Samsung Goes 6 Gb/s: Is The 830-Series SSD King Of The Hill?

Test Setup And Firmware Notes

Test Hardware
Processor
Intel Core i5-2500K (Sandy Bridge), 32 nm, 3.3 GHz, LGA 1155, 6 MB Shared L3, Turbo Boost Enabled
Motherboard
ASRock Z68 Extreme4, BIOS v1.4
Memory
Kingston Hyper-X 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1333 @ DDR3-1333, 1.5 V
System Drive
OCZ Vertex 3 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s
Tested DrivesCrucial m4 64 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 0001

Intel SSD 510 250 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 1.7

Intel SSD 320 300 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: 1.7

Crucial m4 128 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 0001

Crucial m4 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 0002

Crucial m4 512 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 0001

Crucial RealSSD 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 0006

OCZ Vertex 3 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.06

OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.06

OCZ Agility 3 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.06

OCZ Solid 3 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 2.06

Corsair Force 3 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 1.2

Corsair Force 120 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: 2.0

Adata S511 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 311A

Mushkin Chronos Deluxe 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 319A

Patriot Wildfire 120 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 319A

Kingston SSDNow V+100 128 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: CJRA

Western Digital VelociRaptor 300 GB (WD3000HLFS) SATA 3Gb/s

G.Skill FM-25S2S 64 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: 02.1

Seagate Momentus 5400.6 500 GB SATA 3Gb/s

Intel X25-M G2 160 GB, Firmware: 1.7

Samsung 470 256 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: AXMO

Samsung 830 256 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: CXMO

OCZ Vertex 2 (32nm) 120 GB SATA 3Gb/s, Firmware: 1.32

Kingston HyperX 240 GB SATA 6Gb/s, Firmware: 320A
Graphics
Palit GeForce GTX 460 1 GB
Power Supply
Seasonic 760 W, 80 PLUS
System Software and Drivers
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX
DirectX 11
DriverGraphics: Nvidia 270.61
RST: 10.5.0.1022
Virtu: 1.1.101
Benchmarks
Tom's Hardware Storage Bench v1.0
Trace-Based
Iometer 1.1.0
# Workers = # Logical CPUs, 4 KB Random: LBA=16 GB, varying QDs, 128 KB Sequential: QD=1
ATTO Benchmark

LBA=2 GB, QD=2 & 4, varying transfer sizes

PCMark 7
Storage Suite


Firmware Notes

Performance can change noticeably with a firmware update. We'll try to update our benchmark library when a new firmware version is released.

You'll notice that 256 GB Crucial m4 scores are different than what was posted in Second-Gen SandForce: Seven 120 GB SSDs Rounded Up because we've updated to firmware 0002. Overall, we see little performance change, which is why the other m4 capacities haven't been retested.

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  • pbrigido
    With all of these fast SSDs coming to market, I can only hope that the competition starts to drive down prices soon.
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  • kikireeki
    When will we be seeing articles like: SSD price slashed 50%?
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  • pbrigido
    With all of these fast SSDs coming to market, I can only hope that the competition starts to drive down prices soon.
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  • Anonymous
    I still opt for the M4 in all the enthusiast builds I do!

    It boils down to reliability, not one hiccup on M4 yet (or any crucial drive Ive installed), 4/5 Sandforce drives I have installed have had some form of callback problem to resolve once deployed, mostly requiring firmware updates, but a few failed drives as well!

    Mind you, still better than the early Corsair force Series I used, every single one failed! Stopped using them quick!

    Am tempted by OCZ, once they have reliability on their side I will give them a go again!
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  • Anonymous
    Would love to see an article addressing Sandforce controller problems people have been experiencing.
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  • mark_hamill
    Would love to see an article addressing Sandforce controller problems people have been experiencing.
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  • JamesSneed
    Looks like a really nice SSD. Samsung has one of the best validation proceses along with Intel and Crucial so I really don't expect people to have issues like they do with OCZ drives. Now the real question how much will it be on the egg?

    I saw this quote below in the summary and laughed as nobody in there right mind would use a basic MLC drive in a database server. So Samsung tuned the drive for what it will be used in ,desktops, good.
    "Although we'd probably think twice before picking this as our first choice for a database server, it does just fine in an enthusiast's machine."
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  • kikireeki
    When will we be seeing articles like: SSD price slashed 50%?
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  • JohnnyLucky
    great review. now we just have to wait and see how the ssd will hold up over the long haul. If it is anything like the 470, then it should be problem free.
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  • alikum
    Make it $1 per GB at least
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  • beenthere
    We'll see how this series of Samsung SSDs fair. The previous gen was a nightmare of problems so I don't think Samsung's validation process is any better that the rest of the SSD suppliers - which is sad when Samsung controls everything including NAND production. It's amazing that we still have SSDs NOT readt for Prime Time.
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  • AppleBlowsDonkeyBalls
    beenthereWe'll see how this series of Samsung SSDs fair. The previous gen was a nightmare of problems so I don't think Samsung's validation process is any better that the rest of the SSD suppliers - which is sad when Samsung controls everything including NAND production. It's amazing that we still have SSDs NOT readt for Prime Time.


    Proof? I think you just pulled this out of your ass or from someone's that told you some story. The 470 series was VERY reliable.
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  • Kamab
    I've stuck with Intel and crucial drives on rigs that I had any decision on, but it's always nice to see a little competition. I expect prices will continue to drop pretty linearly over the next few years.
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  • David 617
    ahh, its always refreshing to see a newer and faster SSD.
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  • yurim
    What is the physical height of the drive, is it 7 or 9.5 mm? I want to know if it will fit in a ThinkPad x200.
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  • acku
    yurimWhat is the physical height of the drive, is it 7 or 9.5 mm? I want to know if it will fit in a ThinkPad x200.


    7mm but it comes with a spacer to fit 9.5mm
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  • belardo
    Performance matters, but reliability over-rules that.

    Even today, I would NOT use OCZ drives on any computer. Yeah, they are generally the fastest drives on the market, but I'd rather get an intel, even an M2-X25. The return rates for ALL drives, other than intel... are bad. Samsung is worst in performances and tools. But this new drive... we'll have to see over time.
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  • cmartin011
    Another two years before we meet dollar 1gb range for high performance ssd
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  • ikyung
    belardoPerformance matters, but reliability over-rules that.Even today, I would NOT use OCZ drives on any computer. Yeah, they are generally the fastest drives on the market, but I'd rather get an intel, even an M2-X25. The return rates for ALL drives, other than intel... are bad. Samsung is worst in performances and tools. But this new drive... we'll have to see over time.

    Really? Hmm, this is the first time I heard something negative about the 470series SSD. Everytime I read a SSD article the 470series always had good reviews on solid reliability.
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  • JohnnyLucky
    belardoPerformance matters, but reliability over-rules that.Even today, I would NOT use OCZ drives on any computer. Yeah, they are generally the fastest drives on the market, but I'd rather get an intel, even an M2-X25. The return rates for ALL drives, other than intel... are bad. Samsung is worst in performances and tools. But this new drive... we'll have to see over time.



    I have googled every which way and cannot find any references to any major problems or issues with the 470 series that is similar to what other brands have been going through.
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  • boletus
    I'll be watching the customer feedback on objective forums wrt reliability (certainly not mfgr-reported failure rates, which Tom's, and reality, have demonstrated to be useless). If these new Sammys can approach Intel's level of customer satisfaction, it will be a great step forward for SSD technology. If not, well just another pipe dream for those that value reliability over speed.
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  • beenthere
    All you need to do is read the actual owner reviews to know that Samsung a has had a ton of problems with their SSDs, similar to the other SSD suppliers. See Newegg, Samsung, etc. for user reports. I sure hope these folks finally invest the necessary effort to correct all of these SSD issues or I'm not buying their crap.
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