The Samsung 830 series performed excellently in our testing, especially where it matters the most: data rates.
We tested the drive by copying a large amount of data both when it was used as a secondary drive and when it was used as the main (boot) drive of the test machine. In the former case, the drive can show its full throughput speed, and in the latter, it represents what normal users would get from using it in daily usage.
When used as a secondary drive, the Samsung 830 series registered a real-world copying speed of 261.63MBps, topping the chart. The second fastest we've seen is the Plextor PX-256M2S, which scored 261MBps, just a tad slower. When used as the main and single drive of the test machine, the Samsung 830 series was slower as expected since it had to perform both reading and writing at the same time, and averaged 172.88MBps, once again the fastest--more than 10MBps faster than the Plextor.
The drive also helps the test machine boot and shut down much faster. On top of that, applications, especially heavy ones, such as games or Photoshop take much less time to load.
In all, we were happy with what the drive offered, performance-wise. It also worked flawlessly during our testing without any problems.
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
|As secondary drive||As OS drive|
Service and support
Samsung backs the 830 series SSD with a three-year warranty, which is standard for most SSDs, though not as generous as the five-year warranty of the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G. At the company's Web site, you'll find downloads for manuals, software, and firmware for the SSD.
We were really pleased with the new Samsung 830 series SSD and would recommend it to anybody if its price is comparable to or lower than that of other SSDs of the same standard and capacities on the market.