Over in Seoul Samsung have announced their latest SSD, the 850 Pro. It may just be a standard SATA drive, but it contains an innovative approach to scaling that stacks memory vertically to fit more GBs into the same space.
This is an absolutely tiny solid state drive. Not in capacity terms - nope, it packs 500GB into that frame - but in build size. It’s tough to really get across just how wee the new Samsung 840 EVO mSATA drive is. Even when I tell you it measures some 5 x 3cm that hardly seems to do it justice. The fact is you’d probably miss the drive even once it’s embedded in a mini-ITX motherboard.
The most impressive thing about this little mSATA 840 EVO though is the fact that it has exactly the same performance as it’s chunkier 2.5-inch brethren. In case you’d forgotten, they’re pretty epic when it comes to SSD performance themselves. The 840 EVO mSATA is pure Samsung from top to bottom. It’s got a smattering of 19nm 3-bit MLC NAND Flash attached to that wee slice of PCB, and Samsung’s own MEX memory controller helps shunt data around at excellent speed.
Remember the excellent 1TB Samsung EVO drive I checked out back in the Summer? No matter, Sammy have trumped their own SSD by now releasing one that’s about one third the size of a standard solid state drive. Ladies and gentlefolk, here’s the Samsung 840 EVO mSATA sliver of SSD loveliness.
At 5cm x 3cm the new range of mSATA SSDs is certainly space-conscious and is primarily designed so that those laptop folk have access to the same sort of speedy SSD capacity that we’ve become so used to on the desktop side.
When it comes to SSDs it’s all about sacrificing usable capacity for the speed of solid state storage, right? Well, with the Samsung 840 EVO 1TB they are looking to give you both size and speed without you needing to auction off your first-born for the privilege.
Yup, we’re finally at a time in the evolution of the SSD where decent capacity drives are available to mere mortals. Previously, if you’d wanted a terabyte of solid state storage you’d have to go for a frighteningly expensive PCIe-based drive, like the KingSpec Multicore 1TB. That’s retailing for as much as £2,300 / $3500.
Thanks to first Crucial, with their 960GB M500, and now the Samsung 840 EVO 1TB, standard 2.5-inch ‘terabyte-class’ SSDs are finally within reach. We’re talking around £500 / $650 for these drives, or close to 50p/65¢ per GB.
Remember me going on about how Crucial had made the SSD market a bit tasty recently? Well, Samsung are not the kind of folk to be outdone and today announced the Samsung 840 Evo series. What’s so special? Well, again we’re talking about capacities and Samsung have hit the 1TB mark with the top drive in the new Evo range.
But Sammy drives are generally pricier than the competition, so it’s still a win for Crucial, right? That’s the interesting part, with the extra capacity in the 1TB 840 Evo against the 960GB M500 they both come in around the same price/GB. Yup, the 1TB 840 Evo is coming in somewhere around 50p/GB too.
But it’s also going to be a hell of a lot faster in general usage too. In my preliminary tests I was seeing a doubling of random 4K reads and writes compared to the Samsung 840 Pro. And that’s without using any of the Evo’s funky new software gubbins.
Following an hour-long talk at the TV Connect conference in the United Kingdom, EA CCO Richard Hilleman gave his audience a lot to think about, as noted by GamesIndustry. Opining that and opined that "gaming isn't mass market yet," Hilleman outlined the concerns that need to be addressed before connected TVs can, in his mind, be seen as a top-tier gaming platform.
Hybrid Memory Cube. It’s a revolution! It’s a whole new take on... system memory. Damn, that’s most of the readers tuning out. But you there! Yes, you, the one reader who's stayed behind because Hybrid Memory Cube sounds kinda like something the Borg might use to replay Locutus’ greatest hits - let me tell you all about it.
First, let me hit you with the really important stat. A single Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) module should deliver fifteen times the performance of a single DDR3 module. And it will do it using less energy and much, much less space.
Not a name you'd normally associate with gaming notebooks, Samsung's latest 700G7A has just turned up in the office ready for review in issue 235. With its 17.3inch, 1080p screen and £1500 price tag, it's up against some fairly serious opposition from the likes of Alienware and ASUS, but I think it'll do rather well.