Samsung 840 Evo 1 Terabyte Review
Published by Marc Büchel on 30.07.13 (44884 reads)
Giant Samsung has decided to provide the 840 SSD with an upgrade and releases the 840 Evo. This drive comes with some very interesting and unique features. One of those is TurboWrite, which finally boosts sequential write performance into regions where the 840 Evo becomes highly competitive. According to the motto - SSD for everyone - Samsung also brings price wars to another level. Overall you can be really curious what we will show you on the following pages, since there are quite a few more surprises.
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One of the biggest issues with the Samsung 840 (non Pro) was the sequential write performance of 130 Megabyte per second. Since at this point Samsung just wasn't competitive at all, they really had to do something about this to boost this value into a region where it can compete with for example Crucials M500 SSD. Apart from that Samsung also boosted IOPS performance, when you compare the 840 Evo with the older 840 drive.
At this point you should really ask yourself what kind of sorcery is going on behind the scenes that Samsung was able to triple sequential write performance from one generation to the next. The key to success actually has a name: TurboWrite. That's what the new proprietary technology has been called and basically it is an algorithm, which has been implemented into the firmware of the 840 Evo's new MEX controller. TruboWrite can use a small portion of the DRAM chip, which sits next to the controller on the SSD's PCB and emulate SLC NAND flash. As soon as there are data transfers this emulated SLC cache acts as a high performance buffer. In other words, Samsung brought the concept of DRAM caching into the SSD's controller, which massively boost sequential write performance, which used to be the achilles heel of the 840 Evo's predecessor.
Next to the improvements on the controller Samsung has also been working on their Magician Software. Later in this review we will reveal what this sofware suite is all about. So far we can tell you that it is very well structured and even unexperienced users will have no issues at all configuring the drive the most suitable way.