Samsung joins in the fray of consumer SSDs with their 830 series. The drive is one of the fastest SATA III in the market with a sequential read speed of 500 MB/s and a sequential write speed of 400 MB/s for the 256 GB variant. Other capacities include 64 GB, 128 GB and 512 GB. IOPS numbers are 80,000 and 30,000 for random read and write respectively.
The 830 is ideal for use in notebooks and other portables because of its thin body. It has a thickness of 7 mm while the average thinness of most SSDs is 9 mm. It is powered by Samsung’s own dual core controller which is a 2x-nm Toggle-mode DDR NAND.
The enterprise version of the 830 series includes full-disk encryption in accordance to AES-256. No such claim is made for the consumer version. The Samsung 830 is available for a lower price than OCZ’s Vertex 3. The drive consumes 12W of power and is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS X and Linux.
- Sequential Read: Up to 550 Mbps
- Sequential Write: Up to 400 Mbps
- NAND Type: MLC
- Interface: SATA III 6 Gbps
- Controller: Samsung Dual Core Controller
- Form Factor: 2.5 inch
- DRAM Cache: None
- Power Consumption (Active): 12 W
- Power Consumption (Idle): 0.5 W
- Warranty: 3 Years
- 32 GB: MZ-7PC32D
- 64 GB: MZ-7PC64D
- 128 GB: MZ-7PC128D
- 256 GB: MZ-7PC256D
At the end of the day, we are certain this SSD will be a hot commodity, given all of the support it has behind it to include performance, availability, price, capacity, company reputation as well as Samsung’s consumer following.
The combination of screaming sequentials and so-so random performance makes the Samsung 830 seems like a supercharged Intel SSD 510. We’re not as awed by it as we were when OCZ first showed us the Vertex 3, but to be frank, we’re standing in the midst of a lot of very fast SSDs right now. In that context, Samsung’s 830 performs like a drag racer that puts its rubber down on flat pavement and in a straight line.
In the end I welcome the 830 as another high-speed option in the 6Gbps space. We have a number of great performers to choose from, but what matters most today is reliability and solid validation testing. The Samsung SSD 830 may be able to join Intel’s SSD 510 in delivering both of those without sacrificing performance