Samsung 830 SATA3 SSD 256GB Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Samsung 830 SATA3 SSD 256GB Review


We've taken a look at a lot of SSDs in the past year or so here at OC3D, and whilst the controller used can vary wildly between models, we nearly always see the NAND Flash being provided by Samsung.

Of course Samsung are a huge name in the electronics industry, supplying everything from cameras to giant plasma screens. It's their RAM department that we most often come across. Not only do they provide the RAM chips that are in the vast majority of DIMMs, but most of the SSD RAM too. So rather than constantly provide to third parties, Samsung have branched out into producing their own range of Solid State Drives.

Today's review is of their high-end model, the 830. This is available in a variety of sizes from 64GB up to a whopping 512GB and takes advantage of the 6Gbp/s available from SATA3 to hopefully provide huge read and write speeds. The model on test is the 256GB, which nicely balances between price and capacity.

Technical Specifications

As well as 256GB of storage, the 830 comes with Samsung 256MB of DDR2 cache, Samsung's S4LJ204X01-Y040 controller and eight of their popular HCK0 NAND Flash chips. There is no denying that they've grasped the opportunity to keep everything in house with both hands.

  • Samsung SSD 830 Series
  • Capacity: 256GB
  • Form Factor: 2.5 inch
  • SATA 6Gb/s (Compatible with SATA 3Gb/s and SATA 1.5Gb/s)
  • Samsung Magician software for SSD management
  • Samsung Toggle DDR NAND Flash memory
  • Samsung 3-core MCX Controller
  • Samsung 256MB DDR2 SDRAM cache memory
  • Dimension : 100 x 69.85 x 7mm
  • Weight: 62.5g
  • Sequential Read: Up to 520MB/s
  • Sequential Write: Up to 400MB/s
  • Random Read: Up to 80000 IOPS
  • Random Write: Up to 36000 IOPS
  • Let's take a look at it.
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Most Recent Comments

05-12-2011, 06:14:54


Samsung provide the NAND chips for nearly all the SSDs on the market. Cutting out the middle-man we look at a Samsung branded model.

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05-12-2011, 06:20:58

i wonder if samsung can come up with a spinpoint equivalent ssd that i mean achieve the same success with a low price and a good drive???Quote

05-12-2011, 10:59:10

I personally don't see samsung shifting alot of SSD's until the £ per gig ratio comes down alot, Personally I would spend up to £100 on a good boot drive, but I think £300 is asking a bit much. Especially when you consider a 80gig SSD and a terabyte can be had for the same money(even at today's stupid prices), and makes more sense for most people.Quote

05-12-2011, 12:02:52

id go for a 64 gb boot drive, and a 2tb storage drive

i dont see much point in any bigger than that in SSD until OS's get bigger ...Quote

05-12-2011, 14:01:43

It's a terrific looking drive. I hope to see more from themQuote

05-12-2011, 14:10:22

No ancient storage media will ever see my system again

I just love the speed and the silence too much Quote

05-12-2011, 18:20:40

Samsung drives have come a long way it used to be a Seagate that was recommended for machines now it's Samsung I just hope with the changes in the company that the quality and reliability don't drop off.Quote

05-12-2011, 18:29:58

Performance numbers aren't always needed for consideration when SSDs are so fast anyway. At least not to those of us who are carefree about the absolute best records in test results. For day to day performance, as long as it's stable and efficient is all that matters and not to mention that it looks fantastic too. It's definitely one to consider when looking at the many choices of SSDs out available now when upgrading from a regular hard drive. I'd definitely consider it as a future upgrade if it is available in the future. Quote

18-03-2012, 18:09:09

Does the Samsung have any kind of TRIM or BGC support when it is put in raid0?Quote

18-03-2012, 18:38:53

I thought Samsung got bought out by seagate ?

Or was that just for mechanical drives ?Quote

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