Last week Samsung announced its PM830, its first SSD with support for 6Gbps SATA. Although the PM830 is shipping to OEMs today, it won't be available directly to consumers. Now meet the consumer version: the Samsung SSD 830.

Samsung is particularly proud of the SSD 830's brushed metal enclosure, unique to the consumer version and absent from the PM830.

Architecturally the SSD 830 is no different than the OEM version. It still has an updated Samsung controller with two ARM cores, a 6Gbps SATA interface and Samsung's own Toggle NAND. Also like the PM830 the SSD 830 supports full drive AES-256 encryption, putting it in the ranks of Intel's SSD 320 and the SandForce drives. 

Although the PM830 is only available in 128, 256 and 512GB sizes, the SSD 830 will include a 64GB version as well. Pricing is TBD.

The 830 will be available in three different configurations: a standalone drive, a notebook upgrade kit and a desktop upgrade kit. The notebook upgrade kit comes with a USB to SATA adapter cable, while the desktop upgrade kit comes with a 3.5" adapter. Both upgrade kits come with a full copy of Norton Ghost.

The SSD 830 won't be available until October, which gives Samsung more time to fine tune its firmware. This is the reason that Samsung isn't disclosing performance specs for the 830 as they will likely change by the time the drive ships. Don't expect it to be any slower than the 500/350MB/s read/writes of the PM830. The question is how much faster will it be?

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  • B3an - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    People should start seriously considering Samsung SSD's, they seem to have Intel reliability, which is why many companies use them in there products, and now they possibly have SandForce speed.
  • fhaddad78 - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    I just hope they shake up the market with a nice price point. Samsung has deep enough pockets to do it.
  • lyeoh - Thursday, August 18, 2011 - link

    I am seriously considering the PM810, just wish it would be cheaper :).

    One of the common workloads for me at work is copying folders full of various sized files (mostly small) from and to the same drive - so it's read and write to the same drive.

    Techspot did a test on something like this and the Samsung did better than the Crucial C300 and Vertex 2. I'm not sure which Anandtech benchmark would be a good match for my workload.

    The Vertex 3 might be faster, but the fact that OCZ/Sandforce could release stuff with a "time warp" bug discourages me from picking them.
  • Mr Perfect - Thursday, August 18, 2011 - link

    If it's got performance anywhere near the Sandforce then I will seriously consider it. I've watched a friend struggle with a second gen Sandforce drive for the last eight months, so they're completely off the table.
  • ComputerGuy2006 - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    I dont like these post.

    Seems my feeds get littered with spam post (aka: product announcements with little to no info on the product)... Lets just look at all the spam from yesterday + the few post done this morning:

    - Meet the 6Gbps Samsung SSD 830: The Consumer PM830
    - MSI Launches Slim 14" X460 and X460DX Notebooks
    - Initial AT&T LTE Devices Launching August 21
    - Samsung Releases White Galaxy S II
    - Minecraft Now Available for Sony's Xperia Play
    - Apple Begins Selling $69 Lion USB Drive
    - Indie Space-Shooter Space Pirates and Zombies Now On Steam

    Wow.... Not even 36 hours and we have 7 of these post. I am even finding I sometimes miss out on review post because I think they are spam and dont open them.

    It would be nice if there was a way to setup the feed to only get reviews.
  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    Hi CG;

    As of last week we now have 3 RSS feeds.

    1) The old feed is now the global (articles + pipeline) feed:

    2) The pipeline feed:

    3) The article feed:

    It sounds like you want the article feed instead of the global feed.
  • iGo - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    Thanks for this, I wasn't aware of the new RSS feeds. Even I'm using the global feed and was in quite a similar notion like ComputerGuy2006. Time to update my reader to use article feed instead. :D
  • WeaselITB - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    Ditto to iGo's comment -- I like that you've got all three feeds, but wasn't aware of the two new ones. Thanks.

  • Sangueffusor - Saturday, August 20, 2011 - link


    Is there a way to tell at-a-glance which items are pipeline and which are articles? An addition to the global feed of Pipeline: or Article: in front of the title would make it easier for me to manage. Read pipeline articles immediately and then delete them from my queue, and then read the articles or save them for later.
  • Exodite - Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - link

    I'll keep an eye out for this, definitely.

    Autumn should hopefully mark my first foray into SSD land as it is and I have good experiences with everything Samsung, aside from their optical drives.

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