Samsung's budget 750 EVO SSD with planar NAND waits in the wingsBy Shawn Knight 7 comments
Samsung's 750 EVO solid state drive broke cover over the weekend on the company's Japanese website before being quickly redacted, suggesting the posting may have been an accident. Fortunately for the curious among us, Tom's Hardware was able to gather the pertinents before it vanished.
The premature posting indicated the 750 EVO will use a Samsung MGX controller, the same one utilized in the 850 EVO and large-capacity 850 PRO models. Curiously enough, the page made no mention of 3D V-NAND which suggests the 750 EVO may rely on 2D planar TLC NAND like the kind used in the 840 EVO.
In terms of performance, the 750 EVO is said to offer sequential read speeds of 540MB/sec and sequential writes of 520MB/sec. At a queue depth of 32, random reads are rated at 94,000 IOPS while random writes check in at 88,000 IOPS. The drive features AES 256-bit FDE and TCG Opal 2.0 encryption in addition to IEEE 1667.
The listing in question was for a 120GB variant although there was also a (dead) link to a 250GB model.
As the publication correctly points out, solid state drive prices have fallen as of late - a trend that's expected to continue. It's already possible to get a 256GB SSD for under $80 and come Black Friday, we could see drives offered in the $40-50 range - prices that are expected to hold following the annual post-Thanksgiving sale. If the specs are accurate, the 750 EVO could give Samsung a competitive product in the entry-level market.