Final Words

The Samsung SSD 830 isn't the fastest drive we've tested, but it generally produces results in the upper echelon of high-end SSDs. If Samsung is able to at least match the current pricing of the SSD 470 and continue its excellent track record in drive reliability, I can see the 830 being a fine recommendation for pretty much any desktop user. The power consumption numbers are a bit troubling but as I alluded to earlier, we are testing a ridiculously high capacity unit - it remains to be seen how smaller capacity drives fare in the power charts.

It's amazing to see Samsung come so far in the enthusiast space. From a drive that I simply wouldn't recommend to building a downright competitive solution backed by a near flawless track record. What I'm even more excited about with this drive is the fact that it will likely find its way into a number of high end OEM systems over the next year. Although I'm glad that more manufacturers are offering SSDs with their systems, I'm often disappointed by their controller selection. If the PM830 is included in the option pool for the next round of design wins however, I'll be much more comfortable recommending that users tick the vendor-supplied SSD option (*cough* Apple).

I've had the SSD 830 for less than a week and in my limited testing it does seem to do very well. I'll be hammering on it for the weeks and hopefully months to come but as I've already mentioned, Samsung's reputation for reliability rivals that of Intel. Despite the praise though I do wish Samsung would more significantly address one of its long standing issues. I honestly believe Intel has the right idea of performing as much garbage collection in real time as possible. Very few (if any) desktop workloads require > 100MB/s of small file random writes, I would gladly trade some performance there for higher numbers in a fragmented state. Idle time garbage collection just seems like an ineffecient way to do things, you end up dealing with very high write amplification and potentially harm the overall user experience when you're not idle as a result.

In the end I welcome the 830 as another high-speed option in the 6Gbps space. We have a number of great performers to choose from, but what matters most today is reliability and solid validation testing. The Samsung SSD 830 may be able to join Intel's SSD 510 in delivering both of those without sacrificing performance.

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  • Gilbert Osmond - Saturday, September 24, 2011 - link

    Didn't read the article yet, but I sure did post the first comment. Looks like a fun read.
  • Stahn Aileron - Saturday, September 24, 2011 - link

    Do people seriously still do this? You think people would grow up and out of dumb habits eventually.
  • Mumrik - Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - link

    You'd think so, but GiantBomb even has an site achievement for getting first post (and not writing "first").
  • vol7ron - Friday, October 7, 2011 - link

    But shouldn't it be okay if you post w/in the minute of it listing? Or, if it is published at some ungodly hour, like 4:39AM
  • orangpelupa - Saturday, September 24, 2011 - link

    atleast he is polite and honest :D
  • kevith - Saturday, September 24, 2011 - link

    Some seems to believe this is another Facebook....
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    Aloonatic likes this *thumbs up*
  • tipoo - Saturday, September 24, 2011 - link

    But by replying, we made the useless thread longer....So did this comment, but lets try not to in the future ;)

    AT's comments do need some work though, edit button + downrank/hide option for comments like these would be miles improved by themselves.
  • DigitalFreak - Saturday, September 24, 2011 - link

    Die in a fire
  • iamezza - Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - link

    First posts should be auto-deleted when containing the word 'first' ;)

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