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SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

  • 2.5"
  • 256GB
  • SATA III
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Learn more about the SAMSUNG MZ-7PD256BW

General

Brand
SAMSUNG
Series
840 Pro Series
Model
MZ-7PD256BW
Device Type
Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Used For
Consumer

Physical

Form Factor
2.5"
Capacity
256GB
Memory Components
MLC
Interface
SATA III
Controller
Samsung MDX Controller
Height
7mm

Performance

Sustained Sequential Read
540 MB/s
Sustained Sequential Write
520MBps
4KB Random Read
Up to 100,000 IOPS
4KB Random Write
Up to 90,000 IOPS
MTBF
1,500,000 hours

Features

Features
Experience PC performance you never thought possible

Enables you to boot up your computer in as little as 15 seconds

Energy efficient - improves battery life by up to 50 minutes

Solid-state design provides greater shock protection for data and brushed metal case blocks dust and corrosion

Worry-free data security with AES 256-bit full-disk encryption

100-percent genuine Samsung components from the #1 memory manufacturer in the world

4th-generation 3-Core Samsung MDX Controller ensures sustained performance under the most punishing conditions

Environmental

Power Consumption (Idle)
0.054W
Power Consumption (Active)
0.069W

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 5 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 5 years


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  • Jordan R.
  • 7/20/2014 11:55:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome!!!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Blazing fast!! Love this thing, boots my pc up lighting fast! Going from an HDD to this is crazy!! Games load super fast!

Cons: None as of this moment!

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  • Fox Adams
  • 7/16/2014 7:18:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo Complaints

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: -Performs well enough that I don't even think about it

Cons: Nil to date

Other Thoughts: What can I say? Popped it in a year ago, was impressed with the results, haven't really though about it. If I'm playing games that need to load environments upon entering areas I'm always blown away by the quick load times.

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  • N/A
  • 7/16/2014 8:30:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsStill Going Strong

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast loads, runs cool, quiet

Cons: It doesn't solve world hunger or allow me to take over the world.

Other Thoughts: Been rocking out this 840pro for over a year now and unlike a lot of traditional hard drives, this little thing still boots/runs as fast as it did the first day I installed it. Just think, no more defrags, everything stays on the drive and doesn't get jumbled around from one side of the drive to the other (if you use the correct software to manage it, basically it "defrags" as it writes the data).

I don't have the fastest load times of some other people's builds, but I restart my entire system in about 17 seconds. That is massive compared to some of my older "fast" systems where a reboot could take a full minute or more! It's especially awesome for Windows updates, so many of them need a restart and when you have 200+ updates on a fresh install, speed is everything to ensure you don't go crazy waiting.

I chose this pro over the regular version because it had a warranty that lasted two more years. Since this was my first SSD, I figured I'd spend the extra money, I wasn't so worried about the faster read/write times, since I don't use any programs that can harness that kind of (constant) speed. I was a bit worried about the capacity, but I figured I store the majority of my files on a secondary drive, leaving this as my main program drive, I'm still only using half the drive!

My current setup looks like this:

Win7, 64bit
Intel i5 3570k (not overclocked)
Geforce GTX460 SSC, 1gig with dual Samsung XL2370 monitors at 1920x1080
ASUS P8Z77-v
8gigs G.Skill RAM
Seasonic M12II 620watt bronze PSU (overkill for my system, but the price was right).

Also running a Western Digital, 1.5TB HDD as backup/storage.

I keep looking at other SSD's, but I keep coming back to Samsung. I think the ONLY other alternative I would choose is Intel, I read somewhere that they still outsource one of their components, but it's made by Samsung anyways. I'm thinking if I have to replace this, I'll step down from the Pro series and go with the standard drives, I figure by the time that happens, the technology will be better, faster and cheaper (these drives used to be over $1000).

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  • ftlauderdale37
  • 7/14/2014 6:20:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsvery fast

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Very fast boot times . It takes less then 10 second from a cold boot (win 7 64) . Well worth the money .
7.9 performance index score .

Cons: none

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  • some guy
  • 7/6/2014 12:19:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Solid State Drives, Batman!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Fast, Reliable, Noiseless, Plentiful Storage, Durable, compatible with older SATA, fits into a laptop, A LAPTOP FOR PETE'S SAKE!

Cons: Expensive compared to memory size of old-style spinning hard drives.

Other Thoughts: Consider your options carefully: yes, you could get much more memory with an old-style spinning hard drive, but this thing is seriously awesome. Running Ubuntu, my computer starts up and shuts down almost as fast as my 3DS! Windows 8.1 takes longer, but is still up within a short time.

If a program freezes up the system, it is now actually faster for me to reboot in roughly half a minute than to try to handle the offending process normally. I can now make maximum use of short times between classes that would otherwise have been wasted trying to cope with my old, slower drive.

It is vastly improved from my ancient seagate drive that came with my laptop, and I rest easier with the expectation that a solid state drive should withstand the test of time better than its spinning ancestors.

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  • DGS
  • 7/4/2014 7:31:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Very fast drive. Free cloning software completed in less than 5 minutes without a glitch. Used a SATA enclosure cable to USB connection. Firmware update thru Windows a breeze. Was planning on fresh install, but not needed. Total project took 30 minutes from box to boot.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Excellent price per MB. Price fell to what I thought was a good deal. Upgraded from Vertex 4 128 MB.

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  • Nate
  • 7/2/2014 8:37:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFAST!

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Very fast! I have two of these in a RAID 0 array and the speeds are incredible. Windows 7 Professional (x64) boots in around 5 seconds. Transfer speeds are very high.

I haven't done any serious benchmarking, but the Windows Experience rating is 7.9 (out of 7.9, so the maximum).

Cons: When these drives are configured in a RAID array, Samsung's Magician software cannot recognize the drives. (By comparison, Intel's software does recognize Intel SSDs in a RAID array.)

The drives still seem to work fine without the software, but Samsung's warranty is dependent on total bytes written (TBW), and these drives DO have a limited lifetime, so not having access to TBW and Drive Health are potentially huge problems. Because I can't get any information through Magician, I'm deducting an egg. Because I can't update drive firmware through Magician, I'm deducting another egg.

Please fix the software, Samsung!

Other Thoughts: You probably won't see much benefit from using two of these in RAID 0 like me; if you don't need high throughput at high queue depths, you're probably better off using the drives independently. Someone did some testing and benchmarking of these drives in RAID 0 versus no RAID and found that RAID 0 did better in artificial benchmarks, but independent disks were slightly better in real-world tests (i.e., boot times, program load times). You can find the results pretty easily with a search engine.

I have these connected to an Asus Z97-A motherboard (Intel Z97 chipset).

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  • N/A
  • 7/2/2014 7:41:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood drive, but missing adaptor tray

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: This drive is pretty good overall. Very quick, even compared to other SSD's I've owned over the years.

Cons: My only real complaint with this drive is that it didn't come with a drive adaptor tray for a desktop system. I think this should as the instructions show one. Not a huge deal, as I work in the field and had one at work, but it still means having to finish a build later than anticipated due to a lack of provided parts. When I contacted Samsung, they directed me toward an 'SSD Department' which, of course, I needed to contact another number to reach.

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  • N/A
  • 6/29/2014 5:00:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSpeed is best

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: Bought two of these and run them in RAID0 with windows 8.1. Run as advertised, very fast.

Cons: None thus far

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  • N/A
  • 6/29/2014 12:17:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLightning fast

This review is from: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Pros: boots up the computer super fast. Which is why i got this in the first place.

Cons: I ran into a problem where the SSD and my intel board were having some kind of compatibility issue from firmwares on both sides. So make sure you research everything beforehand. other than that I really like this SSD

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