Solid State Drive or SSD storage is widely used today due to its fast read and write speeds unlike hard drives. However, when it comes to large storage needs, many users continue to rely on the good old HDD. As of today, you can get up to 16 terabytes of storage on a single consumer-grade hard drive. Things are different when it comes to SSDs, but it’s definitely catching up.
The maximum amount of storage you usually see on SSDs in the market today is about 1 TB to 2 TB. However, Samsung is doing its best to push the boundaries with its 870 QVO lineup of SSDs. The company offers it with up to 8TB of storage, which is probably the most you’ll find on a standard consumer-grade SATA-based SSD. Now 8TB is a lot, and unless you’re a content creator or a professional videographer, you might not need that kind of storage. That’s probably why we haven’t seen Samsung launch large-capacity SSDs on the market yet, and it makes sense.
The 870 QVO is an update of the 860 QVO and continues to target a budget price like the previous generation. Now, increasing the storage capacity per unit should theoretically lead to a decrease in read and write speeds. However, Samsung claims speeds that are just as good (if not better) than most competing brands on the market. In fact, it offers slightly better speeds than Samsung’s 860 PRO and 860 EVO range on paper.
Design-wise, the SSD has a familiar, sleek look with a metal casing. To differentiate itself from Samsung’s other offerings, the QVO range comes in a gray finish instead of black. You get standard SATA power and data connectors, but unfortunately Samsung doesn’t offer a mounting bracket. So if your cabinet only offers 3.5mm storage pockets, you’ll need to purchase one separately.
Connecting the drive was pretty easy and I got it started with a quick format and some file transfer tests. I was sent the 1 TB model and I was able to transfer a 4.2 GB file in about 25 seconds when copying from a standard 7,200 rpm hard drive at an average speed of 165 MBps. The same file only took 5 seconds to transfer from a Samsung 860 EVO at 450 MBps. Transferring a folder containing 455 files with a total size of 4.5 GB took 30 seconds from the hard drive at an average speed of 130 MBps and about 10 seconds from the 860 EVO at 420 MBps. These are pretty good results and should give your overall PC performance a complete boost.
I further tested the disk with CrystalDiskMark ATTO Disk benchmark. The drive scored 562 MBps sequential read speeds and 532 MBps sequential write speeds on CrystalDiskMark. On ATTO, the drive peaked at 537 MBps read speeds and 509 MBps peak write speeds.
Samsung has not only managed to finally introduce an SSD that offers up to 8TB of storage, it has also managed to offer fast speeds. This time, it features a 9x-layer manufacturing process that allows for more storage in the same amount of NAND module space. It will also continue to offer QLC quad-level-cell storage that basically stacks four bits of information per memory cell to cut costs, but that usually comes with a trade-off of slower read and write speeds. The company has managed to address this problem by adding a single-layer-cell (SLC) buffer to the drive. Samsung calls this Intelligent TurboWrite, which certainly helps maintain faster speeds compared to other drives that don’t offer QLC-based storage.
All this jargon might get a little complicated, but in short, Samsung has managed to store more data in the same amount of space while also offering respectably fast speeds, if not the fastest. Moreover, the range is not exuberantly priced. The drive is available from Rs 9,999 for the 1TB variant. This puts it on par with most 2.5-inch SSD drives on the market, and relatively cheaper than its own EVO and PRO range. Of course if you aim for that 8TB version it will cost you Rs 74,999!
Samsung 870 QVO is then a recommended upgrade for you if you still use your PC on a hard drive, or if you just want a large and fast secondary internal drive to store large amounts of data. I would also recommend this to anyone who plans to upgrade the entire motherboard just to get the option to install a PCIe based M.2 SSD. There are faster drives on the market, and if speed is your top priority, look elsewhere.
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