There are so many choices out there when it comes to Solid State Drive and many of them are pretty reliable while the rest couldn’t keep up with the technology. Upgrading your HDD to SSD is a great way to get faster everything in your Laptop/PC. In today Samsung 840 EVO vs Intel 530 article, we will compare these two popular SSDs to give you more information about what you can expect from them. If one/both of them took your interest, go check our article below.
In this article, we are going to give you information about:
– What are Samsung 840 EVO and Intel 530
– What Samsung 840 EVO and Intel 530 can offer to you
– Samsung 840 EVO vs Intel 530
About Samsung 840 EVO
Samsung 840 EVO has been around for quite some time now because it is indeed already released in 2013. This SSD is the continuation/successor of the original model that launched around a year earlier and just like the name that means Evolution, it supposed to give you a better performance than the predecessor. As a continuation of the previous model, you can expect many similar capabilities in this one but also some improvement. It still comes in 2.5 form factor just like the size of your HDD.
Samsung 840 EVO Features
As it has been mentioned earlier that Samsung 840 EVO has many similarities with its predecessor, the SSD still uses the same 3-bit-per-cell TLC NAND like the original model but now it moves to smaller process geometry. They call this NAND technology process as 10nm-class or 1x-nm that can be used to refer anywhere ranging from 10nm to 19nm but can also refer to 19nm TLC. This new TLC is available up to 128Gbit per die like those IMFT’s 20nm MLC process. Read also: Crucial M500 vs Samsung 840 EVO here.
However, unlike IMFT that offer 128Gbit, Samsung still on a 8KB page size even though they used the new generation NAND while the number of block is more similar to the previous IMFT’s 64 Gbit 20nm MLC at 256 which shows that the company don’t want to sacrifice latency even further to shrink die area. Together with the NAND update, Samsung also upgrade the controller in Samsung 840 EVO. The architecture hasn’t change but now it is based on the same triple-core Cortex R4 design same like the previous MDX controller.
In this model the cores runs at 400Mhz compared to 300MHz in previous version that improve the performance of this SSD. This upgrade also seen as an update to SATA 3.1, which brings some features, such as queued TRIM commands support. Samsung 840 EVO has hardware AES-256 that PSID is printed on each drive label just like in Crucial M500, so when there is a case of you losing the drive encryption’s key, you may use the code to unlock the drive even though the data will still be lost.
When it was first released, it doesn’t come with TCG Opal and Microsoft’s eDrive spec, but a firmware update not long after solve all of these problem. The disk was initially available from 120GB to 1TB but it may be hard to find all of them today.
Samsung 840 EVO Price and Warranty
In present day, Samsung 840 EVO is priced at $233.03 for the 250GB capacity, which is down to 93 cents per GB. The company also will give you 3 year limited warranty just like the original model.
About Intel 530
Intel 530 was released a few years ago in 2013 when many manufacturers start to improve their disks performance stability rather than just focus on the peak speed. Similar like its predecessors, this SSD is still SF-2281 based but now it uses a newer silicon revision of the SF-2281. This new BO2 stepping didn’t change the performance in one way or another but is said to be able to lowers its power consumption more particularly when the drive is idling.
Intel 530 Features
Just like the 335 model, this SSD also move from 25nm IMFT NAND to 20nm IMFT NAND, which has slower erase times but is still comparable to the 25nm NAND. This movement is caused by 25nm NAND that is no longer cost effective and with 20nm becoming more mature as times goes by, Intel also start using it in their higher end model. Unlike the previous SSDs from the company, this one is available in 3 different form factors including 2,5 inch, mSATA, AND M.2 (80mm).
The capacity of 2.5 inch form factor ranging from 80GB to 480GB, mSATA only available to 240GB, and M.2 only to360GB because mSATA only has room for 4 packages while M.2 only has room for 6 NAND packages. From the appearance, it still used aluminum as the building material for the chassis with now bigger and more centered Intel logo.
Intel 530 Price and Warranty
In present day, Intel 530 is priced at $596.88 for the 240GB capacity, which makes it down to around $2.5 per GB. Just like Intel higher-end consumer SSDs, it comes with a 5 years warranty to ensure it serves the lifespan properly.
Now, let’s compare Samsung 840 EVO with Intel 530. They are rated as a great drive but also has some differences. The basic difference is the NAND type because Samsung used 19nm TLC NAD while at the other hand Intel used 20nm MLC NAND. In Max sequential read Intel is faster in lower capacity while Samsung is faster in bigger capacity. The sizes also different because Samsung only has the standard 2.3 inches and mSATA (released after) while Intel is available in mSATA as well as the M.2 size.
As you already know that Intel 530 is the higher end user model and it also use MLC, so the company provide longer warranty for this SSD with 5 years warranty as oppose to Samsung 840 EVO which used TLC and seen as lower consumer model, so it only comes with 3 years limited warranty. However for home use, these two will mostly outlast the warranty period.
Samsung 840 Evo Vs Intel 530
All in all, the decision is all yours to make. In our opinion, both of them are as great and you may already have your preference on which to choose. However in our opinion, if you are a standard home user, price is an important thing to consider besides the capabilities. In this article we see Samsung 840 EVO is the better option for its good performance as well as affordability.