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SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

  • 2.5"
  • 256GB
  • SATA III
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Learn more about the SAMSUNG MZ-7KE256BW

General

Brand
SAMSUNG
Series
850 Pro Series
Model
MZ-7KE256BW
Device Type
Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Physical

Form Factor
2.5"
Capacity
256GB
Memory Components
3-D Vertical
Interface
SATA III
Controller
Samsung MEX Controller

Performance

Max Sequential Read
Up to 550 MBps
Max Sequential Write
Up to 520 MBps
4KB Random Read
Up to 100,000 IOPS
4KB Random Write
Up to 90,000 IOPS

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 10 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 10 years


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  • Dale N.
  • 11/24/2014 2:33:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggswindows 7 blue screen

This review is from: SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast ,Fast, Fast !

Cons: When cloning windows 7 to the new SSD no one tells you that the windows 7 program has set the parameters on the old hard drive to non AHCI .This is transferred to the new SSD. This causes windows to blue screen in AHCI mode. You must start your cloned windows in IDE mode, and change a parameter,= found on utube. When this is changed on the SSD , change bios to AHCI and BAM the SSD works !

Other Thoughts: 3 changed to 0 Check Utube to find what to change.

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  • F1 I.
  • 11/23/2014 12:09:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSOLID PERFORMER

This review is from: SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: lower power consumption than last gen, slightly faster, 10 year warranty you just cant beat.\

Price point is right where it should be.

Cons: if you think this is too expensive, then you dont know what you are buying.

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  • Mark S.
  • 11/21/2014 8:01:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat fundamentals. But not perfect.

This review is from: SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast.
(Expected to be) reliable.
Small and light.
Price competitive.

Cons: No 3.5" adapter bracket.
SSD Magician software is confusing.

Other Thoughts: For this price throw in a 50-cent adapter bracket. This isn't marketed as a "laptop" SSD and most desktops hold 3.5" drives. How about a cheap adapter so that people can install it when they get the SSD like other manufacturers (Intel, etc) do.

I installed the SSD drive and ran the Samsung SSD migration software. Super simple to use, ran without problems and did exactly what it was supposed to do.

I booted from the SSD (super fast) and installed the SSD Magician Software. The software looks nice and polished but I'm a software engineer and I wasn't sure what the best/right settings were.

It's supposed to help "optimize" the performance but what are the right settings?

There's all these categories (indexing, superfetch, prefetch, pagefile, indexing, etc) and next to each one is a button. Some buttons say "enable" and other buttons say "disable." So which is the right choice?

Pressing the button would toggle the item between enable and disable but which is right? Some of these were already enabled/disabled on my computer and I couldn't tell what the app was trying to tell me.

It would be a lot nicer if the button were GREEN when the setting was optimal and RED when a change was recommended.

Again, the SSD Magician app seems nice and well written it just doesn't make it clear which settings should be changed and which are already set correctly.

Not the end of the world though. I found one of several websites about what settings should be set when you install an SSD and I manually made the changes. This configuration is pretty much a "one time" setup so it's not a big deal.

On performance and everything else I would give this SSD a 5-star rating. I did take away one star because i had to scramble to find a mounting bracket that they could have included for practically nothing. Also the SSD magician software didn't live up to it's potential.

One last note - it's amazing how small and light this is compared to my old Seagate drive. SSD drives are definitely the future of storage.

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  • Sam K.
  • 11/18/2014 9:58:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Great online reviews and priced to sell

Cons: None

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  • Michael S.
  • 11/16/2014 6:04:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuick, Fast and in a Hurry!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: FAST!

QUICK!

Boots to Win 7 Ult in seconds with an i7 4790K and Asus Maximus VII Hero.

10 Year warranty.

Cons: Doesn't help me get a new girlfriend?

Other Thoughts: I have six 830 pro 128GB, one 830 pro 256 GB, one 840 pro 256 GB (all Samsung), they are all VERY fast and not a single one has failed. Believe me, we are not easy on them either (but I do configure our systems very well for SSD longevity).

That being said, this drive does outperform all of the above drives. Nuff said.

SUPER FAST BUILD. Running Folding@home for 7 straight days, averaging 64K PPD and running cool, pulling 294 watts from the wall (including Samsung 27 in. monitor).

ASUS MAXIMUS VII HERO
Core i7-4790K (not overclocked yet)
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
EVGA GeForce GTX 970 Superclocked 4GB
G.SKILL Trident X DDR3 2400 (2 x 8GB)
Creative Sound Blaster Zx
SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB
CORSAIR HX650
Antec Sonata III 500

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  • Charles G.
  • 11/12/2014 9:28:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast. Have 2 840 evos and an 840 pro and it seems a little faster than the 840 pro.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Bought to replace my C Drive. Chose the Pro because of the waranty and the Pro series has a longer life.

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  • Charles E.
  • 11/12/2014 7:41:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Drive, garbage Uplay games

This review is from: SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Great drive, even better than my 840 pro.

Cons: The Uplay game is almost not worth the effort to even try to redeem the code. I use Steam and the garbage that is Uplay is mind numbing in comparison. I will never fall for any "free game" again. I bet this drive goes down in price after the codes are used up.

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  • Shane C.
  • 11/4/2014 7:07:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo Awesome!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: I purchased 2 of the 256GB when it was $189 each. Got it yesterday [monday] and tried to put both into my PC with the EVGA 780i SLI motherboard which is very very old but still work. It install windows 8.1 fast and booted into windows 8.1 in 2 seconds. I also tested it on Raid 0 Stripped, I love it! So Recommended!! A MUST GET!

Cons: Samsung Magician features won't work because it won't support Nvidia controllers but nvidia controllers still detected both SDD as Samsung 850 Pro. However my SSD dropped at 120 Mb/s on both without Raid 0, I understand that it is not the SSD since EVGA 780i SLI is a very OLD motherboard that have a SATA, not SATA 2 or SATA 3 that would run at 3 Gb/s or 6 Gb/s. So I decide to test one of the SSD into my new hp laptop and noticed it went 550mb/s. So I am not gonna say it is Samsung's fault nor the SSD is faulty. I need a new pc parts to upgrade anyway to support the ssd to 550 mb/s on a intel rapid storage controller which my new HP have and Samsung Magician does detected both SSD on intel rapid storage controller and all the features work. I will put my SSD away until I have a new parts on december. I already have the newly MSI Z87-GD65 motherboard sitting in the closet waiting for all parts to come in december. I still will give it a 5 eggs!

Other Thoughts: If you have a motherboard with nvidia controller, don't use this SSD in it since samsung magician doesn't support nvidia controller. Use it on an intel rapid storage controller motherboard is recommend. If you want to get the 550 mb/s then use the SATA 2 [3 gb/s] or SATA 3 [6 gb/s] instead of the oldest Sata. I haven't tested out the Raid 0 top speed yet due to the oldest SATA port [yes I put them both on Raid 0 but I haven't tested it speed on it yet]. It is ok! You're fine Samsung! Nothing wrong on your ends =]

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/3/2014 2:48:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFAST

This review is from: SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Noticeably faster than the Samsung 840 drive it replaced. Running RAPID mode with my setup scored 3468 sequential reads and 2656 writes in the Samsung benchmark test. Real world it is not as fast as the benchmark. Comes with a 10 year warranty and got a free game as a bonus.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Need to buy the TB one when the price comes down a bit

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/1/2014 8:52:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat buy

This review is from: SAMSUNG 850 Pro Series MZ-7KE256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III 3-D Vertical Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: -my boot time is less than 30 seconds
-easy to use software

Cons: none that i can see.

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