Samsung 850 PRO - 512GB - 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-7KE512BW)
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- The World's First Consumer SSD Powered by Samsung V-NAND Technology, Ideal for Hardcore PC Gamers, Heavy PC Users, Business Professional
- Ultimate Sequential Read/Write Performance : Up to 550MB/s and 520MB/s Respectively, and Random Read/Write IOPS Performance : Up to 100K and 90K Respectively
- Performance, Reliability, Energy Efficiency, and Industry-Leading 10-year Limited Warranty
- Included Contents: 2.5” (7mm) SATA III (6GB/s) SSD & User Manual (All Other Cables, Screws, Brackets Not Included).
- Free download of Samsung Data Migration and Magician software available for easy installation and SSD management. The 850 PRO's advanced security complies with the TCG Opal v2.0 standard and is compatible with the Microsoft eDrive IEEE 1667 protocol.
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The 850 Pro is pretty much the ideal balance between performance, cost, capacity, and reliability for business or personal use. There are faster SSDs (NVMe, mainly); there are higher capacity SSDs like the 850 EVO 4 TB; there are also more reliable SSDs for datacenter use with more write cycles. But this line of SSDs is in the middle of the pack when it comes to cost -- costlier than the Crucial MX300 and the 850 EVO, but cheaper than Enterprise SSDs -- while being very close to top of the line in performance and reliability, and with pretty good capacities.
Again, it would be awesome if global market conditions were different and solid state drive prices weren't so stagnant (or even increasing), but in the absence of global market shifts, this is the best we have available for now. So you can either wait out the storm and hope that NAND is more available later, or buy in at what has been a near-constant price point with a known quantity SSD that has a low defect rate and excellent performance and price characteristics in the current market as of Q4 2017.
I've had a positive experience now with five different 850 Pro SSDs at three different capacities (1 TB, 128 GB and 256 GB), so I heartily recommend them for a wide variety of use cases.
However, Samsung is a leader in SSD research and development. If you own any Apple product, you probably have their memory chips inside it. This is a top rated SSD, and the 10 year warranty proves it. For the $385 I paid, there was no comparison to anything else available. This SSD originally retailed for twice what I paid, so I waited for the price to drop. And waited. And waited some more. Now my 2011 MacBook Pro runs very fast indeed. As I understand it, this drive runs as fast as the 6Gbps SATA III interface will allow. Theoretically, newer Macs can run a tiny bit faster with their permanent solid state storage, but you'll never notice it in real life use. I won't ever buy another Apple computer because, since Steve Jobs' passing, they no longer make anything upgradeable. No more upgrading the hard drive later on. No more upgrading memory. You have no choice but to pay Apple's outrageous prices up front, and be stuck forever with whatever you buy. This added to their crummy new keyboards, and Apple is now the poster-child for planned obsolescence. Lucky for me, my Macs should last the rest of my life. Maybe a little repair now and then, but in general, the old Macs were built like tanks.
If you're the sort to keep your computer for many, many years, I suggest upgrading the hard drive to a Samsung SSD for maximum performance. There is no better way to increase overall speed than replacing your mechanical hard drive with a solid state one.
And of course it was my boot drive.
It has a 10 year warranty that you may need it if you buy this product.
If you buy this be sure you have image copies and/or ongoing backups.
My confidence in this technology is strongly shaken. I could perhaps expect this kind of failure from a rotating disk but not an SSD.
Samsung is honoring the warranty, but meanwhile I could not wait for the replacement and had to buy another SSD drive.
What a hassle restoring my boot drive from the combination of an image copy and online cloud backups!
When spending this much for hardware it should last as least as long as the warranty.