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Samsung SSD 830 256GB review

OEM reliability arrives for consumer-class drives

Our Verdict

A really strong consumer-level effort from Samsung, though the SSD 830 isn't the quickest drive around.

For

  • Reliability emphasised
  • Great incompressible writes
  • Sleek design

Against

  • Down on performance vs competitors

Samsung has taken the unprecedented move with its Samsung SSD 830 256GB of using its own individually created firmware, DRAM and NAND. Does that give it the edge?

Samsung has been overshadowed a bit by the likes of Corsair, OCZ and Kingston in the high performance SSD market.

The latter companies opted for the Sandforce controller in their drives and have hit perpetually impressive sequential read/write performance levels with each new generation, which makes them the go-to guys for enthusiast storage.

It's not like Samsung is a newcomer to the market though; far from it. Its OEM dealings with industry giant Apple contribute to a 26% market share in SSDs across consumer and OEM sectors.

The Korean powerhouse was also heavily involved in the early days of the SSD, providing reference designs which other manufacturers built their drives around.

The arrival of this consumer drive, the Samsung SSD 830, makes a lot of sense when you consider Samsung's know-how and quiet but significant involvement in the market.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSolid State Drive
Product Family830
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width2.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/600
Brand NameSamsung
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity256 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Read Transfer Rate520 MBps
Maximum Write Transfer Rate400 MBps
Height7 mm
Width69.9 mm
Depth100 mm
Product Series830
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelMZ-7PC256N
Product NameSSD 830 Series
Manufacturer Part NumberMZ-7PC256N/EU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Solid State Drives, or SSDs, are innovative data storage devices that deliver high performance, reliability, and quality by using NAND Flash memory instead of the magnetic disks used in traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDDs). SSDs provide very fast PC booting and application loading speeds and perform exceptionally well in multi-tasking environments all while consuming less power, emitting very little heat, producing no noise, and offering outstanding stability compared to conventional HDDs. Please visit www.samsung.com/SSD for more information on SSD technology.

Package Contents
  • Samsung SSD 830 Series
  • SATA to USB Adapter Cable
  • Mounting Spacer
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)62.5 g