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Remember Samsung's 470 SSD series? That marked Samsung's first foray into the retail SSD market, and we rated the 256GB version a solid 8 for its competitive performance. Representing another first for Samsung, meet the PM830, the only SATA 6Gbps SSD in Samsung's stable and offered in up to 512GB of capacity.
Samsung has been sampling its SATA 6Gbps PM830 SSDs since May and is now ready for volume production. These drives pack 20nm-class 32Gb mulit-level cell (MLC) NAND memory chips incorporating the toggle DDR interface and Samsung's home brewed SSD controller. Along with a SATA 6Gbps interface, these drives brandish 500MB/s sequential read and 350MB/s sequential write speeds, and AES 256-bit encryption.
"Samsung’s new line up of advanced SSDs will raise the performance bar to the next level for ultra-slim notebooks and tablets and accelerate growth of the market for high-performance SSDs," said Wanhoon Hong, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics. "The industry is expected to quickly embrace SATA 6Gb/s-based SSDs, which also will help increase market interest in 256GB and higher densities significantly."
It's unlikely you'll find these drives in the retail sector, and instead Samsung is targeting premium OEM notebooks and tablets. Look for them to appear in such items by the end of the year in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB capacities.
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