Thursday, August 11th 2011

Samsung Announces High-performance 512GB SSDs with Ultra-fast SATA 6 Gb/s Interface

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in advanced semiconductor technology solutions, announced today volume production of SSDs (solid state drives) that support the Serial ATA Revision 3.0 interface with data transmissions at six gigabits per second (6Gb/s). The new high-performance PM830 SSDs are available at up to 512 gigabyte (GB) densities.

Samsung's new high-speed SSDs are ideally suited for use in high-performance OEM notebooks and tablets. Sample production of the SATA 6 Gb/s 512 GB SSDs began in May, with volume production initiated earlier this month. The new drives are expected to replace SATA 3 Gb/s-based SSDs by year-end.

“Samsung’s new line up of advanced SSDs will raise the performance bar to the next level for ultra-slim notebooks and tablets and accelerate growth of the market for high-performance SSDs,” said Wanhoon Hong, executive vice president, memory sales & marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics. “The industry is expected to quickly embrace SATA 6Gb/s-based SSDs, which also will help increase market interest in 256GB and higher densities significantly,” he added.

The SATA 6Gb/s SSD shortens system boot-up time to about 10 seconds, while its high-performance allows users to download up to five DVD video files in less than a minute.

The 512GB SSD utilizes Samsung’s most advanced 20 nanometer (nm) class** 32Gigabit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND memory chip incorporating the toggle DDR interface. A proprietary NAND controller facilitates exceptional performance levels that take full advantage of the toggle DDR architecture and the SATA 6Gb/s interface. The new SSD doubles the performance of a SATA 3Gb/s drive, with sequential read speeds of 500 megabytes per second (MB/s) and sequential write speeds of 350MB/s.

The drive also features the industry’s highest level of security, which uses an AES 256-bit encryption algorithm to protect personal or corporate data from unauthorized access.

Samsung’s SATA 6Gb/s SSDs are available in 512GB, 256GB and 128GB densities. The new high-performance SSD line-up is targeted for use in premium OEM notebooks, and tablets.

According to market research firm IDC, the global outlook for client-side SSDs is expected to grow ten-fold from 11 million units in 2011 to 100 million units in 2015. Moreover, the use of NAND in 256GB SSDs is forecast to more than double from 19 percent of all NAND used in SSDs in 2011 to 42 percent in 2015. Further, demand for 512GB SSDs is expected to grow from a 0.3 percent portion in 2011 to eight percent in 2015, also underscoring the growing interest in higher density SSDs.
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15 Comments on Samsung Announces High-performance 512GB SSDs with Ultra-fast SATA 6 Gb/s Interface

#1
RejZoR
Are their controllers any good? Old ones were rather mediocre...
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#2
Th3pwn3r
That seems to be the case with just about any and all controllers. Nearly all of them are trash or are giving people issues. I want an SSD badly but their reliability almost makes me nervous.

EDIT: Intel doesn't seem to be giving people hell though.
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#3
TheLaughingMan
RejZoR said:
Are their controllers any good? Old ones were rather mediocre...
It says in the post they do 500 MB/s read and 350 MB/s writes, so yes they are still mediocre.
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#4
devguy
Th3pwn3r said:
EDIT: Intel doesn't seem to be giving people hell though.
Yup, no problems from Intel, either.
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#5
[H]@RD5TUFF
TheLaughingMan said:
It says in the post they do 500 MB/s read and 350 MB/s writes, so yes they are still mediocre.
That's too bad :cry:
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#6
WarraWarra
That specs is likely the avg. of all test done on several desktops, under quoted the performance.
The Samsung SSD's is good even though a bit slow as compared to other brands.
Just look at something like newegg and the ssd reviews for reliability guestimate.

I have tried to destroy a 128gb Samsung ssd 470 and it still works, they have the samsung magician software that can auto tune the drive for optimal performance in what ever it might run at that windows moment.
Just install the latest Intel drivers for you mboard, think *.1031 is out right now.

Linux it runs at 95% or more of controller max.

"Intel320 8mb bug" Intel has bugs here is a good linked page about what was going on some time ago for ssd's
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4604/the-sandforce-roundup-corsair-patriot-ocz-owc-memoright-ssds-compared
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#7
Th3pwn3r
Right, people need to factor in reliability as well and be a bit less concerned with speed. It's not fast if it doesn't work at all.

Anyhow, touching upon Intel, yes they do have issues as well BUT not nearly as much as other offerings. I have been thinking the Revodrive is the way to go but that thing has ridiculous power consumption even while idle(13.5 watts for the X2), it might not seem like much but compare that to an SSD which has an idle power consumption of only .5 watts, sometimes more, sometimes less.
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#8
Wile E
Power User
Th3pwn3r said:
Right, people need to factor in reliability as well and be a bit less concerned with speed. It's not fast if it doesn't work at all.

Anyhow, touching upon Intel, yes they do have issues as well BUT not nearly as much as other offerings. I have been thinking the Revodrive is the way to go but that thing has ridiculous power consumption even while idle(13.5 watts for the X2), it might not seem like much but compare that to an SSD which has an idle power consumption of only .5 watts, sometimes more, sometimes less.
Probably a good thing that power consumption is not on my list of concerns then.
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$immond$
Th3pwn3r said:
That seems to be the case with just about any and all controllers. Nearly all of them are trash or are giving people issues. I want an SSD badly but their reliability almost makes me nervous.

EDIT: Intel doesn't seem to be giving people hell though.
I am not sure what your talking about. Are you referring to SSD's with 6 Gbps interfaces with the controller issues? because I own 3 SSDs and I am yet to experience any reliability issues.
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#10
Th3pwn3r
$immond$ said:
I am not sure what your talking about. Are you referring to SSD's with 6 Gbps interfaces with the controller issues? because I own 3 SSDs and I am yet to experience any reliability issues.
Do some research and consider yourself extremely lucky.
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#11
Th3pwn3r
Wile E said:
Probably a good thing that power consumption is not on my list of concerns then.
It's not so much that the power consumption is the big issue but the additional heat generated more so. I have a pretty big power supply that I probably only use half it's max output of but additional heat steers me away.
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#12
$immond$
Th3pwn3r said:
Do some research and consider yourself extremely lucky.
Yea the first gen of any new technology has issues. I bought SSDs with sandforce 1200 -1222 controllers. No issues at all, and the problems with the sandforce 2000 + controllers can be fixed with a firmware update. Just because "some" users are having problems with their ssds doesnt mean all users will experience the same issues.
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#13
[H]@RD5TUFF
$immond$ said:
Just because "some" users are having problems with their ssds doesnt mean all users will experience the same issues.
Exactly I dislike how when one person gets a defect some people seem to believe the tech is now crap.
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$immond$
[H]@RD5TUFF said:
Exactly I dislike how when one person gets a defect some people seem to believe the tech is now crap.
Most problems of the SSDs were alleviated by sandforce based controllers.
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Wile E
Power User
Th3pwn3r said:
It's not so much that the power consumption is the big issue but the additional heat generated more so. I have a pretty big power supply that I probably only use half it's max output of but additional heat steers me away.
Yeah, because 13w puts out ungodly amounts of heat.

If you can afford the Revo, you can buy a fan for you case.
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