The space for a SATA SSD is pretty boring now – all the excitement has shifted to the PCIe SSD category, and if you’re an enthusiast or gamer looking for the best speeds, that’s where you should look. The SATA protocol is a remnant of the days of hard drive rotation and has definitely helped make the transition to SSDs easier for everyone. Now SATA 3.0 has gone as far as it can in terms of performance and there will be no future versions. Although there was enough space in the beginning, SSDs managed to saturate it for a long time. This means that we are in a commodity territory – the new models are iterative improvements, focused more on production efficiency than providing new opportunities.
That said, SATA SSDs aren’t going away anytime soon. They are still relatively affordable and many desktops as well as laptops have been designed around them. The SATA SSD is a very quick and easy upgrade for an older computer – even a 120 GB drive, which is more than enough to store your operating system and basic data, will cost less than Rs. 1800 today. On the other hand, if you want a lot of storage space, you can get more capacity and not worry about running out of M.2 slots.
So what is it Samsung are you launching a new SATA SSD model? The new Samsung SSD 870 Evo is an obvious replacement for SSD 860 Here, a popular workhorse that performed great in our review almost exactly three years ago. Here’s everything you need to know.
Samsung SSD 870 Evo Features and Specifications
The big difference with this generation is the transition to 128-layer TLC flash, which, of course, Samsung produces itself. As a side note, the company uses the marketing term “3-bit MLC”, which can be a bit misleading (technically true – M means “multi”, but is usually understood to refer to two bits stored per cell). At least the variety of lower-end QLC flashes is still limited to Samsung’s QVO SSD range. 128 layers is a pretty big jump in density from the 64-layer chips on the SSD 860 Evo. There is also a new internal Samsung controller called the MKX.
Capacity options range from 250GB to 4TB. It’s important to note that while Samsung boasts an impressive 530Mbps serial recording speed, this only applies to 1TB and higher capacity; reduces to 300MBps if you use the 250GB or 500GB options. Sequential reading is estimated at 560MBps, which is as good as in the world of SATA.
Durability ratings scale evenly, from 150TBW for the 250GB version to 2400TBW for the 4TB version. The lower two capacities have 512MB of DRAM cache, while the 1TB, 2TB and 4TB versions receive 1GB, 2GB and 4GB respectively. Nominal power consumption also scales between 3.5W and 5W in use and between 30mW and 35mW at idle.
It has 256-bit hardware AES encryption with support for the TCG / Opal standard and the eDrive function of Windows 10. The warranty is 5 years or TBW threshold of your capacity, whichever comes first.
There is not much to say about the physical quality – the design hardly matters, but you get just a metal fence and the whole thing weighs about 48 grams. The package in which it is delivered has only a paper brochure – the days of SATA SSDs, which come in complex packages with cables and adapters, are over.
It is worth noting that Samsung released the SSD 870 Evo only in a 2.5-inch form factor. There is no longer an option for mSATA, but more surprisingly, there is no option for M.2. It is unlikely that such an option will be introduced later, and Samsung seems to believe that it no longer needs a regular M.2 SATA SSD, as NVMe prices are falling as much as they are. Conversely, it doesn’t look like there will be a successor to the SSD 860 Pro SATA from enthusiasts.
Samsung SSD 870 Evo software and performance
One of the best SSD features of Samsung is the free software that you can download – if you know it exists. First, there is a data migration tool that will allow you to clone an older hard drive or SSD to a Samsung SSD and it looks pretty straightforward. What’s more interesting is the brand new Samsung Magician SSD utility, which has many features. You can check detailed statistics, including driving health, temperature and TBW; run quick diagnostics and benchmark; set overprovision manually; set up encryption; and securely delete the entire device. The only drawback is that Samsung felt the need to display ads for its other products in the user interface.
I tested a 1TB version of the Samsung SSD 870 Evo using AMD Ryzen 2700 processor, ASRock X470 Taichi Ultimate motherboard, 2x8GB G.Skill F4-3400C16D-16GSXW DDR4 RAM, reliable 1TB Samsung 860 Evo SSD and Corsair RM650 power supply .. All the latest drivers and patches for the OS were installed during testing. Windows reported a total formatted capacity of 931.5 GB.
CrystalDiskMark 6 showed sequential read and write speeds of 563.9MBps and 535.4MBps, slightly exceeding Samsung’s own nominal speeds. Random readings and records, which are a much more realistic indication of actual use, reached 403.7MBps and 377.1Mbps, respectively. The built-in benchmark of Samsung Magician also reports 563MBps and 535MBps, respectively. Interestingly, the 1TB SSD 860 Evo posted almost the same data rates in both tests during its own review. Finally, the Anvil benchmark reported reading and writing scores of 2,536.86 and 2,657.92 points for a total score of 5,194.78.
In terms of performance, there is nothing that the Samsung SSD 870 Evo does better than its predecessor, the Samsung SSD 860, at least as far as what the average user will experience in everyday use. This release is entirely about Samsung’s move to newer technologies and production optimization. As a buyer you will be good to choose which one you find for less. The SSD 860 Evo is now disappearing from retail lists, but fortunately the newer SSD 870 Evo is not that much more expensive.
Samsung’s official prices are Rs. 3,599 for 250GB; Rs. 5999 for 500GB; Rs. 10,999 per 1TB; Rs. 21,999 for 2TB and Rs. 43,999 for 4TB. It is good to see that the highest class capacities are not disproportionately more expensive. In addition, for the first time, these numbers are actually quite close to current street prices – usually the two have nothing to do. You will pay a few hundred rupees less online or at your local hardware store and remember that SSD prices are constantly fluctuating.
You can get significantly cheaper 1TB SATA SSDs, but they tend to throw away DRAM cache and performance isn’t always in the same league. Nowadays, even 1TB M.2 NVMe devices sell for less and this option would offer a far better hit. Samsung’s own SSD 970 Evo Plus is only slightly more expensive, but is valued at seven times faster speeds. We hope that the prices of SSD 870 Evo will decrease over time.
The SSD 870 Evo has a rather limited market these days, but the larger capacity options will serve those who want a large secondary SSD for gaming and data, as well as those who have already exhausted the M.2 slots on their motherboards or who want to give new life to an older computer. It’s a great device with first-class features, but NVMe is the better option for those who can take advantage of it.
Samsung SSD 870 Evo
Rs. 3,599 (250 GB)
Rs. 5,999 (500 GB)
Rs. 10,999 (1TB)
Rs. 21,999 (2TB)
Rs. 43 999 (4TB)
- Very good performance
- Feature rich software
- Good endurance
- High power at proportional prices
Ratings (from 5)
- Execution: 4
- Value for money: 4
- Total: 4