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Samsung 830 Series 512GB SSD Review

The Samsung 830 Series 512GB SSD ships in a very subdued and attractive black box with the product name and capacity clearly listed on the front.

The Solid State Drive itself is protected inside a tough plastic section, which rests above the peripherals.

Samsung supply a very good bundle with the drive, including literature on the product, ‘Magician’ software and the very useful Norton Ghost V15. The USB to SATA powered adapter means you have a complete solution for mirroring your current boot drive, for easy upgrade and replacement.

The drive is shipped in a lovely brushed aluminum black chassis which feels ‘textured’ to the finger. On the back, the label lists drive specifications. This is a thin 7mm chassis which will be ideal as an upgrade for tight superportable laptops. The drive measures 100 x 69.85 x 7 mm and it weighs 62.5 grams.

The 830 Series features the new Samsung controller – S4LJ204X01-Y040. This is a custom 3 core design from British chip maker ARM which fully supports the SATA 6 Gb/s interface. Samsung have opted for 256 MB cache via a single DDR2 based chip (K4T2G314QF-MCF7) and they are using their own NAND flash memory – K9UHGY8U7A-HCK0. This NAND flash memory is built on 20nm architecture and is comprised of 8 chips … each IC, 64GB density.

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