We’ve had the opportunity to examine many solid state drives over the past few years, but what we’ve seen from Samsung is very exciting, and the 850 EVO is the latest that continues to impress us from Samsung. Looking rather plain in its black finish, it’s a beast under the hood, thanks to some very innovative and unique features.
First, Samsung has brought some handy software utilitizes such as drive optimization, management, security encryption, and the Data Migration feature; that’s an excellent combination for novice users who may not understand the intracacies of data management, or for the average consumer simply looking to upgrade.
Solid performance is where the attraction continues, as the combination of 3D V-NAND and controller manages to keep the 850 EVO very speedy. It’s very fast out of the box, and can certainly satisfy most storage needs if you decide to go with this larger 500GB model.
But where things get really interesting is with the RAPID Mode technology. The 850 EVO simply leaves us drooling when RAPID Mode is enabled. With performance increases like this, the question is why wouldn’t you enable RAPID Mode? Keep in mind, this performance increase is simply the the result of tapping into your system’s idle resources; there is no additional cost here.
So the 850 EVO has the features, innovation, and performance. What about price? The 500GB capacity is generally regarded as more enthusiast-classed, and comes at a retail price of about $270. Most competing drives are SandForce-based at 480GB capacity, with Samsung one of the very few companies occupying the 500GB echelon. So relative to the competition, the 850 EVO does cost a bit more, but it also smokes the competition in terms of performance as well. So when you factor in what you get, if you want the best, then you shell out a bit extra. That said, we do think it’s a solid investment for your system, assuming you care about top performance.
Samsung has an excellent overall package here, with great features, innovative technologies, performance, and durability. If you’re looking for a high capacity SSD that’s blistering fast, you really need to consider the Samsung 850 EVO.
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB