Samsung SSD 850 EVO Review
The Samsung SSD 850 EVO is a benchmark hard drive in the solid state range. Solid state disks are now becoming more main stream as the cost per gigabyte falls and are fast replacing standard SATA technologies for home computing. For HTPC media centres solid state disks give you unrivalled performance and make your media centre feel less like a PC and more like a home entertainment system. There are two main benefits to using solid state technology for HTPC media centres. The first is the speed increase you get. Boot times are reduced to next to nothing and browsing your media libraries is completely fluent. The second is the noise generated by the drives. With no moving parts you do not get the clicking sound traditional disks produce which can interfere with your movies and music. The only downside of SSD when compared to SATA technologies is the capacity but solid state disks are certainly catching up. The Samsung SSD 850 EVO is a great choice for all HTPC media centres whether they are for movies and music or advanced PC gaming.
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Samsung SSD 850 EVO Specifications
|Dimensions||10X7X0.7 cm||Capacity||120GB, 250GB, 500GB,1TB||Series||MZ-75E250B 850 EVO|
Samsung SSD 850 EVO Storage Capacity
The Samsung SSD 850 EVO range comes with a choice of 4 storage sizes. You can choose from 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and now 1TB. The disk is built using Samsung’s 3D-Vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology. Most Solid state disks today use NAND flash memory to store their data. Samsung’s 3D-Vertical NAND was designed to overcome the density limitations of traditional NAND chips and improve both performance and endurance. They have achieved this by stacking 32 cell layers on top of each other rather than trying to reduce their size. The result of this is a solid high performance drive with larger storage capacities.
Samsung SSD 850 EVO Performance
The Samsung SSD 850 EVO is a 2.5 inch drive perfect for the most compact HTPC media centre cases and being solid state kicks out a lot less heat than its SATA cousins. The drive uses 6Gb/s speed technology and Samsung boast a 540 MB/second sequential read speed and 520 MB/second sequential write speed. The Samsung SSD 850 EVO has some advanced technologies built into it to increase performance. Samsung have created a technology called TurboWrite which gives a 10% performance boost when compared to the Samsung SSD 840 series. When the disk is under heavy write loads it transfers data to a high performance buffer. Then during idle periods the data is transferred to the primary storage area of the disk. The Samsung SSD 850 EVO also comes with a feature called Enhanced Rapid Mode. This is like an additional gear that can be called upon as needed. Enhanced rapid mode uses free PC memory as cache and can use up to 4GB of system memory (if your system has 16GB SDRAM installed). This is used for repetitive tasks and significantly reduces disk queue lengths. The end user will see this as an approximate 2X speed increase. All of these features together provide an extremely fast disk for home computing.
One of the biggest differences you will see with this drive is your boot time. At Home Media Portal we setup a media centre with a Samsung SSD 850 EVO hard drive for testing. For the media centre software we used Kodi / XBMC (set to auto load on startup) and Windows 8 as the operating system. XBMC was fully loaded and ready to use 8 seconds after switch on compared to 32 seconds for the same install on a SATA HDD. Navigating all menus and media was seamless with no lag at all.
Samsung SSD 850 Evo Efficiency and Reliability
The Samsung SSD 850 EVO is built to last and independent testing has shown the 850 to last approximately 30% longer than the 840 series. The V-NAND technology in the Samsung SSD 850 EVO should allow 150 Terabytes Written (TBW) which is double that of the 840 EVO. Along with its reliability the Samsung SSD 850 EVO is extremely energy efficient drawing down just 2W when idle. With its impressive speeds the disk will complete its tasks in no time at all and therefore spends the majority of its time in an idle state. Not only this but the 3D V-NAND technology is more energy efficient than its 2D equivalent consuming approximately half as much power. This is great for the HTPC media centre enthusiast as energy efficiency means less heat generation and less cooling devices are needed. If you have a compact case using a Samsung SSD 850 EVO will reduce the overall temperature of your media centre. This drive is ultra compact at just 0.7cm thick. The Samsung SSD 850 EVO also comes with a feature called Dynamic Thermal Guard. This monitors the temperature of the hard drive and if it gets too high it throttles the drive until the temperature drops to a safe level.
Samsung SSD 850 EVO Price
In short you would expect the Samsung SSD 850 EVO to cost a lot more than it does. The new technologies created by Samsung for this drive make this one of the fastest solid state drives available for home computing and it doesn’t come at great cost. You will struggle to find a better SSD at this price.
Reasons to Buy Samsung SSD 850 EVO
- Fast performance
- Many advance features to improve the functionality of the hard drive
- Better reliability than many similarly priced SSDs
The Samsung SSD 850 EVO is a fantastic choice for HTPC media centre builds with its unrivalled performance and great reliability. Samsung’s 3D V-NAND technology has revolutionized solid state improving speeds and energy efficiency whilst allowing storage capacities close to those of SATA disks. This hard drive will give your media centre a feel more like a games console rather than a PC and deliver your content when you want it. The most noticeable improvement you will see if your boot time and your media centre will load in just 8 seconds. Very often when you load more and more media files onto your system your performance will degrade over time but with the Samsung SSD 850 EVO you will always get impressive speeds. This drive is in our oppinion the top solid state drive on the market today for home computing and is the perfect choice for the HTPC media centre.