The Samsung 850 Evo is regarded as one of the best SSDs money can buy, but we wanted lớn put it through its paces khổng lồ see how it would compare khổng lồ competitors. Read on to find out.

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One of the best budget SSDs money can buy: the Samsung 850 Evo – a fantastic upgrade lớn speed up your system

ByChristopher Minasians, Contributor


When connected to our Windows 10 test rig, we found the 850 Evo to provide us with 465GB of usable storage, resulting in a £0.23 cost per GB – a good price compared to lớn current rivals.Read next: How khổng lồ build a PC.

Prices change on a daily basis, but these were correct at the time of review:

Samsung offers a five-year warranty with its850 Evo 500GB.

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Samsung 850 Evo 500GB review: Technology

The Samsung Evo 850 uses a SATA III 6GB/s interface.The SSD has a few interesting features, such as RAPID mode which significantly increases read/write speeds by leveraging system resources within theCPUand DRAM installed on your computer. The mode has to lớn be enabled through theSamsung’s Magician software which is không tính tiền to download.

The SSD also features Dynamic Thermal Guard protecting your SSD from overheating in extreme situations và also has AES 256-bit and TCG Opal 2.0 hardware encryption to securely protect your data from hackers - this however needs lớn be enabled throughSamsung’s Magician software & be used on a UEFI-enabled BIOS.More information about the technology used within the SSD & its features can be found on Samsung’s website.

Possibly one of the most interesting features of the 850 Evo is its use ofSamsung"s very own V-NAND technology. Samsung usetriple màn chơi cell (TLC) technology, which is known as a cheap way of storing data (bits) on the drive"s cells, due lớn it being able to lớn store three bits of data per cell. Versus single cấp độ cell (SLC) for one bit per cell and multi-level cell (MLC) for two bits per cell, TLC is known khổng lồ be the most unreliable and cheapest khổng lồ manufacture, where it often has slower and inconsistent read/write speeds.

However, due to lớn the use of V-NAND, creating a separate, vertical layer lớn the SSD, Samsung is able to provide faster, more reliable speeds whilst not compromising on reliability, whichcould lead to drive failures.

Those wanting khổng lồ use the SSD with a máy tính xách tay should be aware that the quoted nguồn consumption for the SSD is4.7W whilst active and 0.5W in idle standby.

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Samsung 850 Evo 500GB review: Benchmark performance

We tested the Evo 850 usingvarious benchmarks, notably CrystalDiskMark và AS SSD benchmark, both of which provide accurate, reliable synthetic benchmark data.

Two of the most important results are the 4Kb read/write speeds– this simulates real-world applications bymoving small amounts of data whichis moved around in random, non-sequential ways. As you’ll be able to lớn see below, we found the Evo 850 to be extremely impressive. This means thatin real-world applications, you’ll notice a big improvement in application performance compared to, say, an old mechanical hard drive.

We tested a 500GB Seagate 7200rpm hard drive which can be found for £38.95, và it was, unsurprisingly, completely outclassed in every single aspect by the Evo 850. When we looked at the 4K-64 read/write benchmarks, we noted the huge differences between the hard drive và the SSD, where the Seagate managed only 1.8/1.3 MB/s respectively, whilst the Evo 850 had an incredible 381.2/321.9 MB/s speed. These small tasks (such as moving small files around in your computer) make it hard for a HDD to lớn perform at a high speed, showcasing why you need to buy yourself an SSD if you haven’t got one already.

Interestingly enough, we did find the Evo 850 was outperformed by the other SSDs in a few tests, includingthe 0 Fill Random Read 4Kb tests, with the Evo 850 scoring only 35.5 MB/s versus the Kingston SSDNow KC400512GB with87.5 MB/s. However, this was the only time we found the Samsung Evo 850 to lớn be truly outclassed, meaning the drive performs extremely well across the board.

Moving on lớn our copy & compression tests through AS SSD’s benchmarking tools, we found the Evo 850 performed extremely well in its compression abilities. As you’ll be able khổng lồ see from the graph below, we didn’t notice any glitches, inconsistencies, or random spikes through our tests. In comparison, we found Samsung"s competitors to lớn have certain spikes or have a greater variance between their read và write speeds.

The copy benchmark showcases the ability of the drive lớn copy a certain file kích cỡ whilst performing a certain operation, for example whilst copying a game. The Evo 850 didn’t really shine, lượt thích it did in our previous benchmarks, but did provide consistent results.

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Samsung 850 Evo 500GB review: Should I buy the Samsung 850 Evo?

We would definitely recommend the 850 Evo 500GB khổng lồ anyone looking khổng lồ either tăng cấp from a traditionalhard drive or thinking about upgradingfrom their older generation SSD. The results speak for themselves, & through its impressive và consistently class-leading benchmark scores we would consider the Evo 850 is still one of the best SSDs money can buy.