One of the most interesting products released this year is the Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD, following the success of the Samsung 840 EVO SSD series. This is not the first mSATA SSD on the market and it’s not the first 1TB SSD as well. But this is the first mSATA SSD to reach 1TB capacity. It features Samsung’s 3-core MEX controller and Toggle DDR 2.0 NAND Flash memory.
Aside from delivering ultra-fast sequential read/write speeds of 540MB/s and 520MB/s respectively, it also features AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption and PSID which are hardware-based encryption engine to ensure that your personal data remain secure. Check out its complete specifications, price, and where you can buy one.
The Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD series is a perfect solution for your PC upgrade especially for mobile devices like Ultrabooks with limited storage capacity and has an mSATA slot. Just like its Samsung 840 EVO 2.5-inch SSD counterpart, the 840 EVO mSATA is also capable of ultra-fast performance thanks to its updated firmware and TurboWrite technology that delivers dramatically faster sequential write performance.
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The Samsung 840 EVO mSATA power consumption is ultra-low, thus helps in extending the laptops battery life. The 820 EVO mSATA also features “Device Sleep” or DEVSLP mode for ultra-thin laptop PC and high-end main board of desktops as well. It also features a “Dynamic Thermal Guard” algorithm that maintains optimal operating temperature.
It is supported by Samsung Magician Software for managing the SSD. This utility also helps in maximizing the performance and lifetime of the 840 EVO mSATA SSD. Aside from the AES 256-bit encryption and PSID, it is also compatible with TCG/Opal 2.0 and IEEE1667 that offers authentication, configuration, and policy management for government and large enterprises. Samsung 840 EVO mSATA is backed with the same 3-year limited warranty.
Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD Specifications
|Usage Application||Client PCs (Ultra-thin PCs compatible)|
|Capacity||120GB, 250GB, 500GB,1TB|
|Dimensions(LxWxH)||(29.85±0.15) x (50.80±0.15) x Max 3.85 (mm)|
|Interface||SATA 6Gb/s (compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s)|
|Controller||Samsung 3-core MEX Controller|
|NAND Flash Memory||1x nm Samsung Toggle DDR 2.0 NAND Flash Memory (400Mbps)|
|DRAM Cache Memory||256MB (120GB) or 512MB(250GB&500GB) or 1GB (1TB) LPDDR2|
|Performance||Sequential Read: Max. 540 MB/s|
Sequential Write: Max. 520 MB/s
4KB Random Read (QD1): Max. 10,000 IOPS
4KB Random Write(QD1): Max. 40,000 IOPS(250GB/500GB/1TB) and 37,000 IOPS(120GB)
4KB Random Read(QD32): Max. 97,000 IOPS (250GB/500GB/1TB) and 95,000 IOPS (120GB)
4KB Random Write(QD32): Max. 88,000 IOPS (500GB/1TB) and 71,000 IOPS (250GB) and 37,000 IOPS (120GB)
|TRIM Support||Yes (Requires OS Support)|
|Security||AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption (FDE)|
TCG/Opal V2.0, Encrypted Drive(IEEE1667)
|Weight||Max. 10g (1TB)|
|Reliability||MTBF: 1.5 million hours|
|Power Consumption||Average : 0.103W (Typical), Idle : 0.033W (Typical, DIPM ON)|
Device Sleep: 2mW
|Temperature||Operating: 0°C to 70°C|
Non-Operating: -40°C to 85°C
|Humidity||5% to 95%, non-condensing|
|Vibration||Non-Operating: 20~2000Hz, 20G|
|Shock||Non-Operating: 1500G , duration 0.5msec, 3 axis|
|Warranty||3 years limited|
Should You Buy One?
Probably you are asking right now if you should buy one or not. Well, for starters, the Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD is a great upgrade especially for those who have an mSATA slot in their Ultrabooks, notebooks, laptops, and other mobile devices. If you are suffering from the limited SSD capacity that your mobile device has right now, perhaps it is time to upgrade to a larger one. Just make sure your laptop has or is using an mSATA slot, otherwise, you will not be able to use this since it won’t fit on a standard SATA slot.
The Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSDs do come with a price. But if you consider its price/GB, it’s not that bad at all for an mSATA SSD. I would recommend this one if you are looking for a secure and highly reliable mSATA SSD solution and if you are looking for a 500GB or a 1TB solution.
Price and Where to Buy
Below are their current respective prices and the links to where you can buy one. Prices are subject to change. Prices indicated below are already lower compared to its original list price. It might have gone down by the time you visit this page.
Samsung 840 EVO 1TB mSATA SSD (MZ-MTE1T0BW) – $680
Samsung 840 EVO 500GB mSATA SSD (MZ-MTE500BW ) – $399
Samsung 840 EVO 250GB mSATA SSD (MZ-MTE250BW) – $215
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB mSATA SSD (MZ-MTE120BW ) – $136
UPDATE: The prices mentioned above are no longer the latest and updated prices. SSD prices usually go down and become more affordable. Check out the latest and best price of the Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSDs here.