Samsung has increased the capacity of its 850 Evo and 850 pro solid-state drives, making them capable of holding two terabytes of data. It is the most storage space offered through any of their drives being sold via retail. Previous models offered storage of 120GB, 250GB, 500GB, and 1TB.
The cost of the new 2TB drive will make your wallet significantly lighter, however. The suggested retail price of the 850 Evo is $800, and the 850 Pro goes for $1,000.
The reasoning behind creating this SSD was simple supply and demand. Consumers were running out of space too quickly on the smaller drives, and needed something bigger.
"Samsung experienced surge in demand for 500GB and higher capacity SSDs with the introduction of our V-NAND SSDs. The release of the 2TB SSD is a strong driver into the era of multi-terabyte SSD solutions," said Un-Soo Kim, Senior Vice President of Branded Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. "We will continue to expand our ultra-high performance and large density SSD product portfolio and provide a new computing experience to users around the globe."
Other manufacturers have created drives with this type of storage before, but this is the first one whose target audience is your average Joe consumer. Intel, for example, has their DC P3600. This one is marketed towards data centers, and costs upwards of $4,000.
The Evo and the Pro are similar in the most part, with the latter slightly edging out the former with the following characteristics:
The main difference between the two is the Pro has twice as much endurance (300TBW vs 150TBW) and has a 10-year warranty, compared to the Evo’s 5-year plan.
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