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Pros: The very low power consumption, the great price, and connection types and storage choices got my attention with Samsung SSDs.
At a fraction of the power over the other brands, with equal or better performance. I had to give these a shot. I got a SATA 500GB SSD as well as one of these mSATA and the both have been as perfect as you can imagine!
Unlike other brand SSD, my SATA worked in many different enclosures without any problems. USB 2 and 3. I throw this out there because other brand doesn't care and if you had to deal with them because the drive you got didn't perform like a SSD should (2+ minute reboot times) then this bit of information is important to you.
The Samsung SATA I got replaced other brand (The 2+ minute reboot time 512GB SSD) and the Samsung fixed all issues and ran beautifully! I'm back to under 20 seconds now.
The mSATA I gambled on because I never used one before. I'm tickled to say it was just as beautiful and it as well fixed all the problems other brand (When I bought the 512GB SSDs from other brand, I got 2 of them and both were horrible)
If you've played with SSD drives and know you need Windows 7 or above (No Tweaking Required unlike previous OS) and you know about putting it in AHCI mode and you know how to use the search engine to get help if you need it, then you shouldn't have any problems with this brand. (User Errors and Computer Guy errors, maybe, but the drives gave me no problems.)
Cons: For this mSATA, I have no complaints. Laptop manufacturers should include a screw for when you use this slot, but they don't always do that. So I understand those that didn't have a screw handy, finding that to be a con. I had a screw and didn't need one. (I'm one of the lucky ones, I know!)
For the SATA version, there is a lot of wasted space in the case! I seen one of these taken apart on the net and They could easily fit 3 maybe even 4 TB worth of chips in the same little case.
I look forward to seeing 4TB SSD drives!
Overall Review: AHCI mode needs enabled. (If you forget about this, like I almost did, then this tip is for you.)
If you clear your BIOS (Accident or on purpose) then you may need to disconnect this drive to get into BIOS and re-enable AHCI. My motherboard thought a nice little button in the back would be a convenience so you didn't have to remove battery, play with jumper, etc. to clear the bios! And when I was trying to plug in my Fiber Optic cable and thought that little button was the hole it was suppose to plug into! It took me a half hour to trouble shoot my "Opps!" and get back up and running!
If you got stuck with a horrible drive (And you know this because you've tested them (Because you got more than one when they were on sale, and the issues happen in more than three different machines and a bunch of other brand SSD drives don't have said issues) and need a REAL SSD drive to impress you.
This should do it. (I'm saying this after using 3 different brands in my HTPC and all were SATA connections. The laptop that took this mSATA is a first in using an mSATA and it just worked as great as the SATA. Just smaller and leaving the SATA bay for another SSD.)
Pros: Speed, when used in a msata3 connection, i'm able to just about top out at the max speed allowed by the bus (6Gbps = 600MBs) and all this from a single drive!
Msata format gives you plenty of options to use this in. If your mobo doesn't come with an msata controller, you can purchase a PCIe adapter, or a 2.5" adapter OR you can even go external and purchase a enclosure with usb 3.0 out (however i would recommend finding one that allows for a sata connection so you can perform firmware upgrades to the ssd drive itself)
RAPID mode allows for almost double the speed specs based on the idea of "borrowing" 1gb of ram to use as super cache. Um, yes please ! (my laptop has 16gb of ram, so i have plenty to spare)
Samsung software is really nice. I never install OEM software but i'm keeping this, monitors the drive, gives you pretty statistics, easy firmware upgrades & can manually run Trim!
Cons: newegg is putting a premium on this device. Not sure why but its listed higher here than at other locations.
RAPID mode only allows to be paired with 1 samsung compatible ssd. For me my laptop has 2 drives so i had to pick which one i wanted it enabled on. Seeing that this seems to be an OS driving service, i figured i wouldn't get too much better speed for the OS drive so i attached t to my data drive. Hopefully something can change with a future update to all multi drive support
Overall Review: right now i wouldn't recommend getting this from newegg simply because newegg at this time, is charging more for this device than all other retailers i looked at. However if price isn't a concern, this is one sweet device.
Note - Samsung offers various capacities for this ssd (120gb, 256gb, 500gb & 1tb) "on paper" only the latter two sizes (500gb & 1tb) offer the higher iops specs. Not sure how much that will effect the numbers i'm about to list if your only able to get the 256gb model.
I'm using this msata drive as the "boot" drive (via msata) in my Dell XPS 9530 model paired with the Samsung 840 Evo 1tb 2.5" ssd as the "data" drive:
Laptop = Dell XPS 9530
CPU = i7-4702hq
RAM = 16gb @ DDr3 1600
OS = Win 8.1 x64
CrystalDiskMark 3.0.3 x 64 (3 pass @1gb)
Seq Read = 527.0MB/s
Seq Write = 508.1MB/s
512K Read= 459.6MB/s
512k Write = 462.6MB/s
4k Read = 39.97MB/s
4k Write = 93.71MB/s
4k QD32 Read = 397.9MB/s
4k QD32 Write = 361.4MB/s
As always, if you have questions, or concerns feel free to gmail my nickname!
Pros: Obviously, it's size and space. 1tb that's smaller than the palm of your hand. It'll be a while before a larger size hits the market so this should be top-of-the-line for some time.
Cons: Price. Ouch! But love it.
Overall Review: I'm using this as my primary drive on my HP 17T-J100 and man is it blazing fast. Start up times, with all start up programs disabled, is less than 10 seconds from being completely shut down.
Pros: samsung data migration made it easy to transfer windows from my hdd and magician software with rapid mode enabled makes this msata very fast
Cons: the only con i can think of is it doesnt come with a screw to mount it i had to poach one from my laptop housing
Pros: Simple to install and works perfectly out of the package. Whether installed in my MSI gaming rig or an external mSATA USB3 enclosure this little drive is perfect for systems that have mSATA slots in addition to traditional 2.5" hard drive bays. This is particularly true given the propensity of laptop vendors toward using cheap 5400 rpm 1TB drives in the latest gaming rigs.
Cons: Still a bit expensive but getting better every day.
Pros: Runs very fast. Using this in a NES PC build and windows starts very quickly and has been reliable so far. I've bought a few Samsung SSDs in the past, but this was my first msata. Plug and play. Super easy.
Cons: None yet.
Pros: Decent SSD, bought it for my laptop but it died a sudden death so I use it instead with a ZTC Sky Board mSATA to USB 3.0 SSD Enclosure Adapter Case. A portable 1TB drive about the size of two packs of gum.
Pros: used a ztc sky board msata to usb3 with this ssd to transfer os from a plextor 128g ssd and works great. samsung data migration software is great just download from web. price was not bad for a ssd.
Cons: none so far