Review: Samsung SSD 860 EVO M.2 (2280) SATA3 500GB [MZ-N6E500BW]

Samsung 860 EVO is the world’s best-selling SATA SSD. Specially designed for mainstream PCs and laptops, using V-NAND technology and a reliable controller with a streamlined algorithm, this drive is a very fast SSD for everyday tasks.

The EVO series uses 3-bit flash memory per cell (TLC), but it reserves 2.3% of the NAND capacity for background operations and caching. This helps offset the poor write performance of the TLC memory.

Samsung has equipped the 860 series SSD with a new MJX controller that supports low-power DDR4 memory, so it probably has a new built-in memory controller. Most likely, the company managed to create an MJX controller based on a smaller lithography, which ensures lower power consumption, cooler operation and lower production costs.

Samsung approves that its fourth-generation 64-layer V-NAND consumes 30% more power than its 48-layer predecessor. Samsung has taken a big step forward by lowering the input voltage from 3.3 V to just 2.5 Volts. It also allowed to reduce the data access speed to 500 microseconds, which is 1.5 times faster than in the previous generation.

The 860 Series supports hardware encryption using Opal TCG and Microsoft eDrive.

The 860 EVO has excellent endurance and reliability. If there weren’t a new 860 Pro that provides double endurance rating, the 860 EVO would become the market leader in solid state drives with 150 TB endurance for recording for every 250 GB of used capacity. SSDs are still covered by the standard five-year warranty.

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Review: Corsair Force MP510 SSD PCIe M.2 NVMe 480GB [CSSD-F480GBMP510]

The Corsair Force Series solid-state drives range has a strong lineage dating back to 2010. Having passed through several stages of controllers, NAND types and recently moving from strictly SATA to PCIe interface with several form factors, Corsair products have become one of the best products on the SSD market. The Corsair Force MP510 has excellent endurance performance and almost the best-in-class performance, with a five-year warranty. The Force Series MP510 line belongs to the high-end category.

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Review: Team L5 Lite 3D SSD 120GB [T253TD120G3C101]

What is Teamgroup SSD Team L5 Lite 3D SSD 120GB in a nutshell? This is a budget TLC SSD with certain modern features that the more expensive competitors have. Ideal as an inexpensive and fast drive for mining farm, as a system drive. But as the only drive in a laptop, it is not recommended to use it – there will be not enough space for the system and file storage.

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Review: Intel SSD 660P M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 QLC Retail Box 1TB [SSDPEKNW010T8X1]

Intel’s new SSD is built on 3D NAND QLC memory with 64 layers, designated by the manufacturer as 3D2 QLC. 1-TB drive is equipped with two chips, with four crystals each. The controller supports NVMe 1.3, PCIe 3.0 x4 interface and Toggle Mode 2.0 and 3.0. The SSD 660p is clearly noticeable reduction in the estimated recording load associated with the transition to QLC NAND. The drive is guaranteed for a period of five years if the TBW resource has not been exhausted. For this 1 TB SSD TBW is only 200 TB, which is even less than in the most entry-level SSDs. As in the case of TLC disks, the SSD 660p is equipped with a rather large dynamic SLC cache for faster write speeds. However, in the case of the Intel SSD 660P M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 QLC, data always passes through the SLC cache, which leads to a significant drop in performance when the cache is full, approximately to the level of the HDD.

Of the positive aspects, in addition to a good price, it has the low temperatures of the drive (in idle mode – 37 ° C, under full load – up to 66 ° C).

Among the main features that appear in the description from the manufacturer is end-to-end data protection, ensuring the integrity of stored data and support for Intel Rapid Start technology, which allows quickly bring the system out of sleep mode.

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Review: Samsung SSD 970 Evo Plus M.2 NVMe Retail-Version 250GB [MZ-V7S250BW]

In Samsung SSD 970 Evo, the manufacturer only slightly increased its performance compared to the “people’s favorite” 960 EVO, but the new drive has a two-year warranty period more than the drives of the previous series. In addition, SSDs also differ in TBW, which in the old version was only 100 TB for every 250 GB of capacity, and in the Samsung SSD 970 Evo it was increased to 150 TB TBW. SSD received a new controller Phoenix, which is used in drives of the top segment.

There are also the differences between the “PLUS” version and the usual 970 Evo: it is much faster, less heated, and its chips have 96 layers, unlike the old version with 64 layers. All these innovations should affect not only the performance of SSD, but also its reliability.

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Review: Samsung SSD 860 EVO SATA3 250GB [MZ-76E250B/EU]

We already reviewed the bestseller from Samsung on our website. Since the last order in September 2018, in which this SSD was placed, it had not dropped in price due to its crazy popularity. The disk is still in the segment for budget assemblies, but in 2018 there were many negative reviews about it on the Yandex.Market and Amazon, where customers complain about poor compatibility with AMD systems and a large number of defective unites released in summer of 2018 year.

The SSD uses TLC technology and is not the cheapest option among its rivals. For a long time, it was in demand due to its reliability, about it so much was said in the reviews.

According to Samsung itself, the drive is designed specifically for mainstream PCs and laptops, uses V-NAND technology and a robust controller with a streamlined algorithm. Manufactured in a wide range of form factors for best compatibility with most configurations. Read and write speeds are stable even under high loads and when using multi-tasking. The sequential write speed of the 860 EVO drive using intelligent writing technology (Intelligent TurboWrite) reaches 520 MB / s. The sequential read speed reaches 550 MB / s. TurboWrite buffer size for improvement file transfer speed increased from 12 GB to 78 GB.

The drive write resource (TBW) is up to 8 times higher than a similar characteristic of the previous drive model – 850 EVO SSD. The latest V-NAND technology provides a working life of up to 2400 TBW or a 5-year limited warranty.

Users note that the drive works at the maximum stated speed, as long as the cache capacity is sufficient, then the speed drops to about 300 Mb / S.

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Review: Crucial MX500 M.2 2280 500GB [CT500MX500SSD4]

Crucial MX500 is one of the most successful SSD series on the market due to its high performance and surprisingly low price. In the computeruniverse online store, you can buy disks of a series of different form factors from 2.5 ″ SATA to M.2 PCI Express x4 and in capacities from 250 GB to 2 TB.

The Crucial MX500 M.2 2280 500GB [CT500MX500SSD4] uses 64-layer 3D TLC NAND chips from Micron. Drives with TLC memory are less productive than options with MLC NAND. Crucial, in order to achieve a higher speed of its TLC disks, allocates a small amount of memory with a dynamic size as an SLC cache, which writes one bit to each TLC cell instead of three. Unlike productive M.2 drives, the MX500 model does not use the NVMe interface, so the read and write speeds of the drive are at the level of 2.5 inch SATA models.

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Review: Intenso TOP SSD 512GB

Intenso TOP SSD 512GB is the cheapest SSD on a computeruniverse site with a capacity of 500 GB and one of the most popular products in the store in March 2019. Powered by MLC flash memory and has fairly high read and write speeds (520 MB / s / 490 MB / s)

The drive is made in the case of aluminum alloy in the form factor 2.5 ″ 7 mm, which is not protected from opening. As testers from overclockers.ru confirm, in SSD that came into their hands, Micron’s selected flash memory was used. It is usually intended to be used in models with an increased level of reliability requirements. However, since the manufacturer in the characteristics of the disk does not declare any data on the internal component of the disk, do not be surprised if another memory is used in your Intenso TOP SSD 512GB.

The main disadvantages of Intenso products are the lack of any technical support and the ability to upgrade the firmware. There is not even at least some firm software application for servicing the drive.

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Review: Intel SSD 545s 2.5Zoll SATA TLC 256GB [SSDSC2KW256G8X1]

The current generation of 3D NAND offers a noticeably higher storage density and has a lower cost than planar memory, and due to the increased cell size, it can provide a good level of performance and reliability.

Intel’s SSD uses a new 64-layer Intel memory with three-bit cells, which replaces the planar three-bit memory SK Hynix.

In 2017, Intel was the first to release a solid-state drive based on a new 64-layer TLC 3D NAND.

Intel SSD 545s 2.5Zoll SATA TLC 256GB [SSDSC2KW256G8X1] is the third model from Intel, based on the controller of the manufacturer Silicon Motion. However, in the SSD 540s a newer chip SM2259 is used, which is exclusive for Intel SSDs so far. The architecture in the new version of the controller has not changed – it is based on a 32-bit RISC processor and uses four channels to interact with the flash memory array. But thanks to increasing clock frequency, the SM2259 is capable of delivering about 10 percent better performance in random operations. In addition, a new chip has added error correction when processing data inside the controller, which increases the reliability of the platforms built on it.

The software part of the Intel SSD 545s is well debugged and optimized; the Direct-to-TLC function works as it should; and the novelty can compete with the best products on TLC-memory, for example with Samsung 850 EVO.

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Review: Intenso TOP SSD 128GB [Manufacturer’s no: 3812430]

Solid State Drive Intenso TOP SSD 128GB is suitable as a system disk for users building a very budget computer, however, because of the large number of defective pcs and failed disks during its work, the buyer should weigh the pros and cons before buying.

This SSD attracts buyers all around the world because of its incredibly low price of € 19.90, as well because of MLC memory used in it. The read and write speed for such a cost is can be considered as good: 520 MB / s and 300 MB / s.

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