Update: You can now preorder the new EVO drives starting at $110 with an estimated ship date of August 14th.
Samsung has enjoyed much success from their wildly popular 840 Series Solid State Drives. But they have just upped the ante by introducing the 840 EVO line. The 2.5″ SATA SSD 840 EVO is aimed at entry-level consumers, however the specs and potential performance seem anything but entry-level. While read/write speeds vary between models, the 250GB 840 EVO features speeds more than twice that of the previous generation. The 1TB model boasts rates of 540MB/s and 520MB/s respectively. Samsung is able to achieve these speeds thanks to the 10-nanometer class 128Gb high-performance NAND flash memory chip architecture and proprietary multi-core MEX controller.
The SSD EVO 840 lineup is available in 5 capacities: 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB. Pricing has not yet been made available and Samsung expects them to ship to major markets beginning in early August. If you can’t wait until then to pickup a massive 1TB SSD, you can check out the currently available (and reasonably priced) Crucial M500 960GB Solid State Drive.
Full press release follows.
SEOUL, Korea–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today held the 2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit at the Westin Chosun Seoul in celebration of the launch of its new solid state drive (SSD), the Samsung SSD 840 EVO. Along with the announcement of its latest SSD and under the theme of “SSDs for everyone,” the Samsung SSD Global Summit also explored the future of the global SSD market, which is quickly replacing the hard disc drive (HDD) market.
“After accelerating the growth of the SSD market with last year’s launch of entry-level, high-performance SSDs, we are introducing much faster SSDs with up to 1TB capacities offering consumers a wider range of choices,” said Young-Hyun Jun, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Samsung Electronics. “Samsung continues to enhance its SSD brand image by delivering the industry’s highest quality solutions and continuously increasing its SSD market share by expanding the adoption of higher density SSDs especially in client PC segments.”
At this year’s event, Samsung unveiled new high-performance, high-density SSDs. Among the highlights were the 840 EVO, a consumer-oriented entry-level, high-performance SATA based SSD offering up to 1TB capacity.
As part of its strategy to expand into the consumer market and further popularize SSDs, Samsung plans to initially introduce the Samsung SSD 840 EVO to major global markets in early August. Samsung will expand into additional markets at a later date.
The new Samsung SSD 840 EVO line-up makes use of the industry’s most compact 10-nanometer class** 128Gb high-performance NAND flash memory, which Samsung began mass producing in April. With these chips and Samsung’s proprietary multi-core MEX controller, the Samsung SSD 840 EVO achieves unrivaled value for performance with improved sequential read and write speeds.
At this year’s Samsung SSD Global Summit, approximately 150 global business press, consumer media and power bloggers from twelve countries were invited, allowing Samsung to introduce high efficiency SSDs to global consumers and show participants just how simple it is to install and utilize SSDs in their notebooks.
Consumer-Oriented High-Performance Entry-Level SSD ‘840 EVO’ Line-up Launch (up to 1TB)
Samsung has released the entry-level SSD ‘840 EVO’ line-up with significantly higher sequential write performance. Utilizing the industry’s most compact 10nm-class 128Gb high-performance NAND, Samsung proprietary controller and Turbo Write drive, the Samsung SSD 840 EVO boasts superior performance.
Compared with the 250GB 840 Series SSD, the highest selling capacity of the 840 lineup, the new 250GB 840 EVO now delivers 520MB/s sequential write speed – making it more than two times faster than the previous generation. In the case of 120GB model, the 840 EVO achieves up to 410MB/s sequential write speed, which is approximately three times as fast as that of the 120GB 840 Series SSD.
For the 1TB 840 EVO SSD, the sequential read/write performance has reached 540MB/s and 520MB/s. Furthermore, both the random read and write performance have improved, reaching 98,000 IOPS (Input Output Operations Per Second) and 90,000 IOPS, respectively. This significantly enhances the user’s real-world computing experience, especially when he or she is dealing with very large data files.
The Samsung SSD 840 EVO line-up is available in five capacities: 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB, supporting a wide range of computing environments and IT applications. It has also significantly narrowed the capacity-induced differences in performance, which gives consumers a broader spectrum of devices to choose from.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
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** Editors’ Note: 10-nanometer class means a process technology node somewhere between 10 and 20 nanometers.