Samsung 840 Pro SSD Review

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Samsung 840 Pro SSD Review

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As is always the case with SSDs, there isn't much to show. It's a box with a drive in it. However, Samsung have taken the classy route with very minimalist packaging, and a classy looking drive inside.

Samsung 840 Pro SSD Review     Samsung 840 Pro SSD Review  

It's no surprise that we like the black and orange combination. But we do have to say that the orange square makes us think of a telecommunications company. Otherwise the drive is a solid all-black affair and very attractive.

Samsung 840 Pro SSD Review     Samsung 840 Pro SSD Review  


The SSD Magician software covers all of the tasks that you are likely to wish to perform with your new SSD. It also includes the most stress-free Firmware updating procedure that we've encountered on a Solid State Drive, requiring nothing more than a little patience and a reboot. Although we'd prefer it if the software itself would download the Firmware rather than sending you to their site and making you download and unzip it. It's not a problem for us but we know that not everyone is as happy to tinker under the hood as most of you reading this, so Samsung have missed a trick.

Samsung 840 Pro SSD Review     Samsung 840 Pro SSD Review  

Over provisioning dedicates some space to the controller to enable it to perform the wear-levelling tasks that ensure your drive remains in tip top condition.

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Most Recent Comments

21-12-2012, 12:39:50

I bought the 250GB basic a couple of weeks ago and was running comparisons with the Kingston HyperX and corsair GT and you've pipped me to the post again
I also found the same results with anvil and wandered what was going on
Brill review as always BryanQuote

22-12-2012, 09:04:23

Great review! Are you planning to do one on the non-pro version of the 840?

I was thinking about buying the 830, but the sellers are apparently running out of stock. While 840 Pro seems to be a great drive, is it really worth the extra £60 compared to the non-pro 840 or the £30 over the 830? I'm taking about the 256/250GB versions.Quote

22-12-2012, 17:48:11

Nice review
Still waiting for my first SSD
hopefully in 2013 now.Quote

23-12-2012, 10:28:16

That is synchronous or asynchronous NAND? Quote

23-12-2012, 11:06:14

Lasts forever in a day (supposedly) and blisteringly fast? Think I found my SSD of choice when I eventually get one.

Good review as alwaysQuote

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