Samsung aims to boost adoption of SSDs with speedy new EVO line
July 18, 2013
We've already seen 1 TB-plus capacity solid state drives (SSDs) from the likes of Smart and OCZ, and today Samsung announced it was joining the club with the addition of a new EVO line to its popular 840 SSD lineup. Samsung says the consumer-oriented 840 EVO models will offer up to 1 TB of storage and boast write times up to three times faster than previous 840 Series SSDs.
Replacing a traditional HDD with an SSD is one of the easiest ways to enhance the performance of an older computer, but many have been holding off on an upgrade due to the storage limitations and cost of SSDs. Samsung is hoping its new EVO line will prompt many to make the jump with 120 GB, 250 GB, 500 GB, 750 GB, and 1TB models on offer.
The storage capacities aren't the only notable improvements of the EVO line, with Samsung also promising bumps in read/write speeds that will see applications launch faster and improve the overall responsiveness of the system.
The 250 GB 840 EVO delivers a sequential write speed of 520 MB/s, which Samsung says is twice as fast as the last generation model, while the 120 GB model offers 410 MB/s sequential write speed, which is three times as fast as the 120 GB 840 Series SSD. In the case of the 1 TB 840 EVO SSD, Samsung promises sequential read/write speeds of 540 MB/s and 520 MB/s respectively.
In addition to the consumer-oriented SATA-based EVO line, Samsung also announced the 2.5-inch NVMe SSD XS1715 with storage capacities of up to 1.6 TB. Aimed at the high-end enterprise storage market, it offers a sequential read speed of 3,000 MB/s, which Samsung says is 14 times faster than high-end enterprise HDDs and six times faster than Samsung's previous SSDs aimed at this market.
There's no word on pricing yet, but the company says its new EVO SSDs will be available in "major global markets in early August."
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