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Samsung's new 870 Evo SSDs keeps SATA SSDs alive

By Kenny Yeo - on 20 Jan 2021, 10:51am

Samsung's new 870 Evo SSD keeps SATA SSDs alive

The new Samsung 870 Evo. (Image source: Samsung)

The proliferation of M.2 means that new SATA SSDs are a rarity these days. Fortunately, if you are looking for one, Samsung has something for you.

This is the new Samsung 870 Evo, which is a SATA SSD that features TLC NAND. It's the successor to the 860 Evo from way back in 2018.

The Samsung 870 Evo uses a mix of components from Samsung's catalogue. It uses the MKX controller that debuted with the 870 QVO and that's paired with Samsung's 512Gbit 128-layer 3D TLC NAND that's used in the 980 Pro.

But because the 870 Evo relies on the old SATA interface, performance is capped.

Maximum sequential read and write is 560MB/s and 530MB/s respectively. Whereas random read and random write is 98k IOPs and 88k IOPs respectively. Not a huge jump from the 860 Evo.

Fortunately, prices have come down a lot since then, which makes the 870 Evo a great way for users to add lots of fast flash storage. Back then, a 4TB drive was nearly S$2,000, now you can get it for just a bit over S$800.

The 870 Evo will be available in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities

The 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB drives will be available starting tomorrow, while the 2TB and 4TB variants will come later in March. 

Pricing is as follows:

You will be able to buy the drives from the Samsung Online Store, the Samsung Official Store on Lazada, and major retailers like Best Denki, Challenger and Hachi.tech, Courts, Gain City, and Harvey Norman.

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