Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD Review

Some companies just have a knack for making their way into my life.  My home and offices are populated with plenty of Samsung tech; I have a Samsung microwave, LED TV, Soundbar, Galaxy S3, headphones, Color Laser Printer, 2 Samsung Laptops, etc.  Well, now Samsung wants to entice me with their 840 PRO Series SSD.  Does Samsung’s high-end SSD have what it takes to unseat our current SSD choice, the OCZ Vector?

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With the 840 Series drives, Samsung promises to deliver “Blazing Speeds and Unrivaled Performance” with speed claims of 540MB/s and 450MB/s of sequential read and write speeds.  Keep in mind, these claims are based on unknown hardware and are inline with the claims OCZ made for their Vector drive.

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The 840 PRO Series ships in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB flavors.  This measures 100 x 69.85 x 6.8 mm and weighs in at 53.5g, consumes just .15W.   Samsung has provided a product warranty that lasts 5 years and an MTBF of 1.5 million hours.  The drive supports TRIM, S.M.A.R.T., has an Auto Garbage Collection Algorithm, and also supports AES 256bit Full Disk Encryption (Class 0).  MSRP = $249.99.

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Included in Samsung’s dark and ominous packaging are the 840 PRO SSD, Samsung SmartMigration Software, a Manual on CD, and a Quick Installation Guide.

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The drive isn’t aggressive with graphics and it does not bombard you with colors. Instead, its minimalistic appearance exudes confidence.  The flat black finish and beveled edges provide that industrial feel.  The Samsung logo is front and center.  Around back, a consistent simple approach is met.  The drive is free from adhesives covering any of the four Pentalobe screws that keep the drive together… almost inviting you to take a look inside.

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About Joe D

I have always had a passion for everything computing. In early 2000, I decided to take my passion to the web. Thus, C.O.D. was born. Through the years we have made many great friends at C.O.D. and hope to continue our journey for years to come.

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