Samsung 850 PRO Gaming Hard Drive Review

samsung 850 pro hard drive review

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The Samsung 850 PRO is the first of its kind on the market that includes 3D vertical NAND flash memory for premium performance and reliability. The device comes with a ten year warranty and includes a Rapid setting that works to further enhance its performance. The drive is also one of the few on the market that comes in a two terabyte capacity.

The short of it is that this one of the best internal SSDs on the market today. The drive delivers ultra-fast performance with one of the largest capacities seen in a SATA III drive. These features make it the perfect option if you need to write a significant amount of data to the drive on a regular basis.

The Samsung SSD 850 Pro supports the most recent SATA 3 configuration (6Gbps) and is also reverse-compatible with legacy SATA chipsets.

The dimensions of the drive are:

  • 7mm thick
  • 5 inches long

It is of diagonal shape and features one SATA port.

Internally, the 850 PRO makes use of the newest NAND and 3D vertical flash memory that has been recently introduced to SSD. This is officially known as Samsung’s second-generation 86bit 40nm MLC V-NAND.

Samsung has gone at great lengths to increase the amount of NAND memory cells they can get on a single square inch. Each cell is now condensed thirty two layers deep, which greatly improves the amount of data you can fit on the drive. To get the most out of their latest innovations, Samsung has also upgraded their firmware to give the drive access to even greater speeds with unmatched stability and endurance.

 

Samsung 850 PRO – 2.5-inch SATA 3 Internal SSD Features

 

The new drive by Samsung comes with its’ branded Samsung Magician software, which is available for windows only. The Samsung Magician software is also used by the 840 Pro and 840 Evo also released by Samsung.

This newest drive has been making quite a stir in the market due its’ innovative use of firmware and how it interacts with other components of your computer, such as your excess virtual memory and RAM, which can be used to boost its performance in a pinch.

Using the Samsung Magician software, you can:

  • Manage encryption settings.
  • Turn Rapid mode on and off.
  • Over-provision your drive, which means it will use some of its storage space to increase performance.

Out of all of the above features of the 850 PRO, the Rapid setting is by far one of the most significant additions to Samsung’s hardware.

Rapid means Real-time Accelerated Processing of I/O Data. Through the use of your computer’s RAM, it will use some of the excess memory to boost the performance of your drive. Most computers these days are coming out with more than 8GB of ram as the industry standard, which makes Rapid a practical and useful feature.

Rapid will use up to 4GB or 25% of your computer’s RAM, whichever is bigger as memory. The larger your memory buffer is, the faster you will be able to write and read the files on your SSD, which improves performance.

 

Built for performance

Most bench marks of the 850 Pro showed very promising results compared to earlier Samsung models. On average, the SSD 850 Pro was up to 10% faster when writing or reading data across from different drives, and held this advantage across the 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB models.

There is no difference in drive speed when compared to the varying capacities of drives. Even the smallest 256GB model will have the same read and write speeds as the largest 1TB model, which shows that you are only paying for increased storage if you jumped between price ranges. The included software is also identical between the different models.

When the 850 Pro was compared to its’ main competitor, the SanDisk Extreme Pro, it also came out on top. The new drive scored a speed of 287MBps compared to SanDisk’s 246MBps. It should be noted that the benchmarked speed of the 850 Pro was tested using the Rapid mode, which illustrates how important and powerful this feature can be when used in the right setting.

 

Conclusion

If you will settle for nothing but the very best, then you will be superbly impressed with the Samsung SSD 850 Pro. Not only is the drive one of the fastest in the market, it also comes packed with useful features and a very generous 10 year warranty.

SSDs are well known to be faster and more reliable than regular hard drives, but they are really only suited towards people that are willing to pay its price tag. But if you are willing to a spend a little more to get the most performance possible then you won’t be disappointed with your purchase.

Because the drive is so fast and features an extra-large storage capacity, it makes for a great option for people who regularly use video editing software programs or perhaps an enormous music collection. The drive comes with a set of instructions on how to install the drive if you are planning to do this yourself, otherwise you could get someone else to install it for you at a low cost.

The included software only works for people who are running Windows patched to the most recent updates, but once you have installed the drive and the requisite software, it should take you no longer than a few minutes of tweaking the drive to your preferred settings to get started with it.

In summary, if you are looking for the best that the world of SSDs has to offer, then you can’t beat the SSD 850 Pro.

The Good:

  • High performance and high endurance.
  • You can write a lot of data to the drive before you would need to replace it.
  • The drive comes packed with different features and software, including Rapid mode
  • Comes with a 10 year warranty.

The Bad:

  • The drive is an expensive option, even among solid-state drives.
  • The included software is only compatible with Windows.

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