Using Crystal Disk Mark

Crystal Disk Mark

Final Thoughts

Instead of following the industry trend of simply focusing on achieving maximum read/write
performance, Samsung chose to optimize the 830 Series firmware to deliver the fastest random speeds, the best sustained performance, and superior reliability.

The Series 830 SSD is fast, very fast! And that is testing with only a 3Gb/s SATA connection. We will be testing it again with a 6Gb/s SATA connection shortly. There are some SSDs on the market that are a bit faster, but Samsung are positioning this drive as more reliable and faster in sustained use rather than short bursts.

The 830 SSD is thinner than Samsung’s previous SSD, and its also black rather than silver. You would think that it wouldn’t really matter what the drive looks like considering it will be inside either a desktop or laptop, but Samsung have taken the extra effort to make it look as best as they can make it – and it does look good!

It is really nice to see a full licenced copy of Norton Ghost 15.0 included with the SSD rather than the usual cut down software included with other drives. It also means that if you have problems with Ghost itself you can contact Norton direct rather than having to go via Samsung.

The kits are a really good idea as well, given you everything you need to use the drive in whatever scenario you want and need.

I was very impressed to see that Samsung are pushing the reliability of the 830. They claim that the 830 series has twice the lifespan of the 470 series. They also say that even under heavy workloads (they classify that as around 40GB per day) that you can expect to get around 15 years out of the drive. Now that is a long time!

The 830’s firmware algorithm is also designed to protect your data and recover from events such as sudden power losses. Something tells me that sooner or later I will be putting that one to the test in a real world example! In fact, just before starting the review we had a power-cut, so it would have been very useful!

The Magician software is great and is very easy to use, and has lots of cool features. Stay tuned for the proper review of that shortly.

Price wise (including VAT):

Size                 Price

64GB               £105-109

128GB             £189-194

256GB             £349-356

512GB             £699-705

It is also nice to see that the pricing is very similar depending on which kit you go for – so for only a few extra pounds you can get the cables and either the mounting brackets or spacer.

The warranty period on the series 830 drives are 3 years.

So I cannot rate this SSD highly enough – it is fantastic! It is the best SSD I have ever tested! And as I have mentioned, this is with the drive connected to a slower 3GB/s SATA connection. I cant wait to see what it will do on a 6GB/s connection. What is also great is that Samsung have optimised the 830 to perform well on both 3GB/s and 6GB/s SATA connections. Nice one Samsung!

The Series 830 SSD should be available to buy during October.

UWHS Review - Samsung Series 830 SSD

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