The first fix, issued in October, turned out to be a dud
The Samsung 840 Evo launched to some rave reviews in 2013. We gave it a “kick ass” 9 out of 10 and hailed it as “the fastest SSD we have ever tested by a sizable margin.” Unfortunately, some of that luster has since worn off, with a large number of 840 Evo owners reporting a serious decline in read performance of drives with several months’ of data on them. As for the firmware update and Performance Restoration Software that the company released in October to address the issue, they were apparently of very little help as the problem has resurfaced like a recrudescent cancer.
The Samsung 840 Pro landed on our Best of the Best list when it was launched in December 2012, and it has remained at the top of the SSD pile ever since, thanks to its blistering speed, impeccable pedigree, and superb software. Shortly after the Pro launched, Samsung debuted a non-Pro drive, named simply “840,” that was designed for those who wanted a less expensive drive with a smaller three-year warranty. This month, Samsung is replacing the regular 840 with the 840 Evo, an all-new drive that slots in below the 840 Pro, thanks to its three-year warranty (the Pro’s is five years) and more reasonable pricing. The Evo is also offered in a full range of capacities, from 120GB all the way up to 1TB, making it the first Samsung SSD available at that size and putting the 1TB Crucial M500 directly in its sights, although the Evo does cost $50 more at $650 MSRP.
Note: This review was originally featured in the October 2013 issue of the magazine.
Intel’s Broadwell, Comic Con, Samsung 840 EVO, and EA’s digital revenue, your questions, our picks, and Gordon’s rant.
It’s podcast time again, and this time for podcast 208 around we start off discussing Intel’s Broadwell CPUs, then Jimmy tells us all about his Comic-Con experience and we discuss the best vehicle for the zombie apocalypse. Julian then chats about EA’s digital revenue surpassing retail, and Josh talks about Samsung’s new 840 EVO 1TB SSD. We then handled a bunch of reader questions, and finished up with Gordon’s rant of the week about — surprise, surprise, Google Maps!