Samsung SSD 850 EVO (120GB, 250GB, 500GB & 1TB) Reviewby Kristian Vättö on December 8, 2014 10:00 AM EST
Samsung has always done a great job at power efficiency and the 850 EVO is no exception. In slumber mode the 850 EVO is one of the most efficient drives we have seen and it also explains why Samsung went with the new MGX controller as the 500GB and smaller capacities consume about 30% less power than the 1TB model.
Load power consumption is also exceptional, although once again I should note that the writes are hitting the SLC buffer, which is more power efficient than writing to the TLC array. Right after I stopped writing to the drive I saw the power consumption increase to ~3W while the drive was reading data from SLC and writing it to TLC, but that didn't take longer than 10-20 seconds or so (though it depends on how much you write to the drive). I have some tests prepared for our 2015 SSD suite that will look at power over time more closely, so it will also better account for SLC to MLC/TLC writes.