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Samsung boosts SSD 850 Evo and 850 Pro to 2TB capacity

By dkpope · 11 replies
Jul 6, 2015
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  1. If you have one drive bay and have been pining for faster local storage, Samsung's latest announcement is for you. They've just added 2TB solid-state drives to its 850 Pro SSD and 850 Evo families.

    The features on the new drives are the same as the their lower capacity siblings in both families, using MLC and TLC NAND respectively, but the higher capacities come of course with a larger price tag. The 2TB 850 Evo is $800, and the 850 Pro is $1,000.

    Samsung's new drives aren't the first of their kind, but they are the first that the general public think about buying - other drives of this type are generally made for data centers and cost thousands of dollars. The drives definitely aren't cheap, but when the price of the 1TB drive is considered, starting at around $400, the price points make sense.

    Both the Evo and the Pro will come in the same 7mm, 2.5-inch cases as the smaller 850 drives. The Pro is guaranteed for 10 years or 300 TBW, and the Evo for five years or 150 TBW. Once the 2TB 850 drives launch, Samsung plans to expand into high capacity 3D V-NAND SSD lineups, to include mSATA and M.2 form factors, to address gaming and high performance customers.

    Also read: Ultimate SSD Showdown: 14 consumer-grade drives compared

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  2. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +441

    Great news.
    The street price will need to moderate a little, but this is still good news.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,407   +2,954

    Current prices look like some sort of anomaly.

    Compare the following products:

    1. Samsung 850 Pro 1 TB vs SanDisk 2TB Optimus Eco
    2. Samsung SM951 512GB vs OCZ 3.2TB Z-Drive R4 C

    The products compared are within the same speed brackets, and yet for an extra space the asking price is several times over. This is nothing short of speculation, those larger capacity products aren't worth the money, not by longest shot.

    With this release Samsung will shove them up where they belong.
  4. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,050   +1,384

    Pulling the product prices from other vendors on amazon isnt always the most accurate way to get the running price for a product- prices are often outdated or ridiculous. but alas it is much cheaper than many similar products.
  5. ...and with the release of these drives, mechanical HD are now obsolete - apart from being substantially less expensive; unless that sort of thing matters to you :p
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,287   +3,698

    As with so many of the "newest" stuff, the prices will fall within a year and then be more reachable for the average computer user. I cal wait until then ...
  7. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,534   +421

    In the Samsung vs OCZ comparison, there's two HUUUUUUUUUGE disparities between performance characteristics. The first are the manufacturer reported IOPs. Random read/write for the OCZ drive is several times larger, which means the OCZ drive is outfitted to handle a higher load of operations, to the extent that is far beyond the average consumer use. Also, these drives are rated to be good for hundreds of terabytes of writing, where the OCZ drive you linked is rated for 80 PETAbytes. Being an entireprise/datacenter drive, the OCZ drive is a completely different monster.

    I don't know, when can we get 8TB SSDs (or a pair of 4s stacked to match the 3.5" form factor) for less than $400? =p
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2015
  8. If the price was down to around double the price of an equivalent sized mechanical hdd I would grab one, purely for putting my games on. Currently I can get a 2TB mech hdd for about €85.
  9. DaveBG

    DaveBG TS Maniac Posts: 406   +152

    Now the capacities will explode. Also are these NVME since I do not want to use the old tech.
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,286   +4,939

    They are SATA, of course they are not NVME!
  11. DaveBG

    DaveBG TS Maniac Posts: 406   +152

    I can see it is not IDE drive... I want to know if they use AHCI or NVME but I guess you are right on this one since currently only some M.2 or PCI-E drives have NVME.
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,286   +4,939

    Let me rephrase my response in the form of a question. Could SATA connection ever support NVME and remain backward compliant?

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