Reviews and Problems with Samsung 830 Series (MZ-7PC)
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Samsung 830 Series 256 GB SSD Review
11 September 2012
Summary: We can see from our performance tests that the Samsung 830 Series exhibits a better level of performance than the Crucial M4 in almost every test.
In most of the tests, it would be fair to say that the Crucial M4 doesn’t lag behind the 830 Series by a massive margin, though. We highly doubt that the real world performance of the two drives would differ much, especially if you’re used to the speeds of a conventional hard drive.
Summary: Samsung's 830 Series SSD left me very impressed. The drive doesn't use any of the well-known controllers like SandForce or Marvell, but comes with Samsung's own controller design instead. This doesn't have to be a bad thing; on the contrary, the 830 doesn't come with the load of issues that are unique to Marvell/Indilinx or SandForce.
Pros: Very high performance, 7 mm thick, Ultrabook ready, SATA 6 Gbps support, Rich bundle, Supports TRIM, 3-year warranty
Cons: Relatively high price, Warranty could be longer, Needs a SATA 6 Gbps controller to perform best
Summary: Final Thoughts
So what can we say about the Samsung 830 Series? Well first off it is great to see Samsung building the drive completely in-house. The 3-core MCX controller, Toggle NAND flash and the DDR2 flash chip have all been designed and built by Samsung. This gives them full control over the drive.
Pros: – Controller, NAND and cache chip all designed and built by Samsung, – Great read performance, – Identical performance with compressible and incompressible data, – Great software bundle, – Only 7mm thin!
Cons: – Write speeds cannot compete with SandForce SF2200 based drives
Conclusion: TRIM Performance: While SSDs offer many benefits, there are some downsides to using flash memory. One of the biggest issues people run into is performance degradation. Over time, an SSD will run out of fresh blocks and will have to write over data the file system has marked as deleted. This procedure is very complicated and can slow an SSD's write speeds considerably. To fix this problem, most manufacturers have added TRIM support to their SSDs.
Pros: Available in 64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB capacities, Excellent read speeds, Performs equally well with compressible and incompressible data, Consistent speeds, even after intensive usage, Good looking, ultra-slim design, SATA 6Gb/s interface, Toggle NAND flash, 256MB DDR2 SDRAM cache, Supports TRIM, SMART, garbage collection and wear leveling, Software bundle includes SSD Magician, Norton Ghost and Batman: Arkham Asylum, Available as part of a notebook or desktop ins...
Cons: Slower than other drives when doing random writes
Conclusion: The 830 Series SSD stood out in its sequential read/write performance which saw it match the best SandForce SF-2200 SSDs when measuring read performance, while it crushed the competition in the sequential write tests. Real-world application testing was also a mixed bag. Windows boot times, multi-tasking tests, and gaming level load times all appeared average, but the Samsung 830 Series excelled when copying data not just to and from the drive but also across it.
Summary: The Samsung 830 Series has a whole lot going for it. In addition to offering the best overall performance of any SSD we've tested, the drive comes in a slim form factor, includes a copy of , and is backed by a company whose SSD history appears largely devoid of serious issues. Given those perks, one might expect the 830 Series to be priced at a premium—but it's not. The 256GB model can be had for , while the 128GB and 64GB flavors sell for and , respectively.
Excerpt: There are very few companies capable of making every major component that's tucked away inside a SSD. Toshiba has done it with some of their enterprise models and now Samsung is doing it to. When you control the supply of components, you don't really have to worry about buying in bulk because you control that as well. I suspect that if Samsung wanted they could really shake the SSD world up if they wanted, that is if the new 830 Series was fast enough.