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

By Published November 19, 2012 at 1:43 am

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.


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"
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
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 November 19, 2012 at 1:43 am
Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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