Samsung’s SSD 850 EVO 4 TB Now Available from Major Retailersby Anton Shilov on July 22, 2016 10:15 AM EST
Samsung quietly added its 4 TB 850 EVO SSD model to the product to the lineup back in May (according to its own datasheet) without making any formal announcements. Earlier this month the company lifted the embargo on reviews of the product (you can read ours here) and began to ship the high-capacity SSD to its partners. By now, all the major retailers already either have the product in stock, or are taking pre-orders with ETA about a week from today, at a US MSRP of $1499.
The Samsung SSD 850 EVO 4 TB (MZ-75E4T0) comes in a 2.5”/7 mm form-factor with SATA interface and is based on the company’s TLC V-NAND memory (3D, 32-layers). The 850 EVO 4 TB drive is based on the MHX controller and is equipped with 4 GB of LPDDR3 cache (previously we were told we knew about the MHX ASIC supported 2GB max, which is interesting). Like the rest members of the 850 EVO family, the 4 TB model fully supports 256-bit full disk encryption that is compatible with the TCG/Opal 2.0 and IEEE1667 specifications, which is important for workstation users.
|Samsung SSD 850 EVO Specifications|
|Capacity||120 GB||250 GB||500 GB||1 TB||2 TB||4 TB|
|NAND||Samsung 32-layer 128 Gbit TLC V-NAND|
|DRAM||256 MB||512 MB||1 GB||2 GB||4 GB|
|Sequential Read||540 MB/s|
|Sequential Write||520 MB/s|
|4KB Random Read||94K IOPS||97K IOPS||98K IOPS|
|4KB Random Write||88K IOPS||88K IOPS||90K IOPS|
|DevSleep Power||2 mW||2 mW||2 mW||4 mW||5 mW||10 mW|
|Active Power (Read/Write)||Max 3.7W / 4.4W||3.7W / 4.7W||3.1W / 3.6W|
|Encryption||AES-256, TCG Opal 2.0, IEEE-1667 (eDrive)|
|Endurance||75 TB||150 TB||300 TB|
As for performance, the Samsung 850 EVO 4 TB drive resembles other higher-end models in the 850 EVO family. The manufacturer declares maximum sequential read speed of 540 MB/s as well as maximum sequential write speed of 520 MB/s for the SSD. As for random performance, the drive delivers a top speed of 98,000/90,000 4K random read/write IOPS. Maximum power consumption of the drive is 3.1 W/3.6 W during active read/write operations, which is also in line with the rest of the high-end 850 EVO SSDs.
Right now, virtually all the biggest retailers in the world already have the Samsung 850 EVO 4 TB in stock, or, at least, list the drive and take pre-orders. We could say that the highest-capacity consumer-class SSD is now widely available, however, we should note that in many stores the first batch was sold out immediately and some only have several units left.
|Samsung SSD 850 EVO 4 TB (MZ-75E4T0B) Availability
As of 7/22 9am
|Retailer||Country||Local Price||Price in USD||In Stock|
|Amazon||U.S.||$1,499||$1,499||July 31, 2016|
|B&H Photo Video||U.S.||$1,499||$1,499||Ships in 7-10 days|
|Fry's Electronics||U.S.||$1,499||$1,499||August 1, 2016|
|Newegg||U.S.||$1,499||$1,499||July 31, 2016|
|NCIX||Canada||CAD $1,920||$1,468||Ships in 1-2 weeks|
|Amazon UK||U.K.||£1,200||$1,570||July 30, 2016|
|Overclockers UK||U.K.||£1,200||$1,570||6 in stock|
|Amazon DE||Germany||€1,299||$1,413||1 in stock|
|Amazon FR||France||€1,502||$1,654||6 in stock|
|Alternate||Austria||€1,399||$1,541||July 28, 2016|
|BA Computer||Austria||€1,391||$1,532||July 29, 2016|
|Bora Computer||Germany||€1,379||$1,519||5 in stock|
The Samsung EVO SSD with 4 TB capacity has MSRP of $1,499 in the US, and the high price indicates that this remains a prosumer play at this point. At $1,499, the price is over two times higher than the 2 TB 850 EVO model ($675.76 at Newegg), indicating a higher cost per GB in exchange for density. Ultimately the product will likely find its buyer among those who need a large amount of solid-state storage (in 2.5"/7mm form-factor).
Other Options, Mainly for Enterprise
Typically SSDs of such capacity are designed for servers and datacenters and come with professional grade features which makes them even more expensive. For example, the SanDisk Optimus Max 4 TB (SAS) is available for $2,685 at Amazon and for $2,718 at Ebay. Likewise, Samsung’s own enterprise-grade PM863 3.84 TB SSD (SATA) has suggested price of $2,200, whereas its faster PM1633 3.84 TB (SAS) brother is sold for $3,092. Moreover, if you go to companies like Fixstars or Foremay, they build special-purpose SSDs for various non-PC applications. These products typically aren't even quoted for pricing, because they can feature different configurations and the order quantity affects the pricing, along with any support deal.
Nonetheless, when it comes to performance, capacity, endurance and price, the sky is the limit for solid-state storage. Multiple companies (including Samsung and Fixstars) now offer 2.5” SSDs with over 10 TB capacity and there are specialized solutions (such as those from HPE) that can easily cost $10,000 and north. In short, $1,499 may not be that expensive for a consumer drive.
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nathanddrews - Friday, July 22, 2016 - linkToo much money for me, but still so awesome. C'mon you filthy richers, buy them up and bring those prices down!
retrospooty - Friday, July 22, 2016 - linkAgreed it is awesome, but "filthy richers, buying them up" will not bring the price down. 3 things will bring it down. 1 - competition 2 - higher storage tiers coming out filling the top spot and 3 - lack of sales at the current price. 1,2, and 3 can contribute to each other in many ways, but collectively any combo can score price lowering points in the game.
nathanddrews - Friday, July 22, 2016 - linkYou forgot #4 - volume production. At this price point, richers will control 1, 2, and 4. #3 only happens if richers don't show up.
retrospooty - Friday, July 22, 2016 - linkGood point. It will happen though, just a matter of time. Look how far SSD prices have droped in the past few years. I just picked up a Samsung 850 pro 256gb for $130 and an Adata sp550 480gb for only $108 on my latest system build. in a year or two we will probably see 1-2tb SSD's for those prices and 8-16tb for $1499.
just4U - Saturday, July 23, 2016 - linkI don't think it has to do with being rich.. business may buy such things if they figure they need it.. Enthusiasts may as well.. It's been this way since forever.
blackice85 - Friday, July 22, 2016 - linkSame here, I'd love to get some but it's too soon. I'll be buying 6 or 8 TB mechanical drives soonish to replace older hardware, so maybe next time SSDs will be close enough in cost per GB to make it a viable option.
bill.rookard - Friday, July 22, 2016 - linkAgreed. Right now I can get 4TB mechanical drives for $150ish - or about 1/10th the price. When it hits 1/2 the price (ie: 4TB for $300ish) then I'll switch to all SSDs.
bigboxes - Friday, July 22, 2016 - linkAgreed. Not at this time.
CaedenV - Saturday, July 23, 2016 - linkCan't justify using it in my personal machines, but I am trying to convince my work to buy 2 2TB drives for raid 1 to house VMs that have databases on them. It would dramatically help a lot of things, and while the price is high, when considering how many people's productivity would rise I would think it a simple decision
just4U - Saturday, July 23, 2016 - linkyep, it's to much money for the majority of us but... this is VERY good news. Now that the high capacity SSDs are truly here... they will eventually come down to a price level we can all afford. Might take awhile (1-2 years max I think..) but they will get there.