The 850 EVO is a very competitive drive in performance and features, but neither of these warrants the premium Samsung is charging. As I’ve said before, there are only two main segments in the SSD market that I recognize, which are the value/mainstream and high-end/enthusiast segments.
For the value segment, the key consideration is the price because these are typically users who don’t push their systems to the limits and thus shouldn’t pay a premium for a performance increase that is likely to be negligible for their usage…As for the high-end segment, Samsung already has that one covered by the 850 Pro. The 850 EVO, especially at the smaller capacities, isn’t fast enough under IO intensive workloads to really compete with the 850 Pro and Extreme Pro. Given that the Extreme Pro can be had for about the same cost (depending on the capacity, of course), I would much rather have that if I was looking for a high-end SSD.
Samsung Magician Software Version 4.5 Released
Download & Info
Magician version 4.5 features a number of improvements over version 4.4:
– New model support : 850 EVO
– Improved RAPID v2.1
– Reduce the CPU Utilization during Magician launch
– Enhanced SATA Interface view and Over Provisioning
– Update Magician GUI and Help file