Samsung 750 EVO SSD Review

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Samsung is introducing a low-cost client SSD to system builders. But the SSD 750 EVO will sell through regular e-tail channels as well. Just don't call it an 840 EVO or expect the same endurance issues from this LDPC-enabled stablemate.

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wow the battery life benchmarks on the 750 EVO is highly impressive, it make the 850 EVO's look power hungry. i wasn't expecting to see that at all esp from a non 3D V-NAND SSD. So if getting the most out of your battery life in your portable pc device is very important to you, then def the 750 EVO is the way to go.
 

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Of course they're intending these for system integrators, who get a marketing bullet point at a reduced price, and while their lifespan is inferior, the eventual failures will fall out of the integrator's default warranty period ("not our problem, buy a new one from us"). Personally I think this is a cheap move to milk consumers. Samsung should stick to the middle/high level stuff while they still have a good reputation at quality.
 

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Of course they're intending these for system integrators, who get a marketing bullet point at a reduced price, and while their lifespan is inferior, the eventual failures will fall out of the integrator's default warranty period ("not our problem, buy a new one from us"). Personally I think this is a cheap move to milk consumers. Samsung should stick to the middle/high level stuff while they still have a good reputation at quality.
While I do enjoy recommending Samsung's high end drives, I dont see this as milking customers. I would be more comfortable seeing a 750 evo inside a low budget system than kingston's SSD Now! drives. They saw a market in low cost, cheaper made drives. I am happy to see Samsung moving their old tech into this area. Its not the fastest, nor the highest quality drive, but it fits.
I dont see Samsung's quality reputation getting hurt any time soon.
 

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I am confused. How is this good/better or useful? The 250GB 850 EVO is quite often available for $80. $5 less for inferior flash with less endurance. I don't get the point I guess.
 

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I see the price dropping once it becomes available. Otherwise I agree it wont have a place at that price.
 

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At twenty bucks less it makes sense, otherwise, it would be worth the extra twenty bucks simply for the longevity. Especially when the Sandisk Ultra II has similar performance to the 850 EVO in most capacities for a lower price.
 

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wow the battery life benchmarks on the 750 EVO is highly impressive, it make the 850 EVO's look power hungry. i wasn't expecting to see that at all esp from a non 3D V-NAND SSD. So if getting the most out of your battery life in your portable pc device is very important to you, then def the 750 EVO is the way to go.
You're absolutely not wrong that the 750 seems to give about an hour more battery life than the 850 does, but let's remind ourselves that these plots were made starting at 500 minutes not 0 minutes. That's inherently deceptive, and obviously THG would say it's meant to show the variation more clearly, but the fact is that the bar looks like it's 70% longer (170 apparent units versus 105 apparent units), we should divide the values to reveal the true benefit: 10.7%. I may not be that inclined to get up in a tizzy about an extra 10% or an extra hour -- particularly when the 850 already allows 10 hours of usage -- but an extra 70% would be truly outstanding. Alas, that 70% is merely deceptive non-zero starting points on a graph.
 

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endurance is not that bad really unless you try to use it as a torrent drive or something silly like that. during the 3 yr warranty period for the 120 gb drive, you'd have to write 32 GB per day to the drive to reach the 35 TB TBW. sure the initial windows install and program installations will take up a bit of this but once that is done, day to day use won't get anywhere near this number for the average user.

double this amount for the 250 GB drive since it has the same 3 yr warranty but a 70 TBW and you're even further than breaking this threshold. even storing data on it won't do much since this is usually written once and then read over and over. the reading of the data does not go against this TBW rating.
 

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System builders are not this drives target demographic. Nor is the target people who shop online. It is meant for pre-built computer companies that use the cheapest versions of power supplies, motherboards, stock GPU's, and low cost fans.

Honestly cyberpower, ibuypower, dell, ext. As we all know on these forums even picking high quality versions of the same parts, and hiring a tech for $100 to assemble it is still cheaper then buying a prebuilt from these people.

I stopped getting prebuilts because the motherboards, ram, storage, PSU's, and fans are all bottom shelf. Even if you can find one that is "close" in price to building yourself it never compares in quality. Plus whats the deal with the "upgrade" to name brand parts costing the same or more than the part sells for on amazon or newegg. Oh and anyone who ever spent $20 less on windows for OEM since windows 7... you could have had copies of windows 10 for life had you just spent the extra money the first time. OEM license is tied to a single motherboard, boxed version is good forever 1 PC at a time.
 

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"Over time though, a problem emerged. Customers found that older data on the drives would read back much slower than fresh data. Samsung fired back with a pair of firmware upgrades and we haven't heard much of the issue since then. "

Actually, we heard quite a bit more about the 840 EVO's slow read speed after data has been sitting for a month or two issue than this whitewash paragraph would suggest. In addition to the two firmware updates (which did NOT correct the issue), Samsung released a tool which would refresh ( read from and write back to) every block of data on the drive.

The slowness of reading was due to the stored charge leaking out more than expected, leaving a lower than expected read voltage, meaning error correction was performed (re-reading the cell multiple times) which slowed down the read.

As long as the data is refreshed (read and re-written) every several weeks, the 840 EVO drive read speed doesn't get too slow. This has a direct effect on the usable endurance of the drive. Multiple tech sites had threads that were active for several months (some over a year) concerning this issue.

Presumably, 3d V-NAND based TLC is not prone to this issue (larger geometry = less leakage), but planar TLC is. Hopefully, the LDPC can correct for the drift without slowing down too much. Might be a good idea to wait a few months, make sure no one runs into another "old data reads slowly" situation, before buying.
 
As long as the data is refreshed (read and re-written) every several weeks, the 840 EVO drive read speed doesn't get too slow. This has a direct effect on the usable endurance of the drive.
While I don't disagree about the seriousness of the problem, the fix has no practical impact on the usable endurance of the drive. The 250GB 840 EVO lasted 900 TB of writes in the long-term endurance test. Even if the drive were completely full and you refreshed the data every 2 weeks to avoid this problem, it would take you 138 years for the refreshes to reach 900 TB of writes.

Or put another way, if the expected lifetime of the drive is 20 years (you are averaging 865 GB of writes to the drive per week) and 65% of the drive contains "old" data which needs to be refreshed, refreshing it once a month will reduce the expected lifetime of the drive to (900 / (.865 + .250*.65/4)) / 52 = 19.1 years. Frankly, if you find yourself still using a 840 EVO after 19 years, you have more serious issues to worry about than the 840 EVO problem.

http://techreport.com/review/26523/the-ssd-endurance-experiment-casualties-on-the-way-to-a-petabyte/2
 
Of course they're intending these for system integrators, who get a marketing bullet point at a reduced price, and while their lifespan is inferior, the eventual failures will fall out of the integrator's default warranty period ("not our problem, buy a new one from us"). Personally I think this is a cheap move to milk consumers. Samsung should stick to the middle/high level stuff while they still have a good reputation at quality.
There's clearly a market for cheaper planar TLC drives, why shouldn't Samsung compete there too? Write issues on SSDs are so massively overblown. How many people buying SSDs are going to write 20+GB of data to their SSD every day of the year for 3-4 years? That's the kind of writes required reach the wear levels. Rating on wear levels are usually extremely conservative too (perhaps even purposefully to push consumers with bigger wallets towards more expensive products with higher margins). So even after 4 years of 20GB written per day, you're pretty likely to get another few years out of the drive anyway before you start to hit issues. The vast majority of computer users would get likely 10 get years out of the drive before they approached the wear levels. I'm glad these SSDs exist. It'll push competition.
 
While I don't disagree about the seriousness of the problem, the fix has no practical impact on the usable endurance of the drive. The 250GB 840 EVO lasted 900 TB of writes in the long-term endurance test. Even if the drive were completely full and you refreshed the data every 2 weeks to avoid this problem, it would take you 138 years for the refreshes to reach 900 TB of writes.
My bigger issue with the whole mess was the amount of time it took Samsung to properly address. Reports starting emerging in August 2014, Sammy took until October to release the first "fix" - which was only a temporary workaround. It wasn't until April the following year that the second fix properly addressed the issue (it automated the periodic re-writing of older data).
Plus, the original 840 (non EVO) was also affected but I'm not sure if a fix for this drive was ever actually released.
 

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Decent performance. I thought this was Samsung's poor way of replacing the 850 EVOs in these two capacities. They won't be able to serve these two capacities with the new 48-Layer V-NAND.

Don't judge yet with current pricing as I think they want to get rid of all 850 EVOs to be replaced by the new 750s.

Since the PCBs are becoming smaller for each generation, can't they make the 2.5" chassis smaller without breaking compatibility for even more reduced costs.
 

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Why would these 2D models replace the 3d VNAND on the 850 EVOs?
Or do you mean 840.
 

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10% more is still impressive since the real world performance is the same as the 850 even though we don't need that value.

wow the battery life benchmarks on the 750 EVO is highly impressive, it make the 850 EVO's look power hungry. i wasn't expecting to see that at all esp from a non 3D V-NAND SSD. So if getting the most out of your battery life in your portable pc device is very important to you, then def the 750 EVO is the way to go.
You're absolutely not wrong that the 750 seems to give about an hour more battery life than the 850 does, but let's remind ourselves that these plots were made starting at 500 minutes not 0 minutes. That's inherently deceptive, and obviously THG would say it's meant to show the variation more clearly, but the fact is that the bar looks like it's 70% longer (170 apparent units versus 105 apparent units), we should divide the values to reveal the true benefit: 10.7%. I may not be that inclined to get up in a tizzy about an extra 10% or an extra hour -- particularly when the 850 already allows 10 hours of usage -- but an extra 70% would be truly outstanding. Alas, that 70% is merely deceptive non-zero starting points on a graph.
 

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If the Samsung 750 EVO SSD is superior to the 850, then why the shortened warranty? It's the same 3 year one that the Samsung 840 EVO line had, and needs to be added to the equation.

For example, why would I want to replace my 850 EVO with a 5 year warranty for one with a lesser one? Something there just doesn't sound right, plus for ponying up a few more dollars (maybe $25 for the 256GB version), one gets a 10 year warranty with the Samsung 850 Pro, which I also have a 500GB version of.

What Samsung doesn't want to do is water their brand down by distributing a SSD to compete with sub $50 models at the 120GB level. Used to be, most everything Samsung touched became liquid gold, until they decided to release Windows notebooks with shabby firmware & tried to compete directly with Apple with some of these offerings.

And why they're no longer a distributor of Windows notebooks. Samsung doesn't want to do the same with their SSD's, rather improve the models still on the market, maybe also ship with some Opal encryption software to sweeten the deal.

Cheaper doesn't equate better, is the bottom line.

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I've always wondered why manufacturers don't use lower density modules to cheapen costs. There's plenty space on a 2.5" chassis for that.
 

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You're absolutely not wrong that the 750 seems to give about an hour more battery life than the 850 does, but let's remind ourselves that these plots were made starting at 500 minutes not 0 minutes. ... Alas, that 70% is merely deceptive non-zero starting points on a graph.
I was about to start yelling again about graphs with non-zero origins. Thanks joex for speaking up.

Really Chris, toms is still doing this?? The practice is totally unprofessional. What is the purpose of a bar graph? To convey information in an immediately visual manner. This is ruined by using a non-zero origin. I think you should replace that graph with a proper one, then we'd see just how little difference there is in a simple visual manner.

"People use statistics as a drunk uses a lamp post: for support rather than illumination."

 

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Because the 48 Layer V-nand has more density, thus, less chips required for each SSD. But, the 750 is only using two dies on the 240 GB while one only in 120 GB version. I believe the latest 850 Evo will start at 480 GB.



Why would these 2D models replace the 3d VNAND on the 850 EVOs?
Or do you mean 840.
 

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Because THD failed to mention why. These two 750s will replace the 850 EVos in 120GB and 240GB. The latest 850s will start at a higher capacity, more likely at 480GB.

If the Samsung 750 EVO SSD is superior to the 850, then why the shortened warranty? It's the same 3 year one that the Samsung 840 EVO line had, and needs to be added to the equation.

For example, why would I want to replace my 850 EVO with a 5 year warranty for one with a lesser one? Something there just doesn't sound right, plus for ponying up a few more dollars (maybe $25 for the 256GB version), one gets a 10 year warranty with the Samsung 850 Pro, which I also have a 500GB version of.

What Samsung doesn't want to do is water their brand down by distributing a SSD to compete with sub $50 models at the 120GB level. Used to be, most everything Samsung touched became liquid gold, until they decided to release Windows notebooks with shabby firmware & tried to compete directly with Apple with some of these offerings.

And why they're no longer a distributor of Windows notebooks. Samsung doesn't want to do the same with their SSD's, rather improve the models still on the market, maybe also ship with some Opal encryption software to sweeten the deal.

Cheaper doesn't equate better, is the bottom line.

Cat
 
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