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Samsung SSD 830 512GB review

A neat solution for your laptop

Our Verdict

For

  • Fast boot times
  • Very good performance
  • Bundled SATA USB interface

Against

  • Bundled software Windows only

Samsung is one of the largest manufacturers of NAND flash in the world, so you'd expect a great performance from a Samsung solid-state drive.

And there's no doubt that this new model, the latest in Samsung's consumer range of SSDs, certainly delivers.

The Samsung SSD 830 makes significant improvements over last year's 470 models. Controller speed has been improved, and the SATA interface upgraded to the 6GB/s SATA 3.0.

It comes in capacities ranging from the sub-£100 64GB model to this top-of-the-range 512GB drive.

Two bundles are available: a Desktop Kit, featuring mounting brackets and cables, and this Notebook Kit with a useful USB interface for cloning your hard drive to the SSD before fitting.

Read TechRadar's Samsung 830 SSD 256GB (Desktop kit) review

It's NTFS-formatted out of the box, so reformat it in Disk Utility before you start if you are installing to a Mac. Bundled migration software is Windows-only.

Typically for an SSD, the Samsung 830 gives off almost no heat, is silent in operation and as it has no moving parts, makes smaller demands on your notebook's battery.

Testing the Samsung SSD 830 using a 2011 MacBook Pro (which has a 6GB/s SATA interface), it gave us random read speeds averaging 133.252MB/s, with write speeds of 138.884MB/s. As the hard drive supplied in the notebook scored 17.481MB/s and 16.145MB/s respectively, this is a substantial performance boost.

It also booted a clean Lion install in a speedy 17.3 seconds – just over half the time taken by the HDD.

Although Samsung's SSD 830 is a little more expensive than most solid-state drives, its performance justifies the asking price.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSolid State Drive
Product Family830
Drive InterfaceSATA
Drive Width2.5"
Drive Interface StandardSATA/600
Brand NameSamsung
Drive TypeInternal
Storage Capacity512 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-7PC512N
Product NameSSD 830 Series
Manufacturer Part NumberMZ-7PC512N/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
  • 2 x CD
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)62.5 g