Samsungs latest PM830 SSD series has been around for over a month now. Befor the actual launch we reviewed the 256 Gigabyte drive and now we're going to test the 128 Gigabyte model. Let's see if this one can keep up with the other 120 Gigabyte drives. Furhtermore we're also very curious if the package one gets is able to convince.
Specifications / Delivery
||Samsung SSD 830, 128 Gigabyte
520 MB/s reading, up to 320 MB/s writing
||< 0.1 ms
Behind the scenes
with the PM830, Samsung has a SATA-III SSD in its product portfolio. The core of
this Solid State Drive is a furhter development of the controller Samsung has
already used for the PM470. Meanwhile it is based on a triple core ARM CPU but
unfortunately that is almost as much information as Samsung discloses. Regarding
specific algorithms there is no further information.
The fact that Samsung still uses a page mapped architecture with the PM830 SSD
require quite a big cache. In this case Samsung uses a 256 Megabyte DDR2 Chip to
buffer a sufficient amount of data. A closer look at the flash memory reveals
that Samsung uses its own 2x-nm Toggle-DDR-NAND that offers 133 Mbps per
Interface. To get a reference: ONFi 2.x NAND offers a similar performance level.
The test sample that
reached our office arrived in the nicely made retail package. This contians a
2.5-to-3.5-inch adapter bracket as well as a full version of Notron Ghost 15.0
and Samsungs SSD Magician software. The software can be used to perform firmware
updates or to simply monitor the drives SMART data.
Samsung is especially proud of the PM830s nice design. The drive comes with a
hairline brushed aluminium plate and therefore leave a very good optical
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