Samsung reveals super fast, super dense 850 Pro SSDs up to 1TB in capacity

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Aside from being a global leader in producing smartphones, TVs, and home appliances, Samsung is also at the forefront in providing fast, high-capacity flash storage for your PC.

The Korean electronics giant made great strides last year to bring 1 terabyte (1TB) capacity SSDs to the market with 840 EVO. At this year's SSD Global Summit in Seoul, Samsung introduced the 850 PRO — its new 2.5-inch SATA III flash storage specifically designed for high-end PCs and workstations

The 850 PRO features the company's 3D V-NAND (vertical NAND) technology which vertically integrates cell structure to provide incredible speed, energy efficiency and endurance. Built-in Dynamic Thermal Guard helps keep the drives at an optimal temperature while preventing overheating, and data loss. Thanks to 3D V-NAND, Samsung was able to make super fast, super dense SSDs with a smaller footprint.

How fast are the 850 PRO SSDs? Samsung claims its new SSDs offer the fastest performance using the SATA III (6Gb/s) interface with read speeds up to 550MB/s and write speeds up to 520MB/s. That's up to two times faster than regular 20nm planar NAND flash. Random read performance is also up to 100,000 IOPS (input/output operations-per-second) with random write speeds up to 90,000 IOPS.

The 850 Pro Series SATA III 2.5 SSDs will be available in 53 markets this month at the following prices:

  • 128GB - MZ-YKE128BW - $129.99
  • 256GB - MZ-YKE256BW - $199.99
  • 512GB - MZ-YKE512BW - $399.99
  • 1TB - MZ-YKE1T0BW - $699.99

While SanDisk, OCZ, and Kingston are more well-known storage brands, Samsung isn't exactly a new player. The company's been improving SSD technology for eight years. In 2006, Samsung introduced its first SSD. Two years later, it lowered the cost by 40 percent. In 2010, Samsung's might pushed SSD adoption rate up by 2.5 percent and in 2012, the company packed in 30 percent more gigabytes than previous models. Samsung SSDs are also known to contain the world's best NAND flash with 20 times fewer bad blocks because it only takes the best yield from a crop.

If you're still using a traditional platter-based hard drive disk, now might be the time to upgrade to a solid state drive, especially since engineers are working on crazy ways to boost performance.