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Samsung 850 PRO 256GB Review

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

Overview

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Price at time of Review: $200
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Extensive software package; Data Migration; Great stock performance; Otherworldly performance with RAPID Mode enabled
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Price premium
 
BOTTOM LINE:
Fast SSD that turns on the afterburners with some unique technological innovation.
by Jake
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Summary

We’ve had the opportunity to examine many solid state drives over the past few years, but few have truly excited us. The Samsung 850 PRO, however, is one of those rarities. Looking rather plain in its black finish, it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing, devouring everything in its path, 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 MDX controller and combination of 3D NAND and 3-core ARM controller manages to keep the 850 PRO very speedy. It’s one of the fastest drives on the market out of the box, and can certainly satisfy most storage needs if you decide to go with the larger 512GB or 1TB models.

But where the knockout punch is delivered is with the RAPID Mode technology. The 850 PRO simply leaves the competition in the dust. The performance increases are utterly staggering. Clearly, Samsung is onto something very special here with RAPID Mode. With performance increases like this, the question is why WOULDN’T you enable RAPID Mode? And keep in mind, this performance increase is simply the result of tapping into your system’s idle resources. There is no expensive, add-on Special Ops hardware here.

So the 850 PRO has the features, innovation, and performance. What about price? The 256GB capacity is generally the most popular “mainstream” capacity in the market, and comes at a retail price of about $200. That’s certainly not cheap compared to the competition, but the 850 PRO smokes them 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 peak performance.

The Samsung 850 PRO is clearly greater than the sum of its parts, as Samsung has the total package here, from features, innovative technologies, to performance and durability. After seeing what this SSD can do, we have to ask: If you’re in the market for a new SSD and want top performance, why wouldn’t you buy the Samsung 850 PRO?

Samsung 850 PRO 256GB

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