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Samsung Increases 750 EVO Capacity To 500 GB

The Samsung 750 EVO is an interesting product for the SSD market leader (our review here). The drive first appeared in Japan but later gained additional availability with a focus on the system integrator market. The series is often overshadowed by the 850 EVO, but that may soon change. A new 500GB capacity size was just announced, and Samsung has officially changed the focus from system integrators to retail sales with availability to over 50 countries.

Samsung's strategy for the entry-level SSD market was to place the 850 EVO just a few dollars higher than the lowest-priced products available from other manufacturers. The 850 EVO costs more, but the price difference was always so small that users would pony up the extra money to increase performance and endurance. The strategy worked, and the 850 EVO is one of the best-selling SSDs of all time.

Low-cost triple-level cell flash from Toshiba and Micron have lowered entry-level SSD prices. Consumers can now purchase 512 GB class SSDs for as low as $100. Samsung can no longer sustain using the 850 EVO to combat entry-level products; the advanced V-NAND (3D) flash simply costs too much to manufacture.

When initially released, the 750 EVO appeared to be a solid competitor to new, ultra low-priced SSDs. In an odd maneuver, Samsung targeted the system integrator market with two low capacity sizes. The 120 GB and 250 GB products worked well for the intended market but failed to reach the fastest-growing SSD sales arena--512 GB. The new 750 EVO 500GB attacks the two issues. The press release outlines the changes in a subtle way:

The 750 EVO line-up is an ideal PC upgrade option that will turbo-charge users’ computing and multi-tasking needs at their home, school and office. With Samsung Data Migration and Magician software, upgrading to the 750 EVO from an existing storage device is quick and easy. The SSD also features reliable AES 256-bit hardware encryption to ensure stored data remain safe and secure. Unlike an HDD, the 750 EVO SSD has no moving parts, so consumers do not need to worry about the wear and tear on moving parts that can result in lost or corrupted data.

The market change and capacity extension give Samsung a competitive solution in the lowest-priced SSD retail tier and the fastest growing sector. 

Product750 EVO 120 GB750 EVO 250 GB750 EVO 500 GB
MSRP$54.99$74.99$149.99
Current Pricing$52.99$78.99NA
Form Factor2.5-inch2.5-inch2.5-inch
ControllerSamsung MGX 2-CoreSamsung MGX 2-CoreSamsung MGX 2-Core
NAND FlashSamsung 16nm Planar TLCSamsung 16nm Planar TLCSamsung 16nm Planar TLC
Sequential Read540 MB/s540 MB/s540 MB/s
Sequential Write520 MB/s520 MB/s520 MB/s
Random Read94,000 IOPS97,000 IOPSNA
Random Write35,000 IOPS35,000 IOPSNA
Hardware EncryptionAES 256-bitAES 256-bitAES 256-bit
Endurance35 TBW70 TBW100 TBW
Warranty3-Years3-Years3-Years

The 750 EVO doesn't just step in the new arena, it may soon dominate it. Traditionally, entry-level SSDs do not offer features like hardware-based encryption technology, high write speeds, or advanced software packages. Samsung steps onto the field with all of these features enabled. It's like taking the plate with a wider and longer baseball bat.

In order to achieve the lower price point compared to the 850 EVO, Samsung utilized planar (2D) TLC flash on the 16nm lithography node. This matches Micron's 16nm process, but Samsung has a much larger bit output from increased wafer manufacturing ability.

We suspect this was Samsung's plan from the start, but the company took baby steps to gauge market acceptance and to ramp up 16nm TLC manufacturing. 

Chris Ramseyer is a Contributing Editor for Tom's Hardware, covering Storage. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • TechyInAZ
    Cool! I've been using 840 pros, 850 evos and 850 pros for a long time now, they have not dissapointed me. I'm still rocking an 840 pro that is still just as quick as the 850 evo's I've put in my rigs.

    500GB for $150, and with that kind of speed! It makes me remember those days when a 500GB SSD was $500.
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  • jaber2
    Cool! I've been using 840 pros, 850 evos and 850 pros for a long time now, they have not dissapointed me. I'm still rocking an 840 pro that is still just as quick as the 850 evo's I've put in my rigs.

    500GB for $150, and with that kind of speed! It makes me remember those days when a 500GB SSD was $500.
    I remember my first hard drive purchase, it was 120MB drive I paid $240, next year I purchased a 240MB for $240
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  • TechyInAZ
    18023677 said:
    Cool! I've been using 840 pros, 850 evos and 850 pros for a long time now, they have not dissapointed me. I'm still rocking an 840 pro that is still just as quick as the 850 evo's I've put in my rigs.

    500GB for $150, and with that kind of speed! It makes me remember those days when a 500GB SSD was $500.
    I remember my first hard drive purchase, it was 120MB drive I paid $240, next year I purchased a 240MB for $240

    Haha. No kidding. Then later when VelociRaptors HDDs were what, $300?
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  • Dark Lord of Tech
    I have used the 750 120gb's as a boot drives in a few builds , they are solid.
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  • Lutfij
    With anything pertaining to Samsung SSD's disappointment is never to be had unless you purposely smashed it under your truck to see if it's indestructible :D

    I've used the 850 Evo's and they've been solid throughout.
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  • envy14tpe
    I'm still not sure why someone would opt for a 750 over a 850 EVO. Right now, the 500gb 850EVO can be bought for around $160 and it outperforms the 750.

    Also, doesn't the 850 EVO have a 5yr warranty compared to 3yr of 750?
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  • TechyInAZ
    18072454 said:
    I'm still not sure why someone would opt for a 750 over a 850 EVO. Right now, the 500gb 850EVO can be bought for around $160 and it outperforms the 750.

    Also, doesn't the 850 EVO have a 5yr warranty compared to 3yr of 750?

    Yeah the 750 evo isn't that much cheaper than the 850 evo. However, I can definantly see the 750 evo having a better "bang for your buck" in other countries.
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  • Dark Lord of Tech
    I have one as a boot drive 120gb , grabbed it on newegg awhile back for $49.00.
    Reply