I’ve had my Samsung 840 EVO 250GB Solid State Drive (SSD) for three weeks and a day. In that time, I’ve used my computer for everything from gaming to video editing and everything in between. Here are my thoughts on the drive so far.
First a word about how it arrived. As with most things electronic, I ordered the drive from NewEgg. And I must say that I was quite surprised to have it arrive in a manila envelope – a bubble-wrap lined envelope, but none the less, an envelope. I know that a SSD is nothing more than a couple of memory chips and a circuit board, but really, an envelope? Even though that was the case, the drive arrived without a problem.
Another note about how the drive arrived. These drives, even though they carry a price tag of basically a dollar a gigabyte (depending on when and where you buy them), they arrive with only the basics. By “basics” I mean: the drive, a couple of manuals, a CD with outdated drivers and a case sticker. You will not find a 3.5″ drive adapter bracket, a set of screws, a power cable or a data cable included with this drive. Luckily for me, my case has an SSD mounting solution so a bracket wasn’t needed, my spare parts bin had the screws and I had all the cables I needed. But really Samsung, for a drive as expensive as these are, I would have expected all of those items in the box. When placing these drives in older systems (which I did at my office) I needed to order adapter brackets which cost me precious time. Please step up your game and include these required “accessories” when you sell something.
Before moving on, a bit of history about my system. This SSD replaced my OS drive, well OS array actually. I had two 750GB Seagate 7200RPM Barracuda SATA2 drives in a RAID0 array. I had my machine configured that way for two reasons, I needed the speed and, at the time, felt I needed the space. But I was terrified that one of the drives would fail and leave my machine dead, so I looked at the only alternative – an SSD that I could afford.
“Afford” meant I needed to balance cost vs space. That weighed heavily on my mind as I shopped. I knew I needed at LEAST a 250 GB drive, but was really yearning for a 500GB drive. This screen grab shows why:
44GB of free space is really choking me. It’s a good thing that I have another array of drives (two 1TB Seagates in RAID0) for data. I’m dealing with it because of the speed, but I’m already saving my pennies for either a larger drive or another one just like it to create a RAID0 array with.
On a side note: It’s a good thing I did start to look when I did. After pulling the 750GB drives, I wiped them. During that wipe, one of them failed. If I hadn’t replaced these drives, I was looking at a failure in my very near future – probably when I needed the machine the most.
I knew these drives were fast, I had purchased three of them for my office to upgrade some CAD workstations – to give them a punch when loading Autodesk’s Civil 3D platform. I knew they carried the performance that I was after but I wasn’t prepared for what I saw after I installed my SSD. The main reason was, all of the machines I upgraded are running SATA2 drive controllers. While there is still a very noticeable performance gain, there is more – much more – that can be pulled from these SSDs. Which is what I found when I installed the SSD in my computer – which has SATA3 drive controllers.
Just how much? Take a look at these two images:
Before the SSD – Performance of two 750GB, 7200 RPM, SATA2 drives in a RAID0 array.
The SSD’s performance on the SATA3 controller.
As you can tell, it’s quite an upgrade from my RAID array. (My system boots in about 7 seconds now. Games that used to take minutes to load now load in seconds. Starting a browser is instantaneous. It’s amazing!)
In conclusion, I can say that I’m very happy with the Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD. The only regret I have (outside of the “accessories” mentioned above) is that it’s the 250GB model and not the 500GB one.