Samsung's 840 EVO family goes mSATA, retains speed and capacity

By on December 9, 2013, 12:30 PM

Samsung is bringing its much praised 840 EVO family of SSDs down to ultra thin territory with a handful of new models in the mSATA form factor. At 1.5 inches thick that’s a full inch thinner than a standard 2.5-inch laptop drive, yet the company was able to retain the lineup’s 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities -- an industry first -- as well as the same up to 540MB/s and 520MB/s sequential write and read times.

Other performance claims include up to 98,000 random read IOPS and 90,000 random write IOPS. In addition, the new mSATA SSDs come bundled with the latest version of Samsung’s Magician software, which further boosts performance to up to 1GB/s reads on RAPID ( Real-time Accelerated Processing of I/O Data) mode.

The 840 EVO mSATA SSD uses Samsung’s newest 128Gb NAND flash memory which is based on a “10nm class process technology” (marketing speak for 19nm). In order to achieve the impressive 1 terabyte milestone Samsung had to cram a total of four 256GB flash memory packages, each containing 16 layers of 128Gb chips.

The new drives support 256-bit AES encryption and are fully TCG Opal and IEEE 1667 compliant. Samsung says the 840 EVO mSATA SSD lineup will be available this month globally, although details such as an exact launch date, along with pricing and warranty on these units are still to be disclosed.




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GhostRyder GhostRyder said:

Holy Crud, a 1tb M-Sata SSD, now that is something I could get behind!

Pioneer Pioneer said:

I can't wait for these to become the norm at $80. (hopefully pc games won't suddenly take up 600 GB by then)

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Makes me want to look for a laptop again when these come out...

1 person liked this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

I can't wait for these to become the norm at $80. (hopefully pc games won't suddenly take up 600 GB by then)

I can't wait for these to become the norm at $50. (hopefully PC games won't suddenly take up 600 GB by then but if they do, at that price I'll just buy a few more).

1 person liked this | RzmmDX said:

I can't wait for these to become the norm at $80. (hopefully pc games won't suddenly take up 600 GB by then)

I can't wait for these to become the norm at $50. (hopefully PC games won't suddenly take up 600 GB by then but if they do, at that price I'll just buy a few more).

Wait a minute, wouldn't that mean that games would be cartridge based again?

ikesmasher said:

Youd think so, games would just be saved to SSDs.

Honestly im almost surprised physical copies of games arent sold in flash drives now xD

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