We’ve had the opportunity to examine many solid state drives over the past few years, with only a few that have truly excited us, and the Samsung 840 EVO is one of those rarities. Looking rather plain in its grey and black finish, it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing, devouring just about everything in its path, thanks to some very innovative and unique features.
First, Samsung has made the EVO a slim profile drive, benefitting those who may want an HTPC or small form build. Add in the tiny 2.5″ PCB and the Data Migration software, and that’s a convenient combination for a novice user who may not understand the intracacies of data management. Then toss in SSD and OS optimizations with a one-touch click solution, and we’ve got something potent for the average consumer looking to upgrade.
Solid performance is where the attraction continues, as the MEX controller and combination of TLC NAND and TurboWrite manages to keep the 840 EVO speedy. It’s not the fastest drive on the market out of the box, but with 750GB of available storage (and up to 1TB) with a varying-size cache, it can keep up with the most demanding consumer needs.
But where the knockout punch is delivered is with the RAPID Mode technology. The 840 EVO simply leaves the competition in the dust. The performance increases are staggering. Clearly, Samsung is onto something big here with RAPID Mode, and the innovative technology is certainly worth the modest price premium for the 840 EVO over the competition. With performance increases like this, why WOULDN’T you enable RAPID Mode? And keep in mind, this performance increase is simply the the result of tapping into your system’s idle resources. There is no expensive, Spec Ops hardware here.
So the 840 EVO has the features, innovation, and performance. What about price? The 750GB capacity is a bit of an oddball in the market, considering most other drives are either 512GB or 960GB, but when we look at the price of about $500, that’s an outstanding value in terms of price-to-capacity. If you factor in the performance increases from the RAPID Mode technology as a free bonus, the overall picture gets even better.
The 840 EVO is clearly greater than the sum of its parts, as Samsung has the total package here, from features, innovative technologies, to performance and price. After seeing what this SSD can do, we have to ask: If you’re in the market for a new SSD, why wouldn’t you buy the Samsung 840 EVO?
Samsung 840 EVO 750GB