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ByChris Ramseyerpublished trăng tròn November 19

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Samsung managed to increase the performance over the 850 EVO, but at a price that most will simply pass on. The SATA interface limits what the company can vì with this series và competition is closing in from both directions.


ForStrong PerformanceExceptional Software Package With DRAM Cache và CloningClass-Leading EnduranceName Recognition and Reliability

Samsung managed khổng lồ increase the performance over the 850 EVO, but at a price that most will simply pass on. The SATA interface limits what the company can bởi vì with this series and competition is closing in from both directions.


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Exceptional Software Package With DRAM Cache & Cloning

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Class-Leading Endurance

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Samsung 860 EVO (250GB)


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Samsung 860 EVO (500GB)


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Samsung 860 EVO (1TB)


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The 860 EVO series comes to market in the same 256GB to 4TB capacities as the 860 Pro we recently tested. The EVO series uses 3-bit per cell (TLC) flash, but it reserves 2.3% of the NAND capacity for background activities & caching. That helps compensate for TLC"s lower native write performance.

The 860 EVO also has three different form factors. The full range of capacities ship in 2.5" while theM.22280 (SATA) scales up lớn 2TB and the mSATA mã sản phẩm tops out at 1TB. Samsung and Mushkin are the only two SSD manufacturers to lớn announce new mSATA SSDs in recent years. Most companies have shifted focus khổng lồ M.2 SSDs & largely ignore the legacy mSATA interface.

On paper, the 860 EVO is only slightly different than the 850 series và the new 860 Pro, but most of the specifications are measured with high queue depth workloads that are more meaningful for professional products. Consumer workloads occur almost exclusively at low-queue depths. They also tend to have extended idle time between bursts of activity.

Samsung lists identical performance specifications for every 860 EVO capacity point. Sequential performance weighs in at 550/520 MB/s of read/write throughput while random performance tops out at 98,000/90,000 read/write IOPS. You"ll need to lớn push the drives very hard with intense multitasking to lớn reach those heights.

Samsung"s advantage over the rest of the market is its ability lớn deliver the highest performance at low queue depths. This started before 3 chiều flash but escalated when the company rolled out V-NAND. More troubling to other SSD manufacturers, Samsung"s continued momentum with each V-NAND revision makes it hard for competitors to pinpoint a performance target. V-NAND is now in its fourth generation, and Samsung raised the bar again for performance & endurance while further reducing power consumption.

Features

Samsung outfitted the 860 series with a new MJX controller that supports low-power DDR4memory, so it likely has a new integrated memory controller. We also suspect the company built the MJX controller on a smaller lithography that enables lower power consumption, cooler operation, and reduced manufacturing costs.

Samsung claims its fourth-generation 64-layer V-NAND is 30% more energy efficient than its 48-layer predecessor. Samsung accomplished the feat by reducing the input đầu vào voltage from 3.3 volts khổng lồ just 2.5 volts. It also reduced the program time to lớn 500 microseconds, which is 1.5X faster than the previous generation.

We purchased our 860 EVO drives at Newegg, so they are the same as the models you can buy today. The 860 series supports hardware encryption with TCG Opal & Microsoft"s eDrive.

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The 860 Pro came lớn us with a note about improved Linux compatibility & NAS use, but the EVO was not specifically mentioned. Given the sensitivity of the data stored on a NAS, we would recommend letting the EVO mature before considering this a viable option for that use case.

Pricing, Warranty và Endurance


860 Pro 2.5"64-Layer 3 chiều MLC860 EVO 2.5"64-Layer 3d TLC860 EVO M.2 (SATA)64-Layer 3d TLC860 EVO mSATA64-Layer 3 chiều TLC
256GB$139.99
512GB$249.99
1TB$479.99
2TB$949.99
4TB$1,899.99
250GB$94.99
500GB$169.99
1TB$329.99
2TB$649.99
4TB$1,399.99
250GB$94.99
500GB$169.99
1TB$329.99
2TB$649.99
250GB$94.99
500GB$169.99
1TB$329.99

The 860 EVO comes in 12 SKUs that cover three size factors and up to lớn five capacities. We"ll focus on the 2.5" models in this review, but we won"t close the door on a future review of the M.2 or mSATA models.

We purchased the 250GB, 500GB, và 1TB drives. The 2TB & 4TB models appear intriguing, but that quickly dimmed when I pulled out my AMEX. Pricing starts at $95 for the 250GB & jumps quickly lớn $170 & $330.

Some speculate the 860 series came to market in January to lớn push back on Crucial"s MX500 that currently sells for $80, $135, và $260 for the same 250GB, 500GB, and1TBcapacities. Samsung won"t be able to curb MX500 sales based on pricing alone. The 860 EVO carries a premium price, and that makes it vulnerable khổng lồ low-cost SATA và NVMe SSDs. The latter is even capable of achieving higher performance.


Capacity Class256GB512GB1TB2TB4TB
860 Pro (New) (TBW)3006001,2002,4004,800
850 Pro (TBW)150300300450600
860 EVO (New) (TBW)150300 600 1,2002,400
850 EVO (TBW)75150150300300
Crucial MX500 (TBW)100180360700x
WD Blue 3 chiều /SD Ultra 3 chiều (TBW)100200400500x

The 860 EVO breaks new ground for endurance. If is wasn"t for the new 860 Pro that provides twice the endurance rating, the 860 EVO would vị trí cao nhất the consumer SSD market with its 150TB of write endurance for every 250GB of usable capacity. The SSDs still carry a standard five-year warranty.

Software and Accessories

We were able to kiểm tra the latest version of Samsung"s Magician software now that the drives are actually on the market. The new 860 series & the 850 non-Pro/EVO from trung quốc are now supported. They also work with Rapid Mode, which is Samsung"s DRAM cache algorithm that increases performance và reduces wear on the flash.

The software allows you to lớn monitor and test the drive. In some instances, you can even delete all the data with the secure erase function from inside the operating system. But that"s only if the stars align and you boot from a different drive. The list of criteria for that process lớn work keeps getting longer. You can also use Magician to build a bootable thumb drive to reach the same conclusion. Unfortunately, it just takes more steps & complicates the process.

Samsung also gives 860 owners access to lớn a data migration tool you can use khổng lồ clone the data from an existing drive lớn your new storage media.