Samsung PM863 SATA 960GB Enterprise SSD Review

 

 

Samsung PM863 SATA 960GB Enterprise SSD Review

Review:
Samsung PM863 Enterprise SSD

Reviewed
by:
J.Reynolds

Provided
by: Samsung

Firmware
version:
0x3

 

 

Introduction and Market Positioning

Welcome to Myce’s review of the Samsung PM863 Enterprise
SSD.

The PM863 is available in capacities of 120, 240, 480, 960,
1,920, and 3,840GB.  The 960 GB drive is the subject of this review.

Logically, the PM863 replaces the 845DC EVO in Samsung’s
product portfolio.  The PM863 introduces the use of 32 Layer, 3D TLC
V-NAND (another first for Samsung) whereas the 845DC EVO used 2D TLC NAND.

Will the PM863 improve upon the 845DC EVO which we awarded
our ‘Outstanding’ rating? Please read on to find out.


Market Positioning and Specification

Market Positioning

This is how Samsung positions the PM863 –

Samsung PM863 SATA 960GB Enterprise SSD Review

Samsung PM863 SATA 960GB Enterprise SSD Review

Samsung PM863 SATA 960GB Enterprise SSD Review

The PM863 targets read intensive applications and warrants
endurance at 1,400 TBW (Terrabytes Written) over 3 years (which is equivalent
to 1.33 DWPD).  Samsung has also introduced the SM863 (which succeeds the
outstanding 845DC PR0) to target higher endurance requirements.  The SM863 uses
32 Layer, 3D MLC V-NAND and we will be reviewing this drive in the near future.

Samsung is also asserting that the PM863 achieves a higher
level of consistency (a better Quality of Service) than their previous
generation of drives.  We shall look at this aspect closely in this review.

 

Specification

Here is Samsung’s specification for the PM863 –

 

Samsung PM863 SATA 960GB Enterprise SSD Review

 

Here is a picture of the PM863 –

 

Samsung PM863 SATA 960GB Enterprise SSD Review

I understand that the PM863 uses Samsung’s proprietary
Mercury controller.

You can see that the PM863 has the, now familiar, Samsung
black plastic case.

 


Now let’s head to the next page, to look at Myce’s
Enterprise Testing Methodology…..