Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" SATA III Solid State Drive (SSD) - MZ-7PC256B/WW
|Outstanding Performance in Multi-Tasking|
Samsung’s fast random read speeds (up to 80,000 IOPS) maximize performance* when it matters most. A Samsung SSD is the ideal solution for your everyday computing needs, such as web browsing, document creation, viewing or editing multimedia files, playing PC games, etc.
Lightning Fast Speed. At Your Command
The 830 Series’ 520MB/s sequential read speed provides lightning fast access to your files, loading large multimedia files quickly and smoothly.
Sustained Performance and Unrivaled Reliability
Samsung SSDs are designed and build completely in-house. The Samsung SSD 830 Series is optimized for exceptional, sustained performance and unrivaled reliability through its specially- engineered wear-leveling and garbage collection algorithms.
A Complete, User-Friendly Solution
The Samsung SSD 830 series is available with a user-friendly installation kit, including a full version of Norton Ghost, an interactive installation guide, and premium installation tools for both desktops and laptops.
Toggle DDR NAND Flash
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3-core ARM9-based MCX Controller
While most SSD makers rely on generic, dual-core controllers, Samsung has developed its own proprietary, triple-core MCX controllers that excel in multi-tasking and help to assure stead performance over time. Based on an ARM9 controller, its three CPU cores can execute multiple instructions such reading data, writing data and optimization.
Customer Reviews of Samsung 830 Series 256GB 2.5" SATA III Solid State Drive (SSD)
Not As Advertised10/27/2012
Great drive; great value; arrived quickly. HOWEVER, the package did not include the Magician software advertised in the product description on Buy.com. This software is necessary to clone a C drive onto the SSD. The Samsung website also did not have the Magician software available for download, as described in the setup guide. Finally, the Norton Ghost software cited as the optimum file copy tool in the setup guide had to be downloaded and converted to a bootable CD-ROM. Once Ghost is installed and initialized, the setup guide directs you to enter a validation number available on the cover of the CD shipped with the SSD. There was no such number on the CD cover, or anywhere else in the package that I could find. That means that you can only use Ghost in the 30-day trial mode - certainly not worth the effort of creating the bootable recovery CD, completing installation, copying files and creating backup scripts. Have emailed Samsung to inquire about all this, but have not yet received a response. For first-time HDD to SSD cloners, this can be a showstopper! Caveat emptor, I guess.
Using this in my 2011 MBP 15" Made a night and day difference!
The Solid State Drive is Super Fast! I had a little trouble imaging my own drive to this one, but when I did, WOW! From power on to log in screen in 13 sec! Most every program opens within 1-2 seconds. I wish these drives were more cost friendly, but you really get what you pay for - speed. Value is getting better and so is the reliability.
Great Product shipping & processing Lacking5/24/2012
The SSD was easily installed If you follow the instructions and works super. The speed improvement is easily noted when the computer boots up and when opening programs. Internet is still the internet but my browser opens in a flash.
Very NICE SSD5/19/2012
I have got to say. This little ssd is a beast. There are others that may be faster, but for the money and value in my opinion it does not get any better. It is especially easy to install the firmware and Trim support for Windows 7. This keep your ssd running in tip top shape, and for those of who like speed consider this an option. I have had other ssd's such as OCZ, Kingston, and Corsair where you normally have to go into the bios to perform firmware upgrades. This process is tedious and quite annoying. In other cases, tuning your computer for trim is also a hassle. Samsung has streamlined this process and made it simple.
Tom's Hardware is Right5/18/2012
This item is a "Tier 1" SSD on tom's hardware, and it lives up to the billing. I've owned several SSDs, both SandForce and non-Sandforce, and this one is faster than any of the other drives I've owned. I debated between this and the Crucial M4, and while the Crucial was a few dollars cheaper I wanted to try the Samsung since they make their own controller. I'm sure I would have been happy with the Crucial, too, though. This is a five-star drive that is an absolute steal at current prices.