Samsung SSD 830 review

Both fast and affordable, the Samsung SSD 830 is a top-notch solid-state drive

Mike Jennings
12 Dec 2012
5
Price when reviewed 
151

Samsung’s SSD 830 started life as a premium SSD that cost £255, but falling Flash memory prices means it’s now almost £100 cheaper. At £152 and 65p per gigabyte, this high-end drive has now become a tempting mid-range SSD.

It performed well in our benchmarks. Its 500.9MB/sec score in our large-file write test is one of the best we’ve seen – the current record is 507.4MB/s, and was scored by several other drives – and the Samsung’s 333.9MB/sec large-file read result is the fastest we’ve recorded from any SSD. A score of 169.2MB/sec in the small-file write benchmark is good, with the only black mark a score of 27.4MB/sec in the small-file read test – it’s in the middle of our performance table, with the Corsair Force GT scoring 31.5MB/sec.

The Samsung was among the fastest SSDs in AS SSD, too. Its 340.2MB/sec sequential write pace beat the Corsair's 199.8MB/sec and the 830’s sequential read result of 497.2MB/sec also sits towards the top of the charts.

Samsung SSD 830

The drive scored 271.2MB/sec in AS SSD’s 4K-64 read benchmark, and it didn’t lag behind in any other tests.

This impressive pace is delivered by a proprietary Samsung controller, and the MCX chip uses three cores based on the ARM9 architecture. It’s partnered by 236MB of cache, and the 256GB of Flash memory is arranged in eight chips. It’s all produced by Samsung, which makes the 830 Series one of the only proprietary SSDs on the market.

There’s a 2.5in to 3.5in bracket, so the SSD can be installed into a system straight away, and a SATA cable is also included.

The Samsung combines rapid performance across the board with good value, and that makes it a worthy choice to sit on top of the A List.

Price when reviewed 
151(£126 exc VAT)

Specifications

Capacity 256GB
Hard disk usable capacity 238GB
Hard disk type SSD
Cost per gigabyte 64.0p

Performance tests

Write speed small files 169.2MB/sec
Write speed large files 500.9MB/sec

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