Black Friday: Samsung Offers New 840 SSD At $0.68/GB; Free Far Cry 3

Written by  Monday, 19 November 2012 01:43
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It seems that 2012 is the Year of the SSD, given the recent rise in affordability, popularity, and their proven practicality; Samsung's recently-announced 840 and 840 Pro SSDs have a lot to compete against -- especially with Kingston's new and very promising SSDNow V300 budget SSD -- and so they've upped the marketing ante.

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As part of the Black Friday tradition (which has, at some not-to-be-named outlets, turned into "Black 2012"), Samsung will be offering their 250GB 840 SSD for $20 off of MSRP, putting it at $170, and will also be including a free copy of Far Cry 3 for PC. Samsung had this to say about their 840 SSD (the non-Pro version):

"Designed for cost-conscious consumers who still want outstanding performance, Samsung’s new SSD 840 drives offer a [SATA III] interface and triple-core MDX controller, while using economical triple-level cell (TLC) Toggle DDR2 flash memory. They offer blazingly fast random read speeds – up to 97,000 input-output operations per second (IOPS) and sequential read speeds up to 530 megabytes-per-second (MB/s) – as well as longer battery life, cooler, quieter operation and improved reliability compared with conventional hard disk drives."

The pricing really is quite good, if we're honest. At slightly less than a dollar per gig for the 250GB option (and, if you care for it, a free copy of Far Cry 3), the prices are undeniably competitive. Samsung's TLC SSDs do have slightly lower write speeds than their competitors, though, so if you're doing a lot of rendering, encoding, or bursted random file transfers (non-sequential writes), it may be worth evaluating how much that speed drop will impact you. For your convenience, we've reposted the specs of these drives below:

Samsung 840 and Samsung 840 Pro SSD Specs

840 Pro SSD 840 SSD
Storage 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 120GB, 250GB, 500GB
Form Factor 2.5" 2.5"
Interface SATA III SATA III
Controller 3-core MDX controller (300MHz) 3-core MDX controller (300MHz)
Flash Memory 2y-nm class
DDR2 multi-level NAND (400 Mb/s)
2y-nm class
DDR2 triple-level NAND (400 Mb/s)
Warranty 5 years. 3 years.
Power Consumption 0.15W 0.15W
Price
64GB: $100
128GB: $150
256GB: $270
512GB: $600
120GB: $130
250GB: $200
500GB: $400

 

You can view all of Samsung's 840 SSDs here. If you're the type who likes to consider multiple options, Mushkin's Chronos drive is a close competitor on cost-per-gig, though we haven't personally run this one through our benchmark yet.

Let us know if you have any questions or need support with your system shopping -- that's what we're here for.

- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.

Last modified on Monday, 19 November 2012 05:42

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