The packaging of the 850 EVO is very sleek, in a white and black colour scheme, with just a hint of colour accent. The information on the front is limited, with the drive model and name capacity shown, while the back of the box offers a bit more information. We recommend visiting the corporate website if you want more detailed information or installation instructions beyond what’s included in the package.
The only accessories included are some documentation for warranty and Installation Guide, and a software installation disk. This is noteworthy for utilizing the migration software for cloning your current disk onto the EVO, and also Samsung Magician Software for very handy utilities (more on these shortly).
Aesthetically speaking, the Samsung 850 EVO is an exercise in sleek minimalism; black in colour, with grey lettering in a matte finish, and a single grey accent square. There really isn’t much more to it than that. It’s simple and attractive, though SSDs don’t really need to be flashy; they need to be functional and fast. The 850 EVO is cased in an aluminum housing, and despite its light weight, it has a tremendous shock tolerance, so no worries about dropping it.
Along the edges are mounting holes, handy for a tower drive caddy, or especially useful in an HTPC setup with the EVO’s slimline design.
The rear of the drive sports a sticker with very detailed information, though we doubt most people will spend any time examining it too closely. It’s this sticker that covers the housing screws, making the 850 EVO the toughest drive to pull apart we’ve ever seen. In fact, we stripped a screw last time trying to remove the housing on another Samsung model. Accordingly, we decided to pass, having to settle for the exterior photos of the drive, for fear of trashing it. Having tested numerous SSDs of the past few years, this is very rare, so our apologies for the lack of internal photos.
That said, we know contained Inside is Samsung’s V-NAND Flash memory, which offers twice the normal density compared to typical 20nm NAND flash ICs. The higher density (32-layer) results in a smaller overall size, not to mention Samsung claims this also allows for the life expectancy of the drive to double as well. Also inside is the 850 EVO’s latest MGX controller, allowing for better multi-tasking, including separate read, write, and optimization functions. Samsung claims this offers up to 10% improvement from the 840 EVO. The 850 EVO is the next of its kind from Samsung, and we’ll see how this translates into performance shortly.
Let’s get this SSD on the bench and see what it can do.