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Samsung500GB 840 Evo-Series SATA III Internal SSD
 
4.9

(based on 99 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (87)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quiet (76)
  • Fast (67)
  • Easy to install (56)
  • Highly compatible (54)
  • Reliable (48)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (12)

Best Uses

  • High-end multimedia (27)
  • Gaming (16)
  • File transfer (6)
  • Additional storage (5)
  • Photo storage (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Heavy duty user (46), Frequent user (20), Power user (16), Tech savvy (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (64), Business (22)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (12), Mac (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.

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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

Great SSD

By Monti

from New Hampshire

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • File Transfer

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

    I have been using this as my primary drive for months and love it. Its speed is drastically noticeably in boot and programs.

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

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    5.0

    a nice SSD

    By hulsebrah

    from san diego

    About Me Power user

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        super fast in use, very easy to install.

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

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        5.0

        Amazing upgrade

        By Kehayias

        from New York

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

        I upgrade my MacBook with this hard drive and I'm impressed how much performance I have now

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        5.0

        Excellent

        By Bruno

        from MG, Brazil

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • High Capacity
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I have other 3 SSD's running in different equipments. This is the fast one. Don't try save images of older HDD's. The best result come from a fresh new installation of the operational system.

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

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            5.0

            Solid Drive

            By Goran

            from New Jersey

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • File Transfer

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

              This is my second Samsung SSD. I use this one for storing my audio sample libraries. Works great and no stability issues so far.

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

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              5.0

              Reliable and Fast

              By Andrew

              from Yorkville, IL

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to use
              • Fast
              • High Capacity
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photo Storage
                • Video

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

                I purchased this drive for the Fine Art Student in our family. She had exhausted the space on a 240GB and needed more for an upcoming video course. I copied the existing drive to the new drive, installed it, and everything worked without issue. This is the fourth Samsung SSD I have used, and so far all have performed well.

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

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                5.0

                The SSD to use in a Mac

                By Ebus

                from New England

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                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

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                    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

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                        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

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                          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

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                              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

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                                  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

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                                        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

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                                          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

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                                          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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