Sam­sung 850 Evo 500GB

IF YOU’RE LOOK­ING FOR A MID RANGE SSD WITH ALL THE TRIM­MINGS, THE 850 EVO FITS THE BILL, AT A PRICE THAT’S FAR FROM OUT­RA­GEOUS

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I f you’ve just read our re­view of the M.2 ver­sion of this drive, the SATA ver­sion holds no great sur­prises. Per­for­mance is un­sur­pris­ingly sim­i­lar, and the price is pretty much the same. Like all Sam­sung drives, it sup­ports hard­ware en­cryp­tion (so long as this is en­abled in your BIOS and/or op­er­at­ing sys­tem), and it also comes with a use­ful Data Mi­gra­tion tool, which walks you through the disk cloning process so you can eas­ily trans­fer your sys­tem from an old hard disk.

One di’er­ence is the ca­pac­i­ties avail­able. While the M.2 range tops out at 500GB, SATA mod­els are avail­able in sizes up to a pre­pos­ter­ous 4TB – if you’re will­ing to spend a cool $2,249. The pric­ing scales more or less lin­early with ca­pac­ity, with the 500GB model we tested com­ing in at $244. That’s not quite down there with the Cru­cial MX300, but it still doesn’t stick in the throat.

On pa­per, there may be lit­tle to choose be­tween the Sam­sung 850 Evo’s twin in­car­na­tions, but we sus­pect that the SATA edi­tion will have a broader ap­peal. Af­ter all, if you have an M.2 slot then you prob­a­bly want to fill it with some­thing that’s a bit more per­for­mant than the 850 Evo. How­ever, if you don’t and are lim­ited to SATA speeds, then this drive is as good as any other. It ticks all of the im­por­tant boxes, and you won’t get sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter per­for­mance from any of the other SATA disks.

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