Sam­sung 860 EVO

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dras­ti­cally in per­for­mance ac­cord­ing to their ca­pac­i­ties, be­cause the less ca­pa­cious models have fewer chips and pipe­lines for shot­gun­ning data. Sam­sung rates all its ca­pac­i­ties the same for the same per­for­mance. We didn’t have other ca­pac­i­ties to test, but based on pre­vi­ous test­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence, we find this claim likely to be just.

As sus­tained write speed is no longer a con­cern with the lat­est TLC SSDS, the only rea­son to go with an pricier MLC drive such as the 860 Pro is if you’re con­cerned about longevity or write far more data daily than the av­er­age user. Note that the av­er­age SSD is rated for at least 10 years av­er­ag­ing 10GB of writes a day. And pri­vately, ven­dors are The 860 EVO is the fastest TLC SSD we’ve tested, al­beit by a gnat’s eye­brow. But a win is a win, and given the same price, we rec­om­mend it over the WD Blue 3D and San­disk Ul­tra 3D. That said, you’ll be more than happy with any of the three, so if you find the lat­ter two sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper, go for it. Sub­jec­tively, you’ll never be able to tell the dif­fer­ence.

Caveat emp­tor: There are still lots of older TLC SSDS out there with slow to piti­fully slow sus­tained writes. Shop care­fully, and of course, read our other SSD re­views ( go.pc­


$299 con­vinced they’ll de­liver more. That’s not a prom­ise, just re­as­sur­ance for the faint of heart.


• Ex­cel­lent per­for­mance on a par with MLC drives • Very af­ford­able

• Very fast with small queued writes • Less long-lived than the MLC (2-bit) SSDS


The Sam­sung 860 EVO de­liv­ers per­for­mance ev­ery bit as good as its MLC ri­vals. It’s a wor­thy com­peti­tor for the WD Blue 3D and San­disk 3D, two other TLC drives that are un­do­ing TLC’S weak rep­u­ta­tion.

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