As part of the 2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit here in Korea, Samsung announced that latest member to their SSD lineup – the Samsung SSD 840 EVO, under the banner ‘SSDs For Everyone’.  This new drive will be available in 120 GB/250 GB/500 GB/750 GB/1 TB capacities, using 19nm Toggle 2.0 TLC, compared to the Samsung SSD 840 which uses 21nm Toggle 2.0 TLC and the 840 Pro which uses 21nm Toggle MLC. We also upgrade to the Samsung MEX Controller onboard, one up from the MDX.

Samsung SSD 840 EVO Specifications
Capacity 120GB 250GB 500GB 
Sequential Read 540MB/s 540MB/s 540MB/s 540MB/s
Sequential Write 410MB/s 520MB/s 520MB/s 520MB/s
4KB Random Read (QD32) 94K IOPS 97K IOPS 98K IOPS 98K IOPS
4KB Random Write (QD32) 35K IOPS 66K IOPS 90K IOPS 90K IOPS
Cache (LPDDR2) 256MB 512MB 512MB 1GB

Samsung SSD 840 EVO vs 840 Pro vs 840 vs 830
SSD 830
SSD 840
Samsung SSD 840 Pro
Samsung SSD 840 EVO
(250 GB)
Controller Samsung MCX Samsung MDX Samsung MDX Samsung
NAND 27nm Toggle-Mode
1.1 MLC
21nm Toggle-Mode
2.0 TLC
21nm Toggle-Mode
19nm Toggle-Mode
2.0 TLC
Sequential Read 520MB/s 540MB/s 540MB/s 540MB/s
Sequential Write 400MB/s 250MB/s 520MB/s 520MB/s
Random Read 80K IOPS 96K IOPS 100K IOPS 97K IOPS
Random Write 36K IOPS 62K IOPS 90K IOPS 66K IOPS
Warranty 3 years 3 years 5 years 3 years

The big thing Samsung want to push with the EVO is the increased write speed for the low capacity models. Using a new feature called 'TurboWrite' (more info on this as we get it), compared to the previous 840, whereby the 120 GB model was rated at 130 MB/s and 86K/32K 4K random IOPS, the new 120 GB model is hitting a rated 410 MB/s write speeds.  The peak 1 TB model is rated for 540/520 MB/s sequential read and write, with 98K/90K IOPS respectively.  The 1 TB models will also feature 1 GB of LPDDR2 DRAM Cache.

Enterprise storage is also the focus of the SSD Summit, with Samsung unveiling the XS1715, an ultra-fast NVMe (Non-Volitile Memory Express) SSD with up to 1.6 TB of storage.  The XS1715 is the first 2.5” SFF-8639 SSD using PCIe 3.0 to provide a maximum sequential speed of 3 GB/s, along with 740k IOPS.  The XS1715 will be available in 400GB, 800GB and 1.6 TB versions, with plans to develop the line of NVMe devices.

More information from the Summit as it occurs throughout today and tomorrow!

UPDATE: Pricing is as follows:

Thus for the 1TB model, $650 makes the drive $0.65/GB.  At the 250GB price point, the basic Evo package is $190, compared to the current 840 standard price of $175 at Newegg.



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  • FunBunny2 - Thursday, July 18, 2013 - link

    Physics says, "No way, Jose". Not with NAND, constructed as it is today. Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, July 18, 2013 - link

    Several companies are selling significantly faster 1TB drives for closer to the $1k point. Samsung could do the same.

    I hope they don't; since I'd like to have more than one option when building my new box later this year, but there's nothing stopping them from doing so.
  • MrSpadge - Thursday, July 18, 2013 - link

    For most users it's better to pocket the savings from TLC now (and they're significant). And if the drive is really worn out after 5 years (unlikely), imagine what the cost difference you pocketed today will get you then. Reply
  • Impulses - Thursday, July 18, 2013 - link

    Hmm, I hadn't really stayed on top of SSD pricing after getting a second 128GB 830 last November... Current 500GB pricing almost makes me think I'll soon be able to relegate HDDs strictly to backup and NAS duties. Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Thursday, July 18, 2013 - link

    The SanDisk Extreme has been on sale for the same price as the Samsung TLC drives and it uses superior MLC. Reply
  • iwod - Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - link

    So Samsung are already shipping 1x nm NAND? Just a few days ago i thought Micron was first. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Thursday, July 18, 2013 - link

    That was 16 nm. Reply
  • eio - Thursday, July 18, 2013 - link

    two generations ahead of everyone else in TLC it game over for other consumer SSD vendors? Reply
  • Parablooper - Thursday, July 18, 2013 - link

    I wonder if the 1TB models will encounter any problems... Reply
  • RaistlinZ - Thursday, July 18, 2013 - link

    So why is the 256GB EVO lower spec than the 256GB Pro? 66K IOPS vs. 90K IOPS. Is the TLC NAND that much superior than MLC?

    And there's only a 3 year warranty on the EVO compared to the 5 year warranty on the Pro. I'm confused...why should I buy the EVO?

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