Review: Samsung 850 EVO mSATA & M.2.
Reviewed by: Wendy Robertson
Provided by: Samsung
Here at Myce.com, we have already reviewed the Samsung 850 EVO SATA SSD, with its ground breaking TLC 3D V-NAND, and found it to be an excellent performer. Today I’m taking a look at a couple of variations to the Samsung 850 EVO, which expands the 850 EVO SSD range into all ‘consumer grade’ form factors, in the shape of the 850 EVO mSATA SSD, and the 850 EVO M.2. SSD.
Instead of creating a separate review for each SSD, I have decided to cover both of these new SSDs in the same article. The drives I will be looking at are….
- Samsung 850 EVO mSATA 500GB. Available in capacities of 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB.
- Samsung 850 EVO M.2. 250GB using an M.2. 2280 form factor. Available in capacities of 120GB, 250GB, and 500GB.
I should point out right at the start of this article, that you cannot directly compare these two SSDs, as they have different capacities, which means they will have different performance characteristics. For example, 250GB 850 EVO SSDs have 3GB of emulated SLC NAND (Turbo Write Area), whilst the 500GB variants have 6GB of emulated SLC NAND. The extra ‘Turbo Write’ area will of course give the 500GB version of the 850 EVO much better sustainable writing performance.
I should also point out that both these SSDs are pre-production evaluation samples, and the final production drives may not be the same, or perform identically to these pre-production units.
So let’s find out how these new SSDs perform in our range of tests.
Samsung company information
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The Samsung 850 EVO mSATA 500GB SSD
The Samsung 850 EVO M.2. 250GB SSD
Now let’s head to the next page, where we look in more detail at the Samsung 850 EVO SSD…..