Samsung's new consumer SSDs shoot to the top of the benchmark league
Over the past one year, Samsung has been working towards evolving the way it deals with the construction of its flash memory. It went from a horizontal to a vertical arrangement of cells, or what it calls 3D V-NAND. The 850 Pro range is the first kind of V-NAND consumer SSDs and from all the reviews we have got so far, it clearly shows that this new way of doing things has agreed a lot with Samsung and the new cell placement has certainly shown a boost in performance. HotHardware says that the 850 Pro range was able to top the scores list when compared with other real-world scores from rival drives. And according to Tom’s Hardware, Samsung is now pushing the limits of the SATA interface, such that other products are "within a stone's throw" of the 850 Pro's scores. This is at least till the PCI Express version comes around.
All reviews on the Samsung flash drive focus on the fact that the new line-up comes at a significant premium, even when you factor in Samsung's nice 10-year warranty. It will cost you $130 for the 128 GB drive while the 1 TB model comes for a whopping $730.
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