Samsung’s first consumer QLC 3D-NAND SSDs has appeared on the websites of several European online retailers. The product listings on the European web shops provide the specifications and prices of the 860 QVO series which were first announced during the Samsung Tech Days held in San José, last month.
With four bits per memory-cell, QLC 3D-NAND is the successor to triple level cell (TLC) 3D-NAND. With more bits per cell, data density increases, which means similar sized chips can hold more data. This results in cheaper SSDs but has the drawback of reduced lifetime. Nevertheless, the QLC 3D-NAND are considered an excellent (budget) choice for consumers, with Intel and Crucial already having QLC 3D-NAND consumer SSDs available.
The Samsung 860 QVO SSDs are listed at European web shops in capacities of 1TB, 2TB and 4TB, and they come in a 2.5″ form-factor. Sequential reads and writes are specified at 550MB/s and 520MB/s respectively, while random reads can be performed at a maximum of 96,000 IOPS and random writes are specified at a maximum of 89,000 IOPS.
Samsung provides as 3-year warranty, similar to most other consumer SSDs.
Web shops are currently listing the 1TB model (MZ-76Q1T0BW) at €140 ($160), the 2 TB model (MZ-76Q2T0BW) is priced around €270 ($310) and the 4 TB drive (MZ-76Q4T0BW) will cost around €540 ($620).
According to the information provided by the web shops, the Samsung 860 QVO drives should become available in December.