Samsung SSD 860 Evo
We’ve seen an assortment of fascinating SSDs go through the Gadgets 360 lab in the course of recent months – a large portion of them as the top of the line PCIe or M.2 cards, some with heatsinks, and some encouraging amazing velocity. That doesn’t mean we’ve overlooked standard SATA SSDs however. These serve the esteem end of the market and are winding up more moderate constantly. They’re perfect for upgrades since they’re substantially quicker than turning hard drives; enough to make most old PCs feel fresh out of the plastic new. For the individuals who esteem speed, however, don’t really need to live on the front line, cash can be put towards a limit.
That is the gathering of people that Samsung has at the top of the priority list with its new SSD 860 Evo arrangement, which replaces the much-cherished SSD 850 Evo after a little more than three years. Samsung is by a wide margin the world’s greatest provider of SSDs and has the upside of assembling its own NAND streak stockpiling chips and controllers. Truth be told, Samsung calls itself the world pioneer in memory innovation, and numerous different makers – including its greatest rivals – utilize Samsung contributes their capacity and memory items. We’re anxious to perceive how the organization has utilized the greater part of that in its most recent item.
Retail postings for SSDs normally have much lower costs than what producers quote. While the authority MRP for the 250GB model (paying little heed to shape factor) is Rs. 8,760, the MOP for the 2.5-inch variation is nearer to Rs. 6,150 while the M.2 adaptation goes for around Rs. 7,000. The 2.5-inch 500GB and 1TB models are recorded at around Rs. 11,000 and Rs. 22,500 separately, with M.2 costing somewhat more for each situation. Those are awesome costs and are shockingly right in accordance with current costs for every comparable SSD 850 Evo show, settling on the decision an easy decision. Anybody constructing or updating a PC should save some of their financial plan for an SSD, and Samsung is putting forth a convincing arrangement of choices at extraordinary costs here.
WD Blue models at similar limits presently offer for only a hair lower, yet we’d pick the Samsung SSD 860 Evo for its higher execution and perseverance. In case you’re willing to spend more cash, you could go for the Samsung SSD 860 Pro, which utilizes no-account per-cell MLC NAND and brags of double the continuance as the SSD 860 Evo at every limit level.
Samsung SSD 860 Evo specifications and features
The SSD 860 Evo and its slightly superior counterpart, the SSD 860 Pro, are both SATA SSDs and are aimed at mainstream users. They’re positioned below the enthusiast-class SSD 960 Evo and SSD 960 Pro, which is much faster NVMe drives. The most important new features with the SSD 860 siblings is that Samsung has now begun using 64-layer 3D flash chips, which it calls V-NAND (short for vertically stacked NAND). The previous SSD 850 models were launched with 32-layer V-NAND and then refreshed with 48-layer chips mid-life. The increased density allows for higher capacities, but not necessarily any performance gains.
Samsung is offering the SSD 860 Evo in the standard 2.5-inch hard drive form factor as well as SATA M.2 modules and even mSATA modules, which are quite uncommon these days. This is great news for those looking to upgrade different types of desktops, laptops, and possibly even embedded PCs. The lowest capacity is 250GB, which shows that Samsung doesn’t consider the 120-128GB market worth targeting anymore. Capacities scale up to a whopping 4TB for the 2.5-inch option, but the M.2 form factor only allows for up to 2TB, and mSATA tops out at 1TB.
The type of flash used here is TLC NAND, which means that three bits are stored per cell. Each variant of the SSD 860 EVO has a different amount of LPDDR4 cache memory that scales up with capacity – our 1TB review unit has 1GB. Samsung uses its own controller called MJX, and the one in the new SSD 860 Evo is claimed to have improved algorithms for faster and more efficient operation.
Sequential read and write speeds are claimed to be 550MBps and 520MBps respectively, which are pretty much in line with what other manufacturers claim because this is roughly as far as the legacy SATA protocol can be pushed. Rather than speed, Samsung is hoping to stand out by quoting endurance figures starting at 150TBW for the 250GB variants going all the way up to 2,400TBW for the 4TB variant. TBW (Terabytes Written) describes the amount of data you can write to a drive before the flash chips begin to wear out. The warranty period is five years or until the TBW limit is reached; whichever is sooner. If you’re concerned about data security, 256-bit hardware-based AES encryption is supported.
Our 2.5-inch 1TB review unit arrived in a simple cardboard box with no accessories; not even screws or a shim for mounting in place of a thicker 2.5-inch hard drive. It weighs just 62g and has a light metal body with no particular design flair since it’s going to be hidden away inside a PC anyway
Samsung SSD 860 Evo (2.5-inch)
Rs. 6,150 (250GB)
Rs. 11,000 (500GB)
Rs. 22,500 (1TB)
TBC (2TB, 4TB)
Very high endurance ratings
Reasonable street prices
Choice of form factors
Ratings (Out of 5)
Value for Money: 5