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Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD

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Product Highlights
  • 500GB Capacity
  • 540 MB/s Sequential Read Speed
  • 520 MB/s Sequential Write Speed
  • 98K Random Read Speed
  • 90K Random Write Speed
  • 0.045W Idle Power Consumption
  • 256-bit AES Encryption
  • 1.5 Million Hours MTBF

The 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD from Samsung is a solid state hard drive featuring a 500GB storage capacity perfect for storing a variety of files including HD quality video, movies, photos, music, documents and more. With a solid state drive you benefit from enhanced read and write speeds as well as the assurance that this drive is free of moving parts making for a more reliable memory source.

Aside from being a more reliable memory source, you also benefit from increased battery life on your PC as this solid state drive greatly reduces power consumption when compared to traditional hard disk drives. SATA III compatibility makes for easy installation into a variety of PCs running Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP and Windows Server 2003 and 2008.

Performance
• Optimized to improve everyday PC productivity, including web-browsing, email, multimedia and gaming
• Enables you to boot up your computer in as little as 15 seconds
• Samsung RAPID technology boosts overall PC performance by using idle DRAM as an ultra-fast buffer
TurboWrite
• Samsung's TurboWrite write acceleration technology significantly increases sequential write performance
Protect Your PC
• Solid-state design provides greater shock protection for data and brushed metal case blocks dust and corrosion
Components
• Enhanced multi-tasking performance with 5th-generation 3-Core Samsung MEX Controller
Encryption
• AES 256-bit full-disk encryption
Battery
• Energy efficient SSD improves battery life by up to 45 minutes
Capacity 500GB
Interface SATA 6 Gb/s (compatible with SATA 3 Gb/s and SATA 1.5 Gb/s)
NAND Flash 1 nm Samsung Toggle DDR 2.0 3-Bit MLC NAND Flash Memory (400 Mbps)
DRAM Cache Memory 256 MB
Garbage Collection Yes
S.M.A.R.T. Support Yes
Sequential Read Speed 540 MB/s
Sequential Write Speed 520 MB/s
Random Read Speed 98K
Random Write Speed 90K
Form Factor 2.5" / 7 mm
Drive Type SATA III
Controller Samsung MEX Controller
NAND Flash 1y nm Triple Level C cell (TLC) Toggle NAND 2.0
Standard Operating Voltage 5V ± 5%
Hardware Compatibility Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Windows Vista
Windows XP
MAC OSX
Linux
Software Compatibility Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Windows Vista (SP1 and above)
Windows XP (SP2 and above)
Windows Server 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Windows Server 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit with SP2 and above)
Power Consumption (Active) 0.1 W (typical)
Power Consumption (Idle) 0.045 W
Trim Support Y (with supported OS)
RAID Support Y (with RAID Controller)
AES Encryption Yes, 256-Bit AES
Reliability MTBF 1,500,000 hours
AFR (%) 0.16%
Operating Temperature 32 to 158°F / 0 to 70°C
Humidity 5 to 95%
Dimensions 0.28 x 2.75 x 3.94" / 7.11 x 69.85 x 100.08 mm
Weight 1.92 oz / 54.43 g
Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD
  • Limited 3-Year Manufacturer Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Samsung500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD
     
    4.8

    (based on 93 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (81)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Quiet (71)
    • Fast (66)
    • Easy to install (56)
    • Highly compatible (54)
    • Reliable (48)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (12)

    Best Uses

    • High-end multimedia (27)
    • Gaming (16)
    • Additional storage (5)
    • Back-up (4)
    • File transfer (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Heavy duty user (46), Frequent user (20), Power user (11), Tech savvy (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (59), Business (22)
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac (7), PC (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great 500GB SSD

    Top Quality, FAST, Easy to Install, Reliable, Excellent Price.

    I'm using several EVO SSD of each popular capacity (250GB, 500GB, 1TB), for my Desktop PCs and my...Read complete review

    Top Quality, FAST, Easy to Install, Reliable, Excellent Price.

    I'm using several EVO SSD of each popular capacity (250GB, 500GB, 1TB), for my Desktop PCs and my laptops. I use 500GB for boot drive on my Desktops. I use 1TB for data only, and 250 for boot drive on my laptop (with data on an external drive). I've had no issues with the drives. They're solid state, so now the ONLY noise is the fan on my video card in one of my desktops.

    If you have any computer experience, I would not recommend keeping all of the settings that are set by the Samsung software which comes with each SSD. The disk will certainly set the "necessary" settings correctly. Other settings are more of a user preference. While the Samsung High Performance settings are ok for anyone, each person can self adjust using other tools that come with Windows. There are many sources on the web for that.

    I highly recommend the Samsung EVO SSDs. You will physically see a big difference compared to HDD or SSHD. With SSD, boot up is very fast; all icons pop on the screen at the same time.

    There is a lot of online debate regarding speed between Evo and Pro. Those tests and benchmarks are based on a set scenario, in laboratory conditions. The minor differences can't be detected in real life. No human will ever notice the difference.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good Upgrade

    I purchased to give my already good performing computer a boost and this SSD did. Things that are great is only one single thing I can think of and that is an increase in...Read complete review

    I purchased to give my already good performing computer a boost and this SSD did. Things that are great is only one single thing I can think of and that is an increase in drive performance that over a mechanical hard drive. Things that are not so great is that while not a deal breaker there are some bugs that Samsung has not yet resolved.

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    5.0

    The SSD to use in a Mac

    By Ebus

    from New England

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Quiet

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Boot drive

    Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

    If you're looking to upgrade the old HD to an SSD in a Mac, this is the manufacturer and SSD you want. Caveats: get Trim Enabler and SSD Fan Control. Need more? 23 seconds to boot a 2009 MacBook Pro. Awesome.

    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac

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    5.0

    Great stable & fast drive

    By Galdort

    from Washington Heights

    Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

    Simple, and effective. Great drive & I highly recommend it.

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    5.0

    Works great! Easy to set up. Fast!

    By Husker

    from Altoona, IA

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

        Wanted an SSD drive for faster speed on my older (2008) computer. Works with my SATA2 plug. Not as fast as SATA3, but still much faster. Great upgrade. Be sure to by extra SATA cable and converter bracket for 2.5" to 3.5" drive. This thing is tiny!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        4.0

        Nice

        By Boom

        from Arlington,TX

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

            very fast

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Awesome Drive!

            By Tiger PetFish

            from Southbury, CT

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Compact
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use
            • High Capacity
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Primary Drive

              Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

              This drive is really fast and really great. Buy one... buy one now!

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              5.0

              Works as advertised

              By Happy customer

              from PA

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fast And Silent

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

                  Used with a Sata III Apricorn PCI-e card as an upgrade in a Mac Pro 5.1. An easy and worthwhile upgrade.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Awesome Drive

                  By Tom Audio Engineer

                  from Michigan

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy to use
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

                      Got the drive. A friend had the SATA to USB connector. The Samsung cloning app did a wonderful job of moving the spinning drive data to the SSD.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      5.0

                      Works great right out of the box

                      By Homerceo

                      from Inland Empire

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy to use
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

                          Easy set up, great migration software. Pretty much the simplest data drive swap out that I've done.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          5.0

                          It works.

                          By NameNick

                          from SF Bay

                          Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

                          What's to say, despite the way the bosses their treat their workers, and the danger of the crazies to the north the Koreans
                          make good SSDs, and using this one as a scratch disk greatly speeds my editing. It came with a copy/clone utility too.

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                          5.0

                          The BEST SSD!

                          By Eduardo the Powerful

                          from Fortaleza, CE

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy to use
                          • High Capacity
                          • Portable
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Additional Storage
                            • Backup
                            • File Transfer
                            • Photo Storage
                            • Video

                            Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

                            After I upgraded my old HDD from my MacBook with this SSD, it is now is perfect for everything!

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            4.0

                            t'aint bad!

                            By i'd rather discuss the z06 vette

                            from greater raleigh area

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy to use
                            • High Capacity
                            • Portable
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Additional Storage
                              • Backup
                              • File Transfer
                              • Photo Storage
                              • Video

                              Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

                              i'd like to think of myself as a computer tech pro - hah, so who doesn't these days, right? what's interesting here is my 40+ yrs in the industry. started with fixing mainframes, to programming them, the pcs and now for my last harrah, i'm a software detective.back in the day, when i did hw, i was a fixer as opposed to the designer / engineer type. still there was a lot to learn when using an oscilloscope to troubleshoot problems. so with that as a backdrop, i can say that after a couple wks with 2 new 500g and 250g sdds i'm quite impressed. i installed 1 in a relatively new thinkpad (t520) and a 7 yo, hp desktop (just sata 3). the performance alone makes it worth it!! i'm talking huge gains at boot - perhaps 4 - 500%. from power on to win 7 password entry, we're talking < 25 secs. once the os is loaded, most apps initialize like they were already loaded as a tsr - anyone recall that term? to be clear, the old hp desktop is 64 bit with w7 and 8 loaded. 8 is on a hdd. that boot still takes over a minute to pswd entry.a word of caution though. these ssds have about the same life as the hdd. yep, though it can read forever, the limitations rear their ugly head when writing data. bottom line, while quite large, there's a limitation on how many writes it can handle before it goes poof. for most of us, it should be 7 or more yrs ez. i advise that u research this info online as the reports are quite specific. also, the sw provided (magic) keeps tabs on the ssd longevity so u shoudl have an idea as it gets close to the end. when installed it defaults to using a 2nd partition. i suspect it's for internal recovery ans the writes take their toll. no worries though as it's all automatic. still, keep your passport handy for backups, k. they are cheap and take the worry out of losing data. trust me, it only needs to happen once!lastly, the ssd coems with cloning sw that allows u to completely clone your existing os and data to teh ssd. very important tough it can take a few hrs. u will need to buy the version that includes a usb adapter for the ssd since u clone first while the ssd is attached to the usb port. so sure if u have the cables, you theoretically shoudl be able to clone from c drive to e. i say e cause the optical drive usually grabs the d slot.so good luck and yes thre are alternatives to samsung's tech. i would avoid the pro version as it really doesn't provide any additional lingevity, k.in my entire career, i've never seen such a performance boost. we always knew the cpu was i/o bound but using an ssd really allows your processor to perform as it can.so al lthat written, buying 1 is a no-brainer.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              5.0

                              Worked great, better than any other SSD

                              By NuWarrior

                              from Houston, Tx

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy to use
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                              • No Bracket Included

                              Best Uses

                              • Additional Storage
                              • Backup
                              • File Transfer
                              • Photo Storage
                              • Video

                              Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

                              Received the drive, unpacked it, installed the software, cloned the drive, rebooted the laptop with the new drive and been working like a champ ever since.
                              I have used Kingston, Visiontek and Samsung by far is the easiest and most reliable so far.
                              The only thing that would make this better was if they included a bracket or something to fill in the extra dead space since this drive is so thin.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              5.0

                              Second Samsung SSD drive upgrade

                              By Nima

                              from El Paso, TX

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Fast
                              • High Capacity
                              • Quiet
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Additional Storage
                                • Backup
                                • File Transfer
                                • Photo Storage

                                Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

                                Very Fast.
                                Very Reliable.

                                I have this in the 750GB in my 2008 Macbook Pro, and I have to say it's awesome.
                                Just purchased this to upgrade my brother's macbook pro.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                3.0

                                Good Upgrade

                                By The Decider

                                from Indiana

                                About Me Heavy Duty User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Fast
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Quiet
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

                                    I purchased to give my already good performing computer a boost and this SSD did. Things that are great is only one single thing I can think of and that is an increase in drive performance that over a mechanical hard drive. Things that are not so great is that while not a deal breaker there are some bugs that Samsung has not yet resolved.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    Great SSD

                                    By Tala

                                    from New York

                                    About Me Frequent User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Fast
                                    • Highly Compatible
                                    • Quiet
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                    • Expensive

                                    Best Uses

                                    • High-End Multimedia

                                    Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

                                    Installed it on my 2011 macbook pro and its super fast

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    Fast+Reliable, what more could you want?

                                    By Alan Reviews

                                    from Carlsbad, CA

                                    About Me Frequent User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Fast
                                    • Highly Compatible
                                    • Quiet
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • High-End Multimedia

                                      Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

                                      I use this drive for my Lightroom catalog so all the previews and pictures load near instantaneous. No more waiting around when I scroll through my photos.Overall, I have had great experiences with Samsung SSD drives. I also own the 840 Pro and 830, both running great even after a few years.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

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                                      5.0

                                      Great 500GB SSD

                                      By SSD User

                                      from Washington DC Area

                                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Install
                                      • Fast
                                      • Highly Compatible
                                      • Quiet
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                      • Very Competitively Priced

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Boot Drive Or For Data

                                      Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

                                      Top Quality, FAST, Easy to Install, Reliable, Excellent Price.

                                      I'm using several EVO SSD of each popular capacity (250GB, 500GB, 1TB), for my Desktop PCs and my laptops. I use 500GB for boot drive on my Desktops. I use 1TB for data only, and 250 for boot drive on my laptop (with data on an external drive). I've had no issues with the drives. They're solid state, so now the ONLY noise is the fan on my video card in one of my desktops.

                                      If you have any computer experience, I would not recommend keeping all of the settings that are set by the Samsung software which comes with each SSD. The disk will certainly set the "necessary" settings correctly. Other settings are more of a user preference. While the Samsung High Performance settings are ok for anyone, each person can self adjust using other tools that come with Windows. There are many sources on the web for that.

                                      I highly recommend the Samsung EVO SSDs. You will physically see a big difference compared to HDD or SSHD. With SSD, boot up is very fast; all icons pop on the screen at the same time.

                                      There is a lot of online debate regarding speed between Evo and Pro. Those tests and benchmarks are based on a set scenario, in laboratory conditions. The minor differences can't be detected in real life. No human will ever notice the difference.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

                                      Share this review

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Works great - FAST!

                                      By Rusty

                                      from Alabama

                                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Install
                                      • Fast
                                      • Highly Compatible
                                      • Quiet

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

                                          I put this in my wife's 2009 13 inch MacBook Pro. It works just as expected! Nice and fast!

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business

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                                          4.0

                                          Good product

                                          By Pedorunner

                                          from Santiago, Chile

                                          About Me Frequent User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Install
                                          • Fast
                                          • Highly Compatible
                                          • Reliable

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • High-End Multimedia

                                            Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

                                            Easy to install, to make an upgrade to my MacBook Pro

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal

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                                            5.0

                                            GREAT!!!!

                                            By fscruz

                                            from Brasil

                                            About Me Heavy Duty User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Install
                                            • Fast
                                            • Highly Compatible
                                            • Quiet

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • High-End Multimedia

                                              Comments about Samsung 500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD:

                                              It's wonderful with my MacPro!!

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Business

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