Last year was a big year for Samsung and their SSDs, and it isn't that long ago that I tested the Samsung 840 EVO range of SSDs. In fact the review editors here at Myce.com voted the 840 EVO series of SSDs as the best consumer grade SSD of 2013.
Let's fast forward a few months, and Samsung have taken the 840 EVO making it available in the much smaller mSATA form factor. There are few motherboards available which already have an mSATA slot available, but it is most likely that the 840 EVO mSATA SSD is aimed at the Ultrabook and laptop market.
The Samsung 840 EVO mSATA utilises the now familiar Samsung MEX SSD controller, coupled with 19nm TLC NAND. The NAND onboard the 840 EVO is a little more interesting than the NAND of the normal 840 EVO series of SSDs, but we'll take a look at the NAND a little later in this article.
Samsung was kind enough to send me two SSDs for review. A 250GB model, and the world's first 1TB mSATA SSD. In this article I will be taking a look at the 1TB model, and I will cover the 250GB model a little later. There are also 120GB and 500GB versions available.
I will also introduce the new 'revision 3 Myce Reality Suite', with an expanded range of tests, and a new test platform. We will also take a look at this a little bit later in the article.
So let's find out how this new SSD performs in our range of tests.
Samsung company information
Samsung should need no introduction, but those of you who would like to find out more about Samsung, can do so at their website.
The Samsung 840 EVO mSATA - 1000GB SSD
Now it’s time to take a look at the drive itself and what it came shipped with.
The review sample I received was the full retail kit.
Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD full retail kit
The full retail kit contained the following items. The Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD itself, a couple of 'Samsung SSD activated' stickers, and an instruction and warranty information booklet.
The software supplied via download from the Samsung website is as follows.
- Samsung Magician 4.3
- Samsung Migration software (not shown or tested)
The Samsung Magician software allows the user to maintain the SSD, and has the following features.
- Disk drive: Brings up useful information about the SSD, including its health status, and how much data has been written to the SSD.
- System info: Allows the user to see system and drive properties.
- Performance Benchmark: Performs a basic benchmark on the SSD.
- Performance optimization: Performs a manual TRIM of the SSD.
- OS Optimization: Allows operating system features, that can affect SSD performance, to be switched on or off.
- Firmware Update: Allows the Samsung 840 EVO mSATA firmware to be updated.
- Secure Erase: Sends a Secure Erase command to the SSD, clearing all NAND and returning the SSD back to its default factory state.
- Over Provisioning: Allows the user to set aside a given amount of NAND as a manual over provisioning area.
- SSD authenticity test: Checks to make sure that the SSD is a genuine Samsung SSD.
- Enable Rapid mode: Enables the NVELO 'Rapid' cache feature.
- Data Security: Applying 256-bit AES keys, the new self encryption feature allows strong data security, and is compliant with TCG Opal and IEEE 1667 standards.
Now let's head to the next page, where we look in more detail at the Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD.....