Solid State Drives (SSDs) are becoming cheaper and faster. At CES I saw the Samsung 470 Series SSD, and now we have one for review, so read on.

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Here is how Samsung describe the 470 Series SSDs:

Extremely Fast Performance
Spend more time doing and less time waiting. Samsung Solid State Drives access data a lot faster than standard hard drives. This means less time for a computer to boot up or programs to launch. Data is available much quicker and overall response time is significantly improved. Samsung SSD drives have industry-leading performance of up to 250MB/sec sequential read speed and 220MB/sec sequential write speed which leads to computers booting up in as little as 15 seconds and programs opening up in seconds.
Distinctive Brushed Metal Design
Samsung’s Solid State Drive design has a look to match its performance. The sturdy brushed metal hard shell case protects from shock, dust and corrosion. Since there are no moving parts inside the drive, there is a greater reliability to protect data. And with a light 2.4oz weight, it makes laptops lighter to carry.
Outstanding Efficiency
A Samsung SSD drive has no moving parts so it uses two-thirds less power than a typical hard drive. This adds an average of 30 minutes to a laptop’s battery or decreases the amount of electricity needed to run a hard drive on a desktop computer.

 

There are three variants of the 470 Series SSDs – a 64GB, 128GB and a 256GB, For this review we had the 128GB model.

Specifications

  • 2.5″ Form Factor
  • Up to 220MB/s Write Speed
  • Up to 250MB/s Read Speed
  • Up to 3Gbps Data Transfer Rate
  • Active Power Use: 0.24W
  • Idle Power Use: 0.14W
  • Reliability (Hours): 1.5 Million
  • Three Year Warranty

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What’s in the Box?

Apart from the Series 470 SSD itself, there is a manual and a card.

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Using the SSD with Windows 7

Running the Windows Experience Index provided a 7.7 for the primary hard disk, which was great!

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Speed Tests

Here are the results of the Read test:

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And here are the results of the Write test:

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I think you will agree they are some pretty impressive results.