Samsung SSD 840 Pro (256GB) - Here Comes Big Daddy

Launch SRP: S$399

Test Setup

Test Setup

The drives were tested on our storage testbed, which has the following system specifications:

  • Intel Core i5-2400 (3.1GHz)
  • MSI Z68A-GD80 (Intel Z68 chipset)
  • 2 x 4GB DDR3-1600 memory
  • MSI GeForce 8600 GTS
  • Windows 7

The list of SSDs tested are as follows:

  • Samsung SSD 840 Pro (240GB)
  • Corsair Neutron GTX (256GB)
  • Intel SSD 520 Series (240GB)
  • OCZ Vector (256GB)
  • SanDisk Extreme (240GB)
  • Transcend SSD720 (240GB)

Since the Samsung SSD 840 Pro has been regarded as one of the fastest drives currently available, we will be comparing it against the fastest drives in our recent Great High-end SSD Shootout. This means it will be going to battle against the likes of Corsair, Intel, OCZ, SanDisk and Transcend. So far, the fastest drive to have been tested in our labs is the mighty Corsair Neutron GTX. Will the Samsung be able to outperform it?

The list of benchmarks used are as follows:

  • AS-SSD benchmark 1.6.4
  • HD Tune Pro
  • CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1
  • PCMark 7
  • PCMark Vantage
  • Iometer (version 2006.07.27)
The Good
Blistering performance on AS SSD, CrystalDiskMark and Iometer
Intuitive and useful Samsung Magician control panel
Completely in-house developed (memory, controller and firmware)
The Bad
Inconsistent performance
No accessories such as installation bracket
Commands considerable premium over other high-end SSDs

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