Wednesday, 28 November 2018 21:04

Samsung launching new '860 QVO' SSDs in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities from US$149

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Promising its new 860 QVO SSDs will "combine high capacity with fast performance and trusted reliability to reach a broader consumer market" at an accessible price, let us fervently pray the death of consumer hard disk drives is finally nigh.

Consumer hard disk drives are criminally used in low-end computers by PC OEMs desperate to reach price points, but with zero care for the experience of end users.

Hard disk drives in 2018 are still perfect for storing large files, for NAS drives, for backups and for certain enterprise and data centre uses, but as the main C: drive of PCs, they are horrifically slow, and a true disservice to consumers.

Part of the reason why HDDs haven't died from use in the world of consumers is because they're very cheap, and because SSDs or solid state drives have historically been very expensive.

Fast forward to the end of 2018, and SSD prices have fallen dramatically, so much so that stores like MSY are selling Samsung's 860 EVO 250, 500, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB 2.5-inch SSDs for A$78, $119, $225, $509 and $1099 respectively, as of 28 November – see MSY's price list in PDF format here (it's updated regularly, so the price may be lower by the time you read this).

Now comes Samsung's new 860 QVO SSD range, which features "up to four terabytes (TB) of storage capacity with exceptional speed and reliability", and which is "built on the company’s high-density 4-bit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash architecture", making terabyte capacities "more accessible to the masses at approachable price points".

Dr. Mike Mang, vice-president of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics, said: "Today’s consumers are using, producing and storing more high-resolution files than ever, including 4K videos and graphics-intensive games, escalating demand for greater capacities and performance in storage devices.

“Samsung continues to lead the move toward multi-terabyte SSDs with the introduction of the Samsung 860 QVO, delivering fast performance, reliability and value to more consumers around the world.”

As Samsung reminds us, "mainstream PC users handling large multi-media content often need to upgrade their PC’s storage to improve everyday computing experience.

"Based on the commonly used SATA interface and 2.5-inch form factor, the 860 QVO fits perfectly in most standard laptops or desktops. Also, by offering both high capacity and performance in a single, affordable drive, the 860 QVO eliminates the need to use a combination of an SSD and an HDD for booting and storage.

"Featuring sequential read and write speeds of up to 550 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 520 MB/s, respectively, the 860 QVO achieves the same level of performance as today’s 3-bit MLC SSD, thanks to Samsung’s latest 4-bit V-NAND and the proven MJX controller.

"The drive is also integrated with Intelligent TurboWrite technology, which helps to accelerate speeds while maintaining high performance for longer periods of time."

"For optimal reliability", Samsung states that it "provides a total byte written based on a thorough analysis of consumers’ SSD usage patterns: a three-year limited warranty or up to 1,440 terabytes written (TBW) for the 4TB version, and 720 TBW and 360 TBW for the 2TB and 1TB versions, respectively.

"The 860 QVO will be available globally from December 2018, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at US$149.99 for the 1TB model.

Once we get Australian prices, we'll update this article, but the news was only announced globally in the last couple of hours. 

More information is at Samsung's two SSD sites, here and here.  

Key Specifications

Category
Samsung 860 QVO

Interface
SATA 6 Gbps

Form Factor
2.5-inch

Storage Memory
Samsung V-NAND 4-bit MLC

Controller
Samsung MJX controller

DRAM
4GB LPDDR4 for 4TB
2GB LPDDR4 for 2TB
1GB LPDDR4 for 1TB

Capacity
4TB, 2TB, 1TB

Sequential Read/Write Speed
Up to 550/520 MB/s

Random Read/Write Speed
Up to 97K/89K IOPS

Management Software
Magician Software for SSD management

Total Bytes Written
1,440TB (4TB)
720TB (2TB)
360TB (1TB)

Warranty
Three -year limited warranty


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