Samsung 850 PRO 2TB SSD Vs Samsung 850 EVO 2TB SSD

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SSD Review: 850 EVO Versus 850 PRO

For the past decade we’ve been hearing people say that it was only a matter of time before Solid-State Drives (SSD’s) will nearly completely kill off magnetic drives. Traditional hard drives will still exist in niche markets they said, but SSDs will eventually reign supreme with regards to performance, cost, form factor size and capacity. Any PC enthusiast that has built a system in recent years knows that SSDs have already won the performance and form factor battle, but they are still lacking in storage capacity and cost.  The $/GB argument is very subjective, but it appears that many are wanting to purchase flagship SSDs well below the $0.50 mark when it comes to cost per GB.

samsung 850 pro evo 2tb

Samsung has raised the bar with regards to storage capacity in its SSDs today by releasing massive new 2TB models in the 850 PRO and 850 EVO product lines. These are Samsung’s highest-capacity SSDs to date for the consumer market and they are being released now because Samsung feels the market and pricing will finally support large 2TB SSDs. Samsung’s previous highest-capacity SSD could hold just 1TB of data, so Samsung has doubled the storage capacity of their consumer SSD product line! Both of the 2TB drives are also priced below $0.50 per GB!

Samsung 850 SSD

These drives are just a capacity increase for the existing Samsung 850 PRO and 850 EVO series, so there isn’t too much new to talk about under the hood as the amount of NAND is the only thing of significance to change. We already did reviews on the Samsung 850 Pro 1TB and Samsung 850 EVO 120GB and 500GB drives when those series first were launched, so we’ll let you go back and read those if you’d like all the background information on each series.

850 PRO 2TB 850 EVO 2TB
Model Number MZ7KM2T0 MZ75E2T0
Samsung Controller MHX MHX
Samsung 3D V-NAND 2bit MLC 3bit TLC
Cache 2GB 2GB
Seq. Read 550 MB/s 540 MB/s
Seq. Write 520 MB/s 520 MB/s
4K Random Read QD1 10,000 IOPS 10,000 IOPS
4K Random Write QD1 36,000 IOPS 40,000 IOPS
4K Random Read QD32 100,000 IOPS 98,000 IOPS
4K Random Write QD32 90,000 IOPS 90,000 IOPS
Idle Power 60mW 60mW
Max Read/Write Power 3.3W / 3.4W 3.7W / 4.7W
MTBF 2 Million Hours 1.5 Million Hours
TB Written (TBW) 300 TBW 150 TBW
GB/day 80GB 80GB
Warranty 10 years 5 Years

Both drives use Samsung’s newest MHX controller along with the latest 3D V-NAND technology, in which storage chips are placed on top of each other. By utilizing 3D V-NAND you can get up to 50% power savings over 2D planar NAND and do so in a smaller package! The Samsung’s 3D V-NAND is stacked 32 cell layers vertically over one another and the storage chips are connected through a thin, high-speed connector called TSV (Thru Silicon Via). The big difference between these drives is that Samsung is using 2bit MLC on the 850 PRO and 3bit TLC on the 850EVO. As their names imply, 2-bit MLC NAND stores 2 bits of data per cell and 3-bit TLC NAND stores 3 bits of data per cell. 3-bit TLC NAND-based products have started to dominate the SSD industry since they chips are less costly to produce, but the generally have lower performance and endurance ratings. This is one of the reasons for the cost and warranty difference between the 850 Pro and 850 EVO as the 850 Pro is using what many would argue is better NAND. Many will say that 2-bit MLC NAND far exceeds the needs for consumer SSDs, but we’ve had our fair share of SSDs die here over the years and we are big fans of endurance and reliability after having numerous failures.

Samsung 850 2TB SSDs

When it comes to performance the 850 EVO 2TB SSD’s sequential read speed is 540 MB/s and write speed is 520 MB/s, according to Samsung’s measurements. The random read speed of the drive is 98,000 IOPS and the write speed is 90,000 IOPS. The Samsung SSD 850 PRO is able to slightly best those numbers with 550 MB/s read and 420MB/s write sequential side of things and 100,000 IOPS read and 90,000 IOPS write with regards to 4K Random performance at a Que Depth of 32. The performance numbers are super close on the 850 Pro and 850 EVO, so the key differentiation factors between these two drives would be the endurance and the pricing. Both drives even offer AES 256-bit Full Disk Encryption (FDE), TCG/Opal V2.1 and eDrive security support

Sansung SSD 850 EVO Price $/GB Samsung SSD 850 Pro Price $/GB
Samsung 850 EVO 120GB $56.37 $0.47 per GB Samsung 850 PRO 128GB  $97.99 $0.77 per GB
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB $97.99 $0.39 per GB Samsung 850 PRO 256GB  $142.99 $0.56 per GB
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB $161.99 $0.32 per GB Samsung 850 PRO 512GB  $254.97 $0.48 per GB
Samsung 850 EVO 1TB $374.29 $0.36 per GB Samsung 850 PRO 1TB  $487.01 $0.48 per GB
Samsung 850 EVO 2TB $799.99 $0.39 per GB Samsung 850 PRO 2TB $999.99 $0.48 per GB

When it comes to pricing the Samsung 850 series is the number one selling line of SSDs right now and one of the reasons is that the pricing on the Samsung 850 EVO is pretty spectacular. You are looking at just $0.32 per GB on the 500GB model and that the 480-512GB capacity range is very popular with gamers and enthusiasts right now as you can hold a decent number ammount of information on a boot drive of that size. The Samsung SSD 850 EVO 2TB drive that has a suggested retail price of $799.99 ($0.39 per GB) and the Samsung SSD 850 Pro 2TB drive is slightly higher at $999.99 ($0.48 per GB). Samsung is charging 25% more for the Samsung 850 Pro and that higher price is based primarily on the endurance  difference.

Let’s go ahead and slap this pair of 2TB drives on our test bench and see how they perform!

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  • ap

    I bought 2 of these (2TB PRO model), immediately installed only 1. In about 2 months the reallocated count started climbing up, then the computer started crashing and the OS (W8.2) started logging errors. I’ve lost some data and replaced the drive with the second one I had. This time, I wasn’t keeping an eye on these counters until I saw OS errors.

    The faulty one I have replaced – I could not even format it in the end. The reallocated sectors was in 20’s by then.

    The second drive started failing in the same way, but this time I did not wait for the data loss and returned it when the count reached 5.

    Now I have the replacement drive I got for the 1st one that failed. And again, it starts reallocating sectors, also about 2 months in. I’m going to return it too: what’s the point waiting until it’s dead?

    Nasty business.

    • Fanatoli Guyoff

      Weird I’ve had the same 3 smaller samsung drives in my computer for years now

  • Solano Jones

    I guess the review’s benchmarks are without Samsung’s RAPID mode enabled? For no more than the tiny resources consumed by the Samsung Magician TSR processes (9MB RAM and essentially zero CPU), I get much better read and write speeds using the same benchmark utilities!

    Also, no mention of over provisioning, but with the EVO, it seems like a good idea to extend the life, and get a little bit of performance boost. I know Samsung internally (hidden to the user) over provisions by some small amount, but they also highly recommend a dedicated OP partition.

    Those who say “I won’t bother with an OP partition until the drive starts to fill up,” I’m like “Why?” If you’re going to resist using full capacity, and at some point you’re going to create an over provisioning partition, why not just do it now while there’s less data to move, and enjoy the benefits the entire life of the drive?

  • Sviat A

    Wow, the price for the least hefty model is nearly twice more for the PRO version. I am pretty much sure that the worse version should work fine for two years. By that time, you can afford something better.

    I consider buying this one – http://hardware.nl/harde-schijven/samsung/ssd/mz-75e120b-eu.html
    Random read (4KB): 94000 IOPS and Random write (4KB): 36000 IOPS are not bad figures. Although it costs strangely more than I expected.

  • Puppet H

    There’s an error”… the 850 EVO uses 3D V-NAND 2-bit MLC memory and the 850 Pro uses 3D V-NAND 3-bit TLC memory.” Pro uses MLC, Evo uses TLC

  • Tyrann

    The price per GB should be $0.30. At $599 this would be perfect. Guess we gotta wait till next year when prices finally drop to acceptable levels. Skylake-E, Pascal and 2TB SSD’s….2016 is gonna be awesome for new builds 🙂

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Keep in mind the 2TB prices are suggested retail pricing, so it will be really interesting to see what the actual street pricing will be. I think we’ll see the Samsung SSD 850 EVO 2TB drive in the $599-$650 price range fairly quickly.

      • Tyrann

        I want it to be $599 CDN lol so it have to be like $475 US. Either way Samsung released their 850 Evo line kind of high before and it only brought it down after Crucial brought some nice competition.

        • Danny Marks

          I just want to point out, that the price is dropping rather quickly (IMO) on the Evo so far. At time of writing (08/18/2015) it has dropped to 734.99 from the 799.99 it started at. I check it every day, as I’d love to get my hands on one for a better price. This is on Amazon of course.

        • Tyrann

          I check every day too man, I hope next year i can get them at the price i want for my new pc build. My 6 year old pc is showing its age lol.