Samsung 850 EVO mSATA & M.2 SSD Review
OverviewHardware: Storage, HDs & SSDs
WHAT WE LIKED:Fast, Even FASTER! Magician Software
WHAT WE DISLIKED:none
M.2 may be on its way to take over as the preferred interface for SSD technology but that does not mean a tremendous amount of notebooks and desktops that couldn’t take advantage of the mSATA version of the 850 EVO. We were glad to see Samsung not leaving those folks behind.
The M.2 and mSATA 850 EVOs can perform on par with the 2.5″ version (Review Here) by saturating the interface. We have reached the peak of what is possible with SATA 3 at 6Gbps. These drives show off Samsung’s 3D NAND technology but do not offer anything revolutionary on the users end of things. We welcome more M.2 drives to a market that lacks a lot of selection. Even more so when it is one of the fastest and most consistent SSDs we have tested.
Pricing for mSATA and M.2 drives have often been higher than their 2.5″ counterparts but Samsung appears to be placing these in a very competitive position. Both versions follow the same pricing guidelines of $79.99 for a 120GB, $129.99 for a 250GB, and $229.99 for a 500GB model. The mSATA is also available in a massive 1TB version for $449.99. This is the only known 1TB mSATA drive available. Based on what we have seen from the EVO M.2 and mSATA combined with the price points, Samsung is driving a hard bargain that many will not be able to resist and may not want to.