Samsung SSD 850 EVO 3D V-NAND Solid State Drive

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I have only ever purchased Samsung SSDs. I have yet to have a reason to not buy them. Hopefully, things stay that way!

Model MZ-75E1T0B/AM

This is the 1TB model for North America. I purchased two of these.

Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB Solid State Drive Box

The first one I bought was from amazon.com. This was for my 4 year old Fujitsu ultrabook with an Ivy Bridge Intel processor. I paid $355.98 in August 2015 for the 1TB SSD. The 2nd one I bought was from newegg.com. This was on November 24, 2016. The black friday deal on Newegg along with an American Express statement credit essentially meant the drive cost $224.99! What a difference a year can make! The 2nd SSD is intended to be installed on Desktop computer with Sandy Bridge processor and SATA III (6.0 Gbps) compatible motherboard. I used Seagate DiscWizard to do the drive cloning. The DiscWizard software allows cloning if at least one of the drives is manufactured by Samsung. I also used a Seagate USB3.0 external Hard Drive connection dongle which meant I didn't have to buy anything more. The process was very smooth.

The drive is manufactured in China.

The drive was delivered a day earlier than expected. The 2nd drive that I purchased in November 2016 has a manufacturing date of October 2016. The first one I bought didn't have that information on the box.

Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB Box 2015 model vs 2016 model Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB SATA connectors Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB sticker Samsung SSD 850 EVO 1TB on Seagate external hard drive base

Gigabyte GA-P67X-UD3-B3 and Samsung SSD 850 EVO

The SSD was intended for a computer that I built in the summer of 2011. It uses Gigabyte GA-P67X-UD3-B3 motherboard with an Intel Core i7-2700K. Turns out the P67 SATA controller does not support AHCI mode with SSDs. It supports AHCI mode with only HDDs and Optical drives. When I changed to AHCI mode, the system did not boot. Luckily, the complementary SATA Marvell 88SE9172 chip supports AHCI mode with SSDs. So I just swapped the SSD to use the GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7 ports which are also SATA 3.0. That way I get SATA 3.0 as well as AHCI mode enabled. With Samsung Magician software, AHCI mode is showing as enabled and SATA interface is showing as 3.0 (6.0 Gbps). Performance numbers look good. The system is currently running Windows 10, which has SSD optimization features built-in. Samsung Magician version is 5.0. RAPID mode is enabled as well. The screenshot below of Windows 10 Task Manager shows the additional Memory consumption by Samsung RAPID mode showing up as high Non-paged pool. I have 8GB total memory on this laptoo, so I am not constrained.

Windows Task Manager Non-paged pool with Samsung RAPID mode enabled

I ended up using the Samsung Data Migration software instead of the Seagate DiscWizard utility

Model MZ-75E250B/AM

This is the 250GB model for North America. I purchased one of these.

The only one I bought was from newegg.com. This was in December 2014 and it cost $123.98 at the time. As of November 2016, the price for this one is $99.99. This drive is installed in a desktop computer.

The drive is manufactured in China.


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