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Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB review: the fastest SSD currently around

This new, professional SSD from Samsung breaks all records.



If you thought that we had gotten the most out of SATA 600 SSDs, think again. This year a number of new records were set in terms of SSD performance, but Samsung thinks it can go even further with the new SSD 840 Pro that's being introduced today. This new SSD series is supposed to be faster than all other SATA 600 models currently on the market, and should also be suitable for professional use. Hardware.Info tested the new Samsung SSD 840 Pro to find out how fast it is exactly.

The last few months we've seen a number of impressive SSDs with great performance, including the the OCZ Vertex 4, the Plextor M5 Pro, and the Corsair Neutron GTX which scored even better in certain areas. Can these fast SSDs really be improved upon? Samsung seems convinced it can.

With the 840 Pro, Samsung takes aim at consumers that want the best performance regardless of cost, and also professional applications such as workstations and even servers. The professional aspect is apparent from a number of features. The SSDs are supposed to be very reliable, with an MTBF of 1.5 million hours, or 171 years. The warranty is five years, which has become standard among high-end SSDs. The 840 Pros support 256-bit AES encryption. If you want to configure the disks in a professional RAID array, there is support for WorldWide Name which gives storage devices a unique ID.

In the near future, Samsung is set to release another series of consumer SSDs based on the same new controller the 840 Pro has. Called the 840 series, it will replace the 830 series.

Samsung 840 Series Pro 256GB

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