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Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD Review

Posted December 8, 2014 by Jake in Storage, HDs & SSDs


Price at time of Review: $270


Slim form factor; Very fast out of the box; Blistering fast with RAPID Mode enabled; Data Migration software; Large capacity


Modest price premium
Samsung has an excellent overall package here, with great features, innovative technologies, performance, and durability.
by Jake
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Samsung Data Migration

Samsung’s Data Migration utility is essentially a cloning software that allows users to make an exact duplicate of their current drive on to the PRO. Not only does this prevent accidental data loss, but also results in two drives for data redundancy; just clone your current drive and tuck it away safely as a backup drive.

Samsung Magician

There are several useful features with Samsung’s Magician software, from optimization, to updates, to benchmarking.

First off, we see disk information displayed on the first tab. Next is the OS Optimization, which are one-touch solutions for commonly unknown or misunderstood system features for SSD novice users, such as tweaking the Write Cache Buffer, Virtual Memory, and Drive Hiberation.

There’s also the ability to update the firmware with a one-touch button. No need to download a file, copy to DOS-based flash drive, and so forth. Extremely easy here from Samsung.

We’ll talk separately about RAPID Mode after initial testing. You’ll soon see why it merits its own discussion.

Let’s move onto testing.

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One Comment

    Bill Barnes

    Great Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD! Great Review Jake very impressive and powerfull Samsung is one of the best SSD,s to Push of the performance in your RIG and quinch the thirst of even the most demanding Enthusiast and Gamers! Looking forward to the chance to own one of these Amazing Pure OC Editors choice awards!

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