still made me smile.

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  • John W.
  • 1/7/2013 6:44:39 PM
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5 out of 5 eggs840 pro ssd

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Amazing speed
Incredible read/write on 2012 MacBook Pro mid 2012
Boots in 6 sec
Absolutely zero issues so far completely satisfied

Cons: You tell me this bitc@ is screaming fast

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  • Jesse H.
  • 12/27/2012 2:46:05 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsFAST!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: It's amazing how far SSD prices have dropped. Picked this up for cheaper than the 64GB SSD I bought 2 years ago, and this is a million times faster! Using as the boot drive to my new Windows 8 machine and it starts in 5 seconds flat. Stats incoming from CrystalDiskMark.

-525 MB/s sustained read
-515 MB/s sustained write

Cons: None!

Other Thoughts: At first, Windows 8 would not recognize the drive during installation. I thought it might need SSD drivers, but decided to look online for solutions instead. Turns out, in W7 and W8, if you have multiple dynamic drives attached to the Motherboard during setup, it won't find any of the drives correctly. Simple remove all other drives from the system, leaving only the SSD plugged in, and Windows will install fine.

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  • Michael K.
  • 12/19/2012 6:59:04 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Speeds!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast speeds! my late 2012 mac mini boots in 10-12 seconds. getting read speeds of 516 MB/s and write speeds of 475 MB/s. my stock drive had read speeds of 100MB/s and Write speeds of 100MB/s. so this is a great improvement.

Cons: Magician Software is only windows compatible. So if you want to updae the firmware you need to find a way to do it without using OSX. also this is a little expensive. which is expected since its so new.

Other Thoughts: i bought 2 of these. going to put them in a Raid 0 config. ill update my review after I set that up.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/6/2012 9:40:27 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsSpeed Demons !

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: The fastest SSd on the market as of right now , blazing fast , reliable , good customer service and warranty provided by samsung. I got a few of this SSDs in raido0 and nothing can be compared with the speeds i get and iops.

Cons: Absolutly None.

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  • Robert V.
  • 11/26/2012 6:19:41 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsThis Drive Is Awesome

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Now, I did just buy this drive yesterday, and shamefully it was purchased through another vendor, however that does not distract from the raw power you get from this drive. I upgraded from a SATA 1.5Gb/s 256Gb drive to this beast (basically, sub-light speed to ludicrous speed). I've read that having your computer boot from power button press to Windows desktop in around 20 seconds was good, but to go from clicking Start > Reboot and be back up to your desktop in about 18 seconds is just outright awesome.

Cons: None. Even if there was any, there's a 5 year warranty through Samsung.

Other Thoughts: I'll be spending the next few days really testing this thing out, and if my review above changes in any way, I'll be back to revise my details.

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  • Lukasz C.
  • 11/8/2012 8:42:04 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsFantastic so far

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: This drive makes my Lenovo U260 with Windows 8 boot in seconds, everything is snappier now. I'm hoping to see a battery life improvement as well.

Cons: None so far, easy install.

Other Thoughts: I paid a little extra for the super low power consumption.

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  • Lawrence F.
  • 10/15/2014 5:01:06 AM
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5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: fast reliable decent amount of space

Cons: price but worth it

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  • Chris S.
  • 9/28/2014 9:53:59 AM
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5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: My first SSD, so I have nothing to compare it to, but it works great.

Cons: None as far as I can tell.

Other Thoughts: Didn't come with a mounting bracket for desktop cases, but not a big enough deal to take an egg.

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  • Nicholas D.
  • 9/16/2014 1:49:14 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: - Good capacity
- Fast
-Reliable
-Easy install

Cons: Nothing

Other Thoughts: I've had this SSD for over a year now, and have yet to have any issued. I use it constantly for gaming and some work applications.

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  • Noe G.
  • 9/1/2014 8:09:24 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsSo far so good

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: I had this drive for 7 months. It has not given me any problems. I have repartitioned it and reformatted several times. It has survived a cross-country flight. I have installed various versions of Linux on it, as well as Windows 7 and Windows 8 on it. It is fast. Windows 8 starts up in seconds, even with fast startup mode turned off. (Fast startup mode turned off is necessary if you want to mount the filesystem under Linux). Installation is easy and the SATA cable snaps on. Whether you are using Windows 8 or a modern Linux such as Fedora 19 or 20, partitioning is done for you, so you don't have to worry about the newfangled partitioning schemes.

Cons: None so far

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  • Larry C.
  • 8/27/2014 10:42:59 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsAwesome SSD

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: This is my third Samsung 840 Pro SSD and I have no doubt that it will be as reliable as the first two. The first is in a desk top that I upgraded and the second is in a Mac book Pro. I plan to use the third in another desktop upgrade.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This was my first choice when I decided to use solid state drives for my operating systems.

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  • DOUGLAS S.
  • 8/23/2014 6:47:43 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsThis drive is the the best!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: I went out on a limb here and decided to get two of these and run it in RAID-0. Wow! This setup beats most benchmarks out there. How about a Windows 7 Ultimate boot time of 7 seconds (and the extra time is because of my BIOS). Games cache so fast and latency is a thing of the past. I want to say I was able to completely install Windows 7 and at the desktop in less than 15 minutes. Drive packaging was excellent.

Cons: I can' t think of one negative thing to say (and I can usually come up with something!).

Other Thoughts: Just about every machine supports SATA III. Don't forget to make sure your motherboard supports RAID if you decide to hook up multiple drives and want to mirror or stripe them.

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  • Anne C.
  • 8/1/2014 5:13:04 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsAwesome

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: We have hundreds of these drives, on my box I have 5 in RAID 5 and 2 EVO mirroring. All of Samsung's drives kick ***. if you are thinking about moving up to SSD then hit it baby.

Cons: Price over the Evo's but I like the blacks just a little bit better could just be me.

Other Thoughts: Gonna hate when Samsung goes Evo all the way.

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  • Carol F.
  • 7/22/2014 8:37:47 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsReliable

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: This hard drive is BLAZING fast. I use one in my Macbook Pro (mid 2009 model), and both OSX and Windows 8.1 Boot up in seconds. Read/Write speeds are as advertised, and so far I have not had any failed drives. I've used this drive in my Macbook for over a year now.

Cons: The drive is slightly slimmer than most SDDs (which isn't really a bad thing), however if you don't have the proper seating, the drive can bump around inside your computer.

Other Thoughts: Well build, works as advertised.

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  • Jordan R.
  • 7/20/2014 11:55:24 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsAwesome!!!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Blazing fast!! Love this thing, boots my pc up lighting fast! Going from an HDD to this is crazy!! Games load super fast!

Cons: None as of this moment!

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  • Aamir K.
  • 7/14/2014 6:20:29 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsvery fast

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Very fast boot times . It takes less then 10 second from a cold boot (win 7 64) . Well worth the money .
7.9 performance index score .

Cons: none

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  • Donna V.
  • 6/25/2014 6:56:55 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsReview *UPDATE*

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: • Quality
• Performance¹

¹ Read "Other Thoughts" Below

Cons: • Performance Can Be Platform Dependent

Other Thoughts: This is my second review of the 256 GB Samsung 840 Pro. I recently had the opportunity to change platforms. I was using an AMD FX 8120 and had less than half the advertised performance on it no matter what I tried. I tried changing SATA ports and I even purchased a PCI-E SATA card which made absolutely no difference.

I then recently switched to an INTEL platform with an Intel Core-i5 4670K and the performance increase is MASSIVE. I not only get the advertised performance, it's actually higher!

I ran the Samsung Magician "Performance Benchmark".
• 927 Sequential Read
• 1025 Sequential Write
• 220376 Random Read (IOPS)
• 229254 Random Write (IOPS)

Long story short, if you have an AMD platform and you buy this SSD there's a pretty good chance you might not get the advertised speeds... INTEL on the other hand you probably will.

For anyone interested in what Motherboards I was using on each platform they were the following.

• AMD = GA-990FXA-UD3 (Revision 4.0)
• INTEL = ASUS Z97-A

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  • Bennett A.
  • 6/12/2014 8:23:59 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsAwesome hard drive!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Sooooo fast! Unbelievable how much this outperforms HDDs by orders of magnitude (literally), and even other SSDs. If you're looking to get an awesome SSD, definitely give this a try. The Samsung software that comes with is nice; you can benchmark as well as migrate easily. Immediately detectable and usable by my self-assembled computer.

Cons: A little pricey, but I think it's well worth the price. If you're not strained for budget, definitely go this way for awesome reliability, speed and overall excellence.

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  • Timothy L.
  • 6/7/2014 7:34:53 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsFast

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Incredibly fast, prolongs battery life, will probably last much longer than a rotating platter HDD, silent, light.

Cons: Might not be that much difference between this and the EVO, especially with longevity after some of the in-depth technical reviews on that. Only other thing I could say is that it's so light it feels cheap. But seriously, it's going inside your computer or laptop. Does that really matter?

Other Thoughts: Not sure that there's that much ROI between this and the EVO. This was a purchase for work, and I was told to get the Pro. Personally, I'd probably go with the EVO.

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  • Donna V.
  • 6/4/2014 8:06:20 AM
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4 out of 5 eggsReview

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Great Quality
Great IOPS
RAPID Mode

Cons: Controller Dependent (Read Below)

Other Thoughts: I love this SSD, the ONLY problem I have with it is that it seems my SATA controller isn't utilizing the full potential of this SSD, it runs the IOPS at half what's rated.

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  • William K.
  • 5/23/2014 11:46:06 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Drive

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast and reliable! The supplied Samsung Magic software makes for a fast and accurate set up of this SSD.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: The Samsung Magic software was a nice surprise and very useful. It updated the Firmware and optimized the drive and also tested the other non-SSD drives in my computer. The "secure Erase" erase function lets you wipe the SSD and restore it to new rapidly.

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  • Jason M.
  • 5/21/2014 1:31:19 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsBLAZING fast!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: I got one of these drives to replace my old raid zero setup on my gaming computer...

The speed of this thing after installing the Samsung software blew my mind. I couldn't be happier.

Cons: None so far, but will update if the drive fails.

Other Thoughts: My drive bench-marked at over 600 MB/s r/w after a fresh install (with the Samsung software on a system with enough ram)

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  • Gregory H.
  • 5/18/2014 6:03:21 PM
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5 out of 5 eggsProduct saw more of the US than I have in the last 5 years

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Amazingly fast.
Samsung. Samsung. Samsung.

Cons: Went on sale a week after I bought it. Ouch.

Other Thoughts: Super Egg Saver shipping is a mess. I know you get what you pay for, but this thing literally made a round of the United States from California to Illinois to Texas back to me IN California. It's a wonder the frail packaging didn't damage the product while on it's week and a half tour.

As far as the product goes, it's my first SSD and couldn't be happier.

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  • Erico L.
  • 5/15/2014 11:57:27 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat SSD

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Product arrived fast and I was able to get it installed right away. The product is light, specs match the descriptions and the functionality of the product just blows my mind. I highly recommend to the ones trying to switch from regular hard drives to SSD. My computer is a Second Hand Lenovo Thinkpad T410.

Cons: no cons

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  • Martia T.
  • 5/12/2014 10:29:19 AM
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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Laptop SSD

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Samsung SSD's are probably as reliable as consumer SSD's get. Although the 840 Pro is more expensive than the 840 Evo, it's a bit more robust.
This drive is very fast, but where I feel Samsung really kicks tail compared to rival SSD's is power consumption. The 840/840 Pro/840 Evo consume less start-up, idle, and full-load power than any other SSD, while being one of the fastest! This is an impressive feat even for Samsung.

Cons: 840 Pro is considerably more expensive and therefore a lower overall value than 840 Evo. I can't recommend anyone buy this drive unless you are putting an SSD in a business or office laptop.
Therefore, price/GB is low.

Other Thoughts: Fast, reliable, power-sipping SSD by a market leader.

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  • John M.
  • 5/9/2014 5:24:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsBest of breed at a great price!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Huge performance for moderate price.

Cons: None so far.

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  • William N.
  • 4/23/2014 7:47:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSSD at its best

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: FAST
Reliable
Power Consumption
Looks great

Cons: Cost- really that is the only thing I can think of that could improve this drive. I really can't say anything wrong about it.

Other Thoughts: Amazing SSD. I own a few SSD's now and all of them are Samsung's. So I can not compare them to other brands. Though if Samsung keeps making SSD's like this I'll probably never go with any other company.

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  • Lucas D.
  • 4/15/2014 7:21:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsPerfect

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: -Easy to install
-Lightweight
-Awesome Performance
-Price was right
-Samsung Magician was ultra helpful and i highly recommend it for anyone who gets this drive.

Cons: -Migration software didnt pickup the SSD(had to use EAUS for migration)
-Had BSOD 50% of the time on startup when i migrated the OS over instead of a fresh install(most likely my fault)

Other Thoughts: Im very happy with this SSD. It is just enough space for all the games and programs i want to load fast.

If your going to get this SSD and use it as your main OS i would highly recommend doing a fresh install for the best results. After i did a fresh install i no longer get BSOD on startup like i did when i migrated it over.

Highly recommend this drive for anyone looking for a huge boost in disk performance.

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  • William F.
  • 4/13/2014 12:52:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth the price.

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast. Windows 8.1 boots in six seconds. Didn't have to do any kind of intricate optimization; just installed the magician software, set it to whatever the setting was called that favors preserving the life of the SSD over performance (so not even the maximum performance setting), and that's it. Months later, the PC still boots in six seconds. I'm quite pleased.

Cons: It's so pretty that I felt bad about hiding it inside my computer.

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